PEI Trucking Jobs: License Guides, Companies and Training

Interested in getting trucking jobs in PEI? Whether you want to get your Class 1 license in PEI to drive a tractor-trailer or maybe operate heavy equipment trucks (Class 3 License PEI) you will need to meet certain requirements before you get on the road. If you want to drive a big rig, you will need your Air Brake Endorsement too!

In this guide we will get into the requirements to get your Class 1 or 3 License, truck driving companies in PEI and the only truck driving school (JVI PEI) in the province.

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Class 1 License PEI

A Class 1 License in PEI allows you to drive any combination of truck-tractor and trailer with fifth wheel and air brakes as well as any vehicle permitted in classes 3, 5, 8 and 9. These are your standard big rig truck operators. The following are the requirements in order to get your PEI Class 1 License: 

  • Must be at least 18 years and 9 months old with driver education or 19 years old
  • You cannot be in the Graduated Driver Licence Program
  • Meet the medical and vision standards 
  • Held a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years

Before doing your road test, you will need to book an appointment to write your Class 1 knowledge test and PEI Air Brake Test. You will also need to have a vision check and medical certificate providing your are fit to drive. 

You should contact JVI PEI for their program requirements as they are the only training program in the province. They can walk you through the first steps on your journey.

Driver in PEI on a trucking job

PEI Class 3 License

A Class 3 License in PEI allows you to operate any truck-trailer combination over 14,000 kg gross mass, a truck tractor without a trailer, and special mobile equipment as well as any vehicle in classes 5, 8, and 9. This is primarily for things like dump trucks, straight trucks, mixers and some types of heavy equipment. 

The requirements are exactly the same for a Class 3 License except you can be a little younger to start. This is due to amendments made in 2017 to address a heavy vehicle driver shortage in the agricultural industry.

In order to your get your Class 3 PEI license you must be at least 17 years and 275 days old and have exited Stage 2 of the Graduated Driver Licensing Program or 18 years of age and have exited Stage 2 of the Graduated Driver Licensing Program. All the other requirements are the same as Class 1 license although of course the testing is a bit different given the vehicle types.  

JVI PEI Truck Driver Training

There is only one truck driver training school in according to the PEI Highway Safety Division. JVI Provincial Transportation and Safety Academy (“JVI PEI”) was founded in 1994 and is owned and operate by David Anderson, a former truck driver with over 30 years of experience. 

JVI PEI offers Tractor Trailer 1A programs as well as Straight Truck Class 3A programs, both of which can be combined with Heavy Equipment courses which are optional. They can range from anywhere between 3-14 weeks depending on the program you choose. JVI PEI also offers courses on bus driving, forklift operation and everything in between. 

For more information on JVI PEI, head over to their website. You may even be able to get Financial Assistance through the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning and Skills PEI for their programs.

Trucking Companies PEI

There are a number of trucking companies in PEI despite the province’s small population. If you are interested in driving for a living, you may want to get in touch with a couple of them to ask about positions that are open and what their requirements are. Trucking companies in PEI, in addition to needing you to pass the licensing standards, will likely require you to have a pretty clean driving record and no criminal record. 

Here is a list of a couple trucking companies in PEI that you may want to reach out to:

Amour Transportation Systems

Bulk Carriers PEI Limited

Connors Transfer Ltd. 

Irving Oil

You should also check out the Trucking in PEI article by The Employment Journal on PEI that interviews trucking company reps on their hiring standards. It provides a list of more trucking companies in PEI too!

PEI Trucking Resources

Access PEI Locations

Class 1 Driver Requirements PEI Brochure (PDF)

Class 3 Driver Requirements PEI Brochure (PDF)

PEI Driver’s License Fees