Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Government-sponsored Professional Truck Driver Programs

We are not taking applications at this time

This government-sponsored program is tuition-free

Thompson Rivers University, School of Trades and Technology, in partnership with Columbia Transport Training Ltd., is pleased to offer Class 1 Truck Driver Training.

The BC trucking industry is currently facing shortages of truck drivers. This program has been developed in collaboration with trucking companies and industry stakeholders.

The Class 1 Truck Driver Training program is delivered at the TRU Kamloops campus.


  • Meet eligibility requirements set out on the LMA Eligibility Form
  • Complete an Application
  • Have a valid BC Class 5
  • Have a personal interview with instructors and program caseworker

Funding is provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement. This initiative is geared towards people who are unemployed or under-employed and who are NOT currently receiving Employment Insurance.

The Class 1 Truck Driver Training program includes:

  • Airbrakes
  • Class 1 Driver Training — five weeks — 104 hours in-vehicle training
  • Road test at ICBC

Upon completion of the program, you will be an entry-level truck driver with behind the wheel experience, and ready for employment.

Class dates

Continuous intake

Application procedure

  1. You must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the LMA eligibility Form.
  2. Email, fax, phone or mail the following items to the contact person noted below:
    • Completed LMA Eligibility Form
    • Cover letter indicating why the applicant wants to take the program
    • Current resume
    • Completed TRU Application, and if possible, a letter from a potential employer indicating a commitment for employment (applicants with this letter will receive priority consideration)
    • Pre-screening application
    • Driver's abstract


Ray Trenholm — Driver Training
TRU School of Trades and Technology
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8

Phone: 250-828-5104 or 250-371-5817
Fax: 250-828-5492

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