In the wake of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, the realization for increased commercial driver training was made very apparent to Canadians everywhere. And the Alberta Government has responded.
As of March 1, 2019, all drivers wishing to obtain a Class 1 Licence (tractor trailers) or a Class 2 Licence (Bus) are now required to complete Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) in order to apply for their licence.
- A government mandated number of training hours (in class, in yard and in vehicle).
- Standardized curriculums which must be taught in all licensed Alberta driving schools.
- Knowledge and road tests for Class 1 and 2 which include the new curriculum.
Alberta farmers and farm workers may apply for an extension to the MELT requirements (until November 30, 2019) in order to support a successful 2019 farming season.
In order to be eligible for a Class 1 or 2 driver’s licence, the applicant must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Hold any class of Alberta non-probationary drivers licence
- Complete the MELT program.
A medical assessment through a physician is also recommended prior to completing the MELT program to confirm the applicant is medically eligible to apply for a Class 1 or 2 licence. The forms are available at registry agents and your physician’s office.
The MELT program includes participation in training delivered by a licensed driver training school.
- Class 1 MELT program will take 113 hours to complete. This total does not include the Air Brake program.
- Class 2 MELT program will take 50 hours to complete.
- Class 2-S MELT program will take 53.5 hours to complete.
The standardized classroom session is:
- Class 1: 40.5 hours
- Class 2: 18 hours
- Class 2-S: 18.5 hours
The standardized in-yard training session is:
- Class 1: 15.5 hours
- Class 2: 10.6 hours
- Class 2-S: 11 hours
The standardized practical training session is:
- Class 1: 57 hours
- Class 2: 21.25 hours
- Class 2-S: 24 hours
Once the MEL:T program has been successfully completed, the applicant must then successfully pass the knowledge and road test.
Competency training is one of the most important aspects for all employers to ensure employees have full awareness of hazards, and mastery of their job duties. Competency-based safety training focuses on the specific skills learners need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
For more information on Competency training or to develop a Commercial Transport Program for your company, please call Safety Ahead Ltd at 780-473-4772!