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Professional Truck Transportation


Professional truck drivers play a critical role in our economies around the world, responsible for the transportation of materials and products throughout the province, across the country, and between international borders. Many job opportunities exist for skilled, qualified individuals looking to work as truck and transport drivers. This eight-month certificate program covers a diverse range of topics that provide students with professional, theoretical and practical in-depth knowledge to work in the transportation sector. 

Road safety is an incredibly important part of the job for a truck driver in Canada. Employees routinely inspect and maintain their vehicles and ensure all safety procedures are followed while driving. This program teaches students a wide range of topics related to vehicle and road safety including many legal rules and regulations, dangerous goods regulations, weather conditions estimation, judging road conditions, defensive driving techniques, fatigue management skills and practices, and daily/pre-trip inspection. 

Communication between team members, warehouse associates, clients, and officials is a daily part of the job when working in the transportation sector. This program introduces students to understand and prepare for careers that require frequent problem solving and coordination between individuals and teams. Students will also learn the technical aspects involved with loading, securing, and transporting loads such as log book management, electronic log devices, loading and unloading strategies, Hazmat training, place card and labels, and post-trip inspection.

This program has a practicum component that includes two weeks in-yard observation of operation, three weeks of in-city work with an experienced driver and up to four weeks of long hauling with a team driver.

Completion of this program provides graduates with the necessary knowledge and confidence to complete the relevant Manitoba licensing assessment to become qualified to work as a professional truck transport driver.

This program requires you to be on campus in Brandon, Manitoba for the first six months of your studies. The practicum component towards the end of this program is delivered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a two-hour drive from Brandon.


Admissions to this program are not currently open.

Please inquire with the Assiniboine International department by emailing

In order to meet the admission requirements of this program, students must have:

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Valid Manitoba driver’s license abstract (Class 5 full or better)
  • Valid medical record on file with Manitoba Public Insurance, Medical Records
  • Be minimum 18 years of age at the time of the program's start date (21 years of age for USA travel)
  • Air Brake "I" Endorsement

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list must meet the English language proficiency requirement. See for more information. IELTS score of 6.0 with no subscore less than 5.5 or equivalent is the minimum acceptable for this program.


Careers & Connections

Graduates of this program may find jobs working as heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, delivery truck drivers, or cargo agents.

Careers in the trucking and transportation industry require you to be working alone for extended periods of time, spend time outdoors in cold weather, exercise critical thinking and follow direction from others.

Courses & Costs

To graduate from this program, students must successfully complete 46 academic credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Estimated Program Costs 

Tuition, program fees, and Students’ Association fees total $21,394 Health insurance is approximately $955

All tuition and fees are required to be paid in full before your program begins. Tuition and fees are non-refundable.

All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf. This cost is in addition to the estimated total in the chart above.


Course List
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Air Brakes (MECH-0152)

This course provides instruction in the braking systems involved in operating a truck and trailer unit. Topics include hydraulic versus air brake systems, air brakes license requirements, air brake inspection and how to identify brake problems.

3 credit(s) No No No
Communications & Culture (COMM-0410)

Effective communication with your fellow drivers and your employer plays a vital role in career stability. Understanding the Canadian culture is an integral component of working effectively in Canada. This course sharpens oral communication skills, improves understanding of written communication skills and slangs, improves listening skills, improves understanding of spoken information, improves comprehension of work-related materials and provides the skills necessary to speak clearly so listeners can understand.

6 credit(s) No No No
Dangerous Goods Training (MECH-0153)

This course provides training in the rules and regulations regarding dangerous goods transportation. Topics include when to use and how to maintain placards and labels for loads. In addition, students learn about the transportation of hazardous materials.

3 credit(s) No No No
Driver Performance Management (MECH-0154)

This course teaches legalities regarding the consumption of drugs and alcohol, fatigue management, health and nutrition management and mental health management.

6 credit(s) No No No
Hours of Services - Log Books (MECH-0155)

This course covers topics related to work shifts, driving ethics in both Canada and the USA, mandatory Electronic Log Device training, violations and penalities and recent updates on Hours of Service (HOS) in the USA. This course also covers important log book data, required by the truck industry.

3 credit(s) No No No
Introduction of Trucking (MECH-0156)

This course provides a brief history of trucking in Canada, accepted identity documents for becoming a professional truck driver, the different types of licensing requirements, transportation regulations and obligations, complete categorization of drivers and their definitions, various truck organizations and mandatory safety and other compliances.

3 credit(s) No No No
Operations 1 (MECH-0157)

This course provides instruction for a professional driver to create their own trip planning for their client, exhibit appropriate problem-solving techniques as well as manage the loading and unloading of trucks and cargo.

6 credit(s) No No No
Operations 2 (MECH-0158)

Prerequisite: MECH-0157 Operations 1
This course provides training related to coupling and uncoupling of trailers, daily pre-trip inspection, appropriate use of necessary tools, proper maintentance of trip sheets, post-trip inspection of the truck and trailers and information on weigh stations and truck inspection stations.

6 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - PTRTN (PRAC-0315)

Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
Students spend approximately 360 hours on the job to obtain experience that includes two weeks in-yard observation of operation, three weeks of in-city work with an experienced driver and up to four weeks of long hauling with a team driver.

1 credit(s) No No No
Professional Driver Techniques (MECH-0159)

This course provides instruction in professional ethics, efficient driving techniques and the necessary essential skills. In addition, this course provides instruction on dealing with various weather conditions, reading road conditions and effective defensive driving skills.

3 credit(s) No No No
Vehicle Components (MECH-0160)

This course provides training in mechanical parts, maintenance of equipment, air brakes adjustments, types of trailers, power unit classifications and SMS (Safety Management Systems). In addition, students gain an understanding of A trains and B trains. Students also have the opportunity to hone practical skills.

6 credit(s) No No No

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