Class 1 Driver – Tractor Trailer

  • Home
  • 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 driver by following and meeting the standard for Tractor Trailer Training criteria set by the Trucking Human 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 need  and 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 most hire-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

Click to see full course descriptions


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.


Along with the above tractor, our training also uses a 48 Class 1 Driver Training TrailerFoot, 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.


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 ashutdown 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)


Click here to apply

 Enrollment and Financing Options

Our Admissions team is here to help you with any enrollment 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


Back to Programs

Next Start Date: Nov. 23, 2020
End Date: Jan. 15, 2021
Duration: 15 Weeks
Total Cost: $9950
Please contact us at
or send us an email at
for more information.

Come in to our Sydney Campus at 301 Alexandra Street, call us 902-539-9766 or email

Apply Now

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55

Notice: Undefined variable: rating_value in /home/qydecmmneuc0/public_html/wp-content/plugins/testimonial-free/public/views/schema.php on line 55


Jamie Buist

I would like to thank METI for the great SAIA scaffold course they put on.  I was able to find work right here in Sydney thanks, METI.
Derek Gouthro – I just received a call from Kiewit (scaffolding).  Thank you,
everyone at M.E.T.I.!

Jamie Buist

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Chad Johnston – Nov 2018:

Hey folks just finishing up my scaffolding course great course to take all the
instructors great people! Big shout out to Gerard, Chris, uncle Harold, Paul, and Brian for making this experience a good one, excellent course folks high
recommend it!

Chad Johnston

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Jolene MacNeil – June 2016: 

As a recent graduate of the SAIA (Scaffold and Access Industry Association) Program (June, 2016) as well as the Environmental Health and Safety Program (fall, 2015).

I just wanted to thank all the dedicated staff at METI, especially Gerard Jessome, for passing along their infinite knowledge, skills and contacts during my training. With Gerard’s assistance, I was offered a position with Brock Canada Field Services immediately following the
completion of my course. As a “mature” female student who has never worked in the oil and gas industry, I believe this opportunity presented itself on the basis of the excellent training provided by METI, and the respect they have earned for producing well qualified graduates. Keep up the great work!

Jolene MacNeil

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Liam MacNeil – July 2018:

I’d like to thank everyone at METI for the great SAIA Pre-Employment program. Got a job with Redi-Energy on Suncor’s Fort Hills site before the course was even over!

Awesome program, everything we learned in class is being applied daily. Special thanks to Gerard Jessome for being a great instructor and helping me get a job.

Liam MacNeil

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Elmer Haan  – Sept 2017: 

Program Manager

METI has been providing excellent service, and reliable training for CLAC for many years. Their diverse course offerings, from OSSA certifications to SAIA Pre-Employment and journeyperson scaffold training has proven to be extremely valuable to us. Our continued strong relationship with METI allows CLAC members to access training in Eastern Canada. METI instructors are knowledgeable and have shown a real passion for ensuring our members are trained to the highest industry standards. Brian Carrier reviewed METI Maritime Environmental Training Institute — 5 star May 11, 2018. I attended METI's courses and I am very satisfied with the training they gave me. I would like to thank my instructor Gerard Jessome providing me with quality training. I am now a 3rd year scaffolder soon to be journeyman.

METI has been with me every step of the way and has been instrumental in my success. Within 2 months of completing the program, I had found employment. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work for Quinn Construction at 28$ per hour. Then I worked for PCL as a second year for 36$ per hour. Then I became third year with a salary of 38,75$ per hour. I am now working for AEcom with an hourly rate of 36$. The drop-in wage aside, with my overtime hours, my income has remained the same.

Thanks to METI, I went from having a job to having a career I am proud of.

Elmer Haan

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Mark Callaghan – Sept 2017: 

Project Coordinator
Panels and Pipes Mechanical Services

We have developed a great relationship with METI and their Pre-Employment Scaffolding Program over the past five years. Numerous graduates have been employed by Panels and Pipes and are always very well prepared to begin their careers as Scaffolders. They are well trained, knowing and understanding the basics of scaffolding and how to construct it safely. Along with their SAIA Scaffolding accreditation and added safety certifications METI graduates are always on the top of our list when hiring new Scaffolders.

Mark Callaghan

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Keith MacIntyre

This program is hands down the best in the industry. The
training I received prepared me for just about every situation I ran into when I began working in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. I could answer questions without hesitation, and put my words into action. I worked from an entry level safety watch position to a team lead position in my first year, by the end of my third year in the oil patch I was an HSEQ Manager overseeing several sites.

Keith MacIntyre

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Leigh Blinkhorn – June 2017:

When I graduated from the EHST program in 2011, I immediately started work as a Health and Safety Advisor with Commissioning Group. From there, I worked with Kentz, MMR, and KFFT.

My employers were so impressed with the caliber of my training and the working knowledge that I possessed, that they funded further training for me (Tap Root investigation, etc.). I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to teach this program. Their support continued long after I left METI.

Leigh Blinkhorn

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Donna Lea Kehoe – Jan 2018:

In 2015 I had no job, no prospects and not very much self confidence, when I was told about METIs environmental tech. course by Jean Chisholm of Nova Scotia Works. I graduated in July 2015 with alot of tickets but no real idea of what to do with what I had. After many closed doors METI invited me to a job fair for Sulzer Chemtech. After working for them for the last 2 years, I got married in April, I just bought my very first new car and I hope to be in my own home sometime in the not to distant future. I loved my experience at METI & I love my job with Sulzer.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Donna Lea Kehoe

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Jay Budd – July 2018:

After fulfilling my Environmental Health and Safety Technicians Diploma in
February, I was recently hired on in Saint John, NB with a contracted company, working at the Irving Oil Refinery as a Safety Coordinator! They were very impressed with the number of courses I graduated with. They give you the hands- on experience and plenty of courses you need to get to where ever it is you may want to be! So grateful to have taken this course and highly recommend it to anyone who would like to get into the Safety field!!

Thank you METI

Jay Budd

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Take A Video Tour of METI.

Have a question?

Call us at (902) 539-9766, or send us an email:
Or Stop by our Sydney Campus at 301 Alexandra Street, Sydney.

Quick Contact