If you’re considering a career in the trucking industry, you’ve probably heard about Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT). MELT has transformed the way individuals prepare for their Class 1 license, making the roads safer and drivers more skilled.

In this blog, we’ll dive into what to expect in Big Rig MELT training, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your journey to becoming a professional truck driver.

At Big Rig Driving School, we’re here to guide you through every step of your MELT training and help you succeed in this dynamic industry.

Understanding The Basics Of MELT Training

Before we get into the specifics, let’s establish a foundational understanding of MELT training.

MELT, which stands for Mandatory Entry Level Training, is a program set by the National Safety Code Standard. It is a comprehensive training program designed to equip aspiring truck drivers with the knowledge and skills required to operate commercial vehicles safely.

In British Columbia, as of October 18, 2021, all drivers aiming for a Class 1 Road Test must complete a MELT program consisting of a minimum of 140 hours of instruction and training.

The Prerequisites For MELT Training

Before you embark on your MELT journey, there are a few prerequisites you must meet:

  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years of age or older to enroll in the MELT program.
  • Full Class 5 License: Ensure you hold a full Class 5 driver’s license with no Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) restrictions.
  • Class 1 Medical Certificate: Obtain a Class 1 Medical Certificate, demonstrating that you are medically fit to operate commercial vehicles.

The Components Of A Big Rig MELT Course

Now that you meet the prerequisites, let’s break down what’s included in the Big Rig MELT course:

  • Private Driving Instruction: You’ll receive up to 60 hours of private driving instruction in a truck. This hands-on training will give you valuable experience on the road.
  • Classroom Instruction: MELT also includes up to 50 hours in the classroom, covering essential topics related to truck driving. This includes an air brake course, which is crucial for any aspiring truck driver.
  • Yard Training: You’ll spend up to 25 hours in yard training, where you’ll get familiar with the practical aspects of truck operation. This training ensures that you can handle the vehicle efficiently.
  • Course Review: Towards the end of your MELT program, you can expect up to 5 hours of in-truck review to consolidate your knowledge and skills.

Duration Of The Course

The average duration of the Big Rig MELT course is around seven weeks. Keep in mind that this timeframe can vary depending on individual progress and scheduling.

Cost Of The Course

Enrolling in a MELT program is an investment in your future. The Big Rig MELT course is priced at $11,999 CAD, with an additional $300 for books. Upon successful completion, you will receive a tax receipt for your records.

Funding Options

For many prospective truck drivers, the cost of MELT training may be a concern. However, several government programs exist to assist with these training costs and support new Class 1 drivers entering the trucking industry:

  • WorkBC Centre Services: This program assists job seekers in British Columbia, and it can be a valuable resource for aspiring truck drivers.
  • Indigenous Skills And Employment Training Fund: Indigenous individuals looking to enter the trucking industry may find support through this fund.
  • BC Employer Training Grant: If you are employed or seeking employment in the trucking industry, this grant can help cover the costs of your training.
  • Community Workforce Response Grant: This grant is designed to address community-specific workforce needs and may be an option for those looking to become truck drivers.

Preparing For The Class 1 Road Test

Successfully completing the MELT program is a significant step, but it’s not the final one. You’ll need to prepare for the Class 1 Road Test, which will assess your ability to operate a commercial vehicle safely. Your MELT training will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to pass this test and earn you your Class 1 license.

Also read: How To Prepare For A Career In Big-Rig Driving

About Big Rig Driving School

At Big Rig Driving School, we’re committed to helping you realize your dream of becoming a professional truck driver. Our MELT program is designed to provide you with the skills and confidence you need to excel in this industry.

With experienced instructors, well-equipped facilities, and a strong focus on safety and compliance, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

To learn more about us visit our website. Whether you’re just starting your journey or you’re ready to enroll in our MELT program, we’re here to answer your questions and guide you toward a successful career as a truck driver. Contact us today for more information.

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