Mandatory Entry-Level Training – Class 1 licence
New mandatory training requirements are coming for drivers who want to obtain their Class 1 driver’s licence.
As of September 1, 2019, you must show you have completed an approved Class 1 Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) course before you can obtain a Class 1 licence to drive a semi-trailer truck (other existing requirements also apply).
The Province of Manitoba has introduced this mandatory minimum training requirement, which aligns with other jurisdictions in Canada that are in the process of implementing mandatory training programs. Previously, training was recommended but not required prior to obtaining a Class 1 licence.
The MELT course consists of 121.5 hours of standardized training that covers the essential knowledge and skills to safely operate a semi-trailer truck. This mandatory training will help ensure the safety of all road users.
Drivers with an existing valid Manitoba Class 1 licence issued before September 1 do not need to retest, and are not required to take MELT.
NOTE: Due to unprecedented high demand for Class 1 road tests, Class 1 tests cannot currently be rescheduled once booked. To receive a different appointment time or location, you must cancel your existing appointment outright and then attempt to schedule and book a new appointment. If you choose to cancel an appointment, it may be immediately booked by another customer and become unavailable.
The MELT requirement is deferred for the agricultural industry for one year, to allow government to consult with stakeholders on the impact to this industry. More details on this agricultural deferral will be available shortly.
The existing 244-hour Professional Truck Driver Training course offered by private vocational institutes in Manitoba is considered a MELT-equivalent course. Students who can show they have successfully completed the 244-hour course can take a road test after September 1 and obtain a Class 1 licence.
Any other truck driver training courses are not recognized as equivalent to MELT. Taken alone, they do not meet the new requirements for Class 1 licence applicants after September 1.
Mandatory training can only be provided by approved driving school that meet established standards. A list of Manitoba schools that can provide MELT training will be available here shortly.
Class 1 licence reciprocity
An individual who successfully completes a MELT program in Ontario, Alberta or Saskatchewan will be able to transfer their certification and be eligible to receive a Class 1 licence in Manitoba, subject to meeting residency and other existing requirements.
As of September 1, 2019:
- An out of province licence applicant with a minimum of 24 months of Class 1 experience receives a Manitoba Class 1 licence and will not require MELT.
- An out-of-province applicant with 12-24 months of Class 1 experience who successfully completes the Manitoba Class 1 knowledge and road test within one year of exchange will be issued a Manitoba Class 1 licence and will not require MELT.
- An out-of-province applicant with less than 12 months of Class 1 experience will require MELT and testing (knowledge and road test).
Anyone who has not successfully completed MELT training or the recognized equivalent cannot take a Class 1 road test after September 1, 2019. This includes anyone who has previously failed a road test for their Class 1 and wants to re-take the test, and anyone who tried but failed to schedule a test prior to September 1.
Starting September 1, 2019, Class 1 road tests must be performed on a manual transmission vehicle, to align training and testing.
- You only need to complete MELT or its equivalent once to meet the minimum requirement.