Mandatory entry-level training (or MELT for short) is a newly announced training requirement from the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure and ICBC for new class 1 commercial driver’s licence applicants.  This training requirement is for new class 1 trucking industry applicants and aims to make BC's highways safer for everyone.

British Columbia’s MELT program will exceed the minimum requirements set by the National Safety Code Standard for entry-level training of class 1 drivers. Trucking is a complex career choice, and employers are searching for quality employees who will exceed industry-standards and drive with confidence, safety and professionalism.

MELT for class 1 driver’s licence applicants is a prerequisite for all ICBC class 1 road testing.  BC's program will include best practices from other Canadian jurisdictions, and emphasize safe operating practices for mountainous geography and diverse driving conditions to ensure commercial drivers are prepared for BC’s highway network and the changing weather patterns encountered in the mountains.

British Columbia's class 1 MELT program for new drivers of heavy commercial vehicles sets out a minimum required number of in-cab/on-road driving hours, in-yard hours and theory or in-class hours. ICBC is the regulatory body for driver training schools and instructors in BC and has consulted with the commercial driving industry, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to finalize the MELT curriculum.

This all-inclusive training program builds an abundance of on-the-job skills and exposes graduates to experiences that could otherwise take years to obtain.  Students will develop practical workforce skills by training for an Air Brake Endorsement, learn detailed pre-trip inspection training, and become skilled in uncoupling & coupling the trailer.  This program also includes extensive backing-up practice with a 53 foot trailer and mountain driving experience to emphasize safe operating practices for B.C.’s mountainous terrain and diverse climate conditions.  This program builds a solid foundation of safety and professionalism, and give students access to valuable real-world driving time.

We have seasoned and professional Instructors with many years of trucking experience, ensuring every student receives their personal attention helping drivers progress at a pace that suits their unique learning style.


Class 1 MELT Program (150+ hours) - $15,400


Class 1 MELT start dates

MELT training dates and times are pre-scheduled with no flexibility in re-scheduling. Daytime, evening & weekend availability is required in order to complete this 8-10 week program.

Need more information or have more questions about MELT?  Check out our FAQs or contact us.



*ICBC fees are not included in our prices

**Manuals and handouts are included with tuition




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"I want to thank my instructor and the friendly knowledgeable staff that made my dream to become a commercial driver come true.

I'm currently doing long-haul runs through North America and I enjoy my job.

I've accepted the challenge to begin my journey as a truck driver and there are tough times; but I remember my Instructor said it's all about your attitude. So I stayed positive and bulldoze every obstacle in my way.

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