MELT Program – Mandatory Entry-Level Training – Class 1 Licence
Mandatory training is required for drivers who want to obtain their Class 1 driver’s licence.
As of September 1, 2019, you must complete an approved Class 1 Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) course before you can book your road test to 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 Canadian jurisdictions 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 only need to successfully complete mandatory training once – there is no need to take the training again.
MELT consists of a minimum 121.5 hours of training. Instruction consists of 40.5 hours in class, 40 hours in yard and 41 hours in cab.
Booking your Class 1 Road Test
For all students who take MELT in Manitoba, you can book your road test only after your school notifies MPI that you have successfully completed your MELT course. Allow up to three business days for the notification to be processed before attempting to book your test.
Updates to the Class 1 Road Test
Starting September 1, 2019:
Class 1 road tests must be performed on a manual transmission vehicle, to align training and testing.
The Class 1 test includes a pre-trip inspection that consists of the inspection, the air brake test, and coupling. Applicants must pass all three elements of the pre-trip inspection.
The Class 1 road test includes the air brake component – the tests cannot be taken separately. No separate air-brake endorsement will be issued until the full Class 1 test is successfully completed. (Class 1 applicants who already hold an air brake endorsement must still complete the air brake component of the road test.)
Applicants must bring the trip inspection report, confirming the vehicle was fully inspected in the past 24 hours. See a sample trip inspection report.
Before you sign in for your road test, the trailer must be uncoupled and the tractor wheels must be blocked. View maps of testing locations, showing where to uncouple and park.