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Tractor Trailer – Class 1

South Shore Career Training CentreTractor Trailer – Class 1

Course Details

Duration: 15 weeks

Tuition: $9990.00

Books: $250.00

Available in: Sydney Bridgewater

Course Description

Approved by the NS Department of Education and Atlantic Trucking Sector Council .

Class One Tractor Trailer drivers are in demand across Canada. South Shore Career Training Centre in Bridgewater and McKenzie College in Sydney provides professional driver training in Nova Scotia so you can study close to home and become part of this dynamic industry. The program includes preparation for the Nova Scotia Air Brake test, professional driving skills instruction for both urban and rural driving.Our program is developed in accordance with the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council and provides valuable work experience with a 4 week internship at the end of the program.

Career Opportunities
The SSCTC’s Tractor Trailer – Class 1 Program is designed for those students who wish to obtain their Class 1  Nova Scotia license for Tractor Trailers.   Carriers across Nova Scotia are actively recruiting Drivers for Class 1, long haul routes. The trucking sector is one of the hottest areas of employment in Canada today with an estimated need for over 20,000 drivers.

What makes our program unique?
SSCTC’s Trailer Trailer – Class 1 program is unique in Nova Scotia. We offer a 15-week program that includes extensive worksite experience and more hands on training. Our program meets the requirements of the THRSC (Trucking Human Resource Sector Council). Don’t settle for less than our professional 15 week course.

Students receive industry recognized safety certifications needs by most employers in the transportation sector. Our program includes air-brake instruction as part of the program and students do not have to write their air-brake certificate before enrolling in the program.

This program is available at both the Sydney Campus and Bridgewater Campus. SSCTC provides a modern learning environment that includes both in class and on site educational resources. The Tractor Trailer – Class One program is available monthly.

Program Modules

  • Air Brakes
  • Pre and Post Trip Inspections and Coupling
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Driving Theory and Regulations
  • Professional Driving Theory
  • Cargo and Load Securement
  • Yard Maneuvers
  • Urban Driving
  • Rural Driving
  • Worksite Safety
  • Workplace Math
  • Communications and Customer Relations
  • Computer Technology and Business Equipment
  • Resume Building
  • Road Test


Applicants to the Tractor Trailer – Class 1 program are asked to provide the following documentation prior to receiving acceptance:

  • Valid Class 5 license with the N removed
  • Completed Application Form
  • $50.00 registration fee (will be applied to Tuition)
  • Drivers Abstract
  • Criminal Records Check
  • Personal Resume
  • Successful completion of TOWES test
  • Personal interview
  • Letter of Intent
  • NS Driver’s Medical Examination
  • Eye Examination
  • Psyco-Physical and testing
  • Mechanical aptitude test
  • Submit to drug testing

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are McKenzie College and the South Shore Career Training Centre recognized schools?
A. Yes. Both colleges, like all institutions in NS, are registered under the Private Trade School Act. McKenzie College has been registered since 1988. Our programs have been reviewed and meet the requirements of the Nova Scotia Dept of Labour and Advanced Education and the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council.

Q. How much seat time is given students in the Tractor Trailer program?
A. Both colleges, provide students with a total of 53 hours of in-seat driving time. The minimum standard required by the province of NS is 40 hours of in-seat driving time. McKenzie College and the South Shore Career Training Centre offer the most in-seat driving time of any program offered in the province of Nova Scotia.

Q. Why is the program 15 weeks long?
A. The provincial standard for Class 1 driver training is 12 weeks, with a 4 week internship. Our program is three weeks longer, because we offer 13 hours more in-seat driving time than the minimum standard available at other driving schools. The extra three weeks also allows us to accommodate the extra seat time and for more flexible driver scheduling for students who may have to travel to attend the program.

Q. How do I get the experience required by the industry for employment?
A. McKenzie College and the South Shore Career Training Centre and all other driving schools in the province offer a 4 week internship with a commercial carrier as part of the program. Top companies like Tom MacDonald Trucking, ADTS, Armour Transport, Eassons, Sysco, S&M Trucking and Scotsburn and more have all taken our students on 4 week internships and have hired graduates.

Q. Do I have to do the 4 week internship?
A. The 4 week internship is a required part of the course. More importantly, it is in the students benefit to complete the internship. Most companies are actively looking for drivers, and the internship is your chance to show your skills and their chance to “test drive” you as an employer. Our Tractor Trailer program has the equivalency of 2 years of driving experience in the view of industry insurers and industry stakeholders such as Trucking Human Resource Sector Council.

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