To improve safety for everyone on the road by ensuring Class 1 (tractor-trailer) and Class 2 (bus) drivers receive adequate training before they are tested for a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s license. Drivers who have held a Class 3 driver’s license with two (2) or more years of experience driving Class 3 commercial vehicles may be eligible to take the Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT Program.
This course includes:
- 11 Hours In-class Training
- 6.5 Hour In-yard Training (pre-trip inspection, air brake pre-trip inspection)
- 13.5 Hours In-yard Maneuvers (coupling, uncoupling, backup)
- 9 Hours One-on-One BTW In-truck Training
Note for Existing Class 3 Drivers:
You are eligible to take this course to get your class 1 driver license, if you have held class 3 driver license for 2 or more years
Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT Eligibility:
- Hold a current Alberta Class 3 driver’s license;
- Have held an Alberta Class 3 driver’s license or the equivalent driver’s license from another Canadian jurisdiction for two (2) or more years; and To demonstrate that they meet this criterion, drivers who gained their two year of experience with holding a Class 3 equivalent driver’s license in another Canadian jurisdiction must provide a driver’s abstract from the other Canadian jurisdiction.
- Have two (2) or more years of work experience operating a single motor vehicle with three (3) or more axles.
To demonstrate that they meet this criterion, drivers must provide one of the following:
- A signed letter(s) from an employer that states you have a minimum of two years work experience operating a single motor vehicle with three or more axles. The letter must include the employer’s contact information.
- A daily logbook for a two year-period that meets the requirements under outlined in the Drivers’ Hours of Service Regulation or the Government of Canada’s Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations
- For individuals who are self-employed – A signed letter(s) from customers or suppliers that specify that you operate a vehicle with three or more axles to provide your service to them and have provided the service for a minimum of two years. The letter must include the customers’ or suppliers’ contact information.