What To Expect In Big Rig MELT Training
November 3, 2023
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.
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.
Before you embark on your MELT journey, there are a few prerequisites you must meet:
Now that you meet the prerequisites, let’s break down what’s included in the Big Rig MELT 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.