Mountain Transport Institute

Driving school in Castlegar, BC, Canada

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Contact the Mountain Transport Institute:
2181A - 6th Avenue, Castlegar, V1N 3B2 Canada
3 out of 5 based on 76 votes

About the Mountain Transport Institute:

General Info

mtilo Mountain Transport Institute is North America’s premier truck driving school. All of MTI’s instructors are professional truck drivers who are here to help you become one the best professional truck drivers on the road today. MTI teaches the Earning Your Wheels program, the best Class 1 training program in North America.

MTI’s President, Andy Roberts, spent 18 years as a professional driver and owner/operator in the mountains of southern British Columbia. Andy saw the need for better training than the industry was providing. He established MTI to provide that improved training and he and the staff of MTI are continually upgrading their courses to provide THE BEST Professional Driver Training in North America.

MTI’s Advantages

MTI’s advantages are:

  • our industry-leading course design and fully certified curriculum

  • our experienced, certified (ICBC, CTHRC, MTI) driving instructors

  • our location in the mountains of southern B.C.

  • the only transmission training simulator in western Canada

  • the most accreditations of any professional driver training school in B.C.

  • 100% of MTI graduates get Great Jobs

MTI's courses are designed to teach you how to be a safe, knowledgeable professional truck driver. The courses cover all of the aspects of trucking to provide you with the knowledge you need to safely and economically operate a fully-loaded rig. Our courses are not designed to be the cheapest or fastest way to get a Class 1 licence. MTI's courses are about becoming a professional driver with a good job with the company of your choice. That goal takes a bit longer and costs a bit more to achieve but the satisfaction of a good education and a good job will be ample reward for the extra time and cost.


MTI's instructors are the best in the industry. All have at least 10 years full-time experience as professional truck drivers before becoming MTI instructors. All are certified by the I.C.B.C. and the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) and have taken an MTI designed and approved training course. See the Instructors page for more on our great Instructors.


Location, location, location - Castlegar sits on Highway 3 in the heart of the Kootenay region of BC’s interior Selkirk Mountains. This location ensures that drivers learn and practice how to safely navigate and manage heavily loaded trucks up and down the toughest, longest, steepest mountain grades. Employers of MTI’s grads love the fact that our students are trained in safe operating procedures for mountain driving; that's one of the reasons our grads are in such high demand.

Other Info

The only transmission training simulator in western Canada

MTI uses a TranSim™ transmission simulator to teach proper shifting techniques. The simulator allows students to perfect their shifting skills without having to worry about traffic and other distractions. See our transmission simulator page for more information.

More Accreditations than any other Trucking School in British Columbia

Mountain Transport Institute (MTI) is the only professional truck driver training school in B.C. to be accredited and registered by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia (PCTIA). This accreditation is your assurance that MTI meets and maintains the rigorous standards of educational and administrative excellence set out by the Agency’

MTI is accredited by the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council to teach Earning Your Wheels, the only industry-certified truck driver training course. MTI has developed a comprehensive training program that meets or exceeds the Earning Your Wheels guidelines. MTI's Earning Your Wheels graduates are recruited by the top transport companies in British Columbia and Alberta.

Commitment to Excellence

The staff and management of Mountain Transport Institute are committed to improving the quality of the professional driver on the highways today. To make our highways safer for us all to travel, we must give these students the best and most professional training available. We all share the roads with the trucks; wouldn't you rather know that the driver behind the wheel was trained to a higher standard?


“To provide students and staff with a safe and professional environment in which to learn and grow.”


“Providing superior training to ensure a heightened sense of safety and professionalism.”

MTI Grads Get Great Jobs

If you are looking for a career as a professional truck driver, this is the course for you. Training students to the Earning Your Wheels standard allows the students to be employable immediately after graduation. See some of our Grads with their trucks in the Alumni section.

MTI is fully accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia (PCTIA).
MTI’s PCTIA registration number is 2506.

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