As set by the National Safety Code Standard, composed of a minimum of 140 hours of instruction and training.


As of October 18, 2021 – any drivers going for the Class 1 Road Test in BC must undergo an extensive training program that requires a minimum of 140 hours of instruction and training.

Mandatory Entry Level Training will enable drivers to be more skilled and drive safer while driving.

Prerequisites for the course

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Hold a full class 5 license no GDL
  • Class 1 Medical Certificate

What is included in the Big Rig MELT course?

  • Up to 60 hours of private driving instruction in a truck.
  • Up to 50 hours in the classroom including the air brake course.
  • Up to 25 hours in yard training.
  • Up to 5 hours in the truck, for course review.

How long is the course?

  • On average, the course can 7 weeks.

How much does the course cost?

  • $11,999 CAD + $300 for books – tax receipt issued upon completion.

Are there any funding options available?

Several government programs exist to assist with these training costs, and to support new Class 1 drivers entering the trucking industry. Click through to learn more about each:

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