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Straight Truck – Class 3

Duration: 7 weeks

Tuition: $4490.00

Available: Sydney

Course Description

Transportation and materials handling is a major employer in our modern economy. The process of handling shipments of goods is a part of the logistical process and a vital link between manufacturers and consumers. The McKenzie College Straight Truck program incorporates both class three licensing and forklift operation to provide skills to workers interested in a career in logistics.

What makes our program unique?
The McKenzie College Straight Truck/Forklift Operator program is the only program available in the industrial Area of Cape Breton featuring training in a full size commercial truck. We offer a 7-week program that includes extensive practice and hands on training.

We have developed the Straight Truck/Forklift Operator program to address a wide range of job descriptions in the logistics and transportation industry. Students receive industry recognized safety certifications needs by most employers in the transportation sector. By including forklift operation and load securement as part of our program we teach students skills not found in other driving-only programs.

This program is available at the Sydney Campus and South Shore Career Training Centre. McKenzie College provides a modern learning environment that includes both an in class and in-field educational experience.

Career Opportunities
The McKenzie College Class 3 Straight Truck / Forklift Program is designed for those students who wish to obtain a Class 3, Nova Scotia license for “straight trucks,” including delivery trucks, dump trucks, water trucks, waste trucks and concrete mixers. The program includes preparation for the Nova Scotia Air Brake test, professional driving skills instruction for both urban and rural driving. Students will learn to operate a commercial forklift and be trained to safely and efficiently lift, transfer and deliver loads of materials.

Program Modules

Air Brakes
Pre and Post Trip Inspections
Diesel Engines
Driving Theory and Regulations
Cargo and Load Securement
Yard Maneuvers
Urban Driving
Rural Driving
Worksite Safety
First Aid
Workplace Math
Forklift Operation
Road Test


Applicants to the Straight Truck 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
  • Drivers abstract
  • Personal resume

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much seat time is given to students in the Straight Truck program?

Both colleges, provide students with a total of 25 hours of in-seat driving time.

Q. How long is the program?

The Straight Truck program is 6 weeks long and includes in-class and in-seat driving time.