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Class 1 Driver – Tractor Trailer


The trucking industry is a stable and growing sector that is in the need of qualified Class 1 Operators. Receive the certifications you’ll need to work here in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

METI’s Class 1 Driver – Tractor Trailer Program prepares you to become a professional driverby following and meeting the standard for Tractor Trailer Training criteria set by the TruckingHuman Resource Sector Council (THRSC) and industry.

Class 1 driver training

Approved by Nova Scotia Department of Labour & Advanced Education and the Atlantic Trucking Human Resource Sector Council, METI is a Licensed Driver Training School in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Act. Graduates have the knowledge, skills, and certification needed to meet the industry demands of a Class 1 Operator.

This 15 week program consists of 11 weeks at METI with over 50 hours of Behind the Wheel time and 4 weeks of Internship. Many employees are required to have additional safety certifications which are included in the program, eliminating the needand cost of additional training.

Your training certifications will be from METI,  Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA), Energy Safety Canada, Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA), Nova Scotia Dept. of Transportation, Canada Safety Council, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and St. John Ambulance, giving you a competitive edge for employment.

METI trains with over 500 business and trade professionals.Our course was developed with input from industry professionals who continue to work with us, ensuring that you have the mosthire-able skills in the industry.

Our support continues long after you have completed your training.We strive to provide Class 1 Driver Training – Tractor Trailer Program graduates with information on career opportunities and career advancement.

Class 1 Driver Training Semi

Train on our late model Freightliner “Cascadias”, part of our fleet of modern, industry standard highway tractors.

Industry Endorsements

METI’s maintains real industry relationships.
“METI and our team partner to place operators with our shutdowns. METI are just awesome and find us CLASS 1 & 3 people who are interested in working Turnarounds.”
Renée Rust
Manager: Recruitment CEDA

“When I need tractor-trailer or tandem truck drivers I look to METI to fill the void.”
Joe Parsons,
Owner Joe 
Parsons Construction

Another of METI’s real industry relationships.
Well Trained Drivers & Fantastic Service! Thank you METI from everyone at MAD Oilfield Solutions

Course Description

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
  • Standard First Aid Training, CPR & AED Level C (St. John Ambulance)
  • TDG
  • Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC)
  • Air Brakes
  • OSSA Basic Safety Orientation (BSO)
  • Construction Safety Training Systems (CSTS)
  • H2S Alive Training (Energy Safety Canada)
  • Pre-Trip Inspection and Coupling
  • Truck Driver Life Skills
  • Computers Basics
  • Career Development
  • Tractor Trailer Driving Basics
  • Tractor Trailer Systems
  • Field and Maneuvering Skills
  • Class 1 Driver – Practical – Behind The Wheel (BTW)
  • Internship

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During the 4 week internship, the student will receive a minimum of 100 HRS behind the wheel (BTW) time, complying with the Atlantic Canada Trucking Industry Class 1 Professional Truck Driver Training Public and Private Training Institute Standards.

Class 1 Driver Training – Tractor Trailer Program features our late model Freightliner “Cascadias”(as shown), which are modern, industry standard highway tractors. Students use this air brake equipped vehicle which has an 18-speed transmission and a 500 hp diesel fueled engine. Students will learn the basic operations of the vehicle and its legal requirements for “Hours of Service Regulation”, pre-trip requirements, maintenance and safe highway operation.

Class 1 Driver Training Trailer

Along with the above tractor, our training also uses a 48 Foot, Wilson Tri-Axle flat deck trailer. This trailer allows for quick and easy loading of goods. It is used to transport heavy loads that are not delicate or vulnerable to precipitation such as construction equipment and also for abnormal loads that require more space than is available for a closed body trailer.

Class 1 Driver Training

METI also has a 53 foot Van Trailer. It is the industry standard for carrying common, commercial goods and commodities.

Class 1 Driver Training METI semi

One of our Class 1 Driver training vehicles is seen here delivering METI Scaffold equipment, on its way to a shutdown at NS Power.

Admission Requirements:

  • Pass/Provide a Class 1 Driver’s Medical
  • Provide a Driver’s Abstract
  • Provide a Criminal Search Report
  • Provide a Letter of Intent
  • Possess a Class 5 Driver’s License (In Graduated Licensing, “N” must be removed prior to start date)
  • Attend a Pre-screening Session (TOWES testing and interview)

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 Enrollment and Financing Options

Our Admissions team is here to help you with any enrolment questions you have about the ADMISSION PROCESS, and to provide information about FINANCING OPTIONS that may be available to you.
Contact our admissions team today: 902-539-9766, (toll free) 1-877-800-6384 or email

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