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Class 1 MELT Driver Training

Length and Overview of Course

The MELT program requires a total of 113 hours. Which is completed within 5 to 6 weeks. 

It includes

  • 40.5 required classroom hours
  • 15.5 in-yard hours
  • 57 total behind-the-wheel hours one on one with the Instructor

Eligibility for Obtaining a Class 1 License

Starting March 1, 2019, new Class 1 drivers in Alberta must undergo Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) as per Alberta Transportation regulations to obtain their full commercial driver’s license.

This mandatory training initiative aims to cultivate safer, more proficient drivers within the trucking industry. It encompasses a government-prescribed number of hours for in-class, in-yard, and in-vehicle modules, all of which follow standardized curriculums across licensed Alberta driver training schools.

For comprehensive information about Class 1 licenses, please visit the Alberta Government webpage HERE

Prior to participating in the North Peace Commercial Driving Academy's MELT program, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold an Alberta non-probationary driver’s license
  • Have successfully completed the Air Brake course (which can be included in the Class 1 Melt program)

**We strongly advise confirming your medical eligibility for a Class 1 license through a physician before undertaking the MELT program. Medical forms can be obtained from Alberta registry agents or physicians and must be approved by either a registry agent or Alberta Transportation’s Driver Fitness

Eligibility criteria for obtaining a Class 1 driver’s license include:

  • Being at least 18 years old
  • Holding a non-probationary Alberta driver’s license of any class (excluding Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program drivers)
  • Completing an approved Alberta driver’s medical examination report
  • Successful completion of the Air Brake Program (Q Endorsement)
  • Successful completion of the Alberta MELT program


Registration for the first intake of students is scheduled for July with classes taking place in August. Please watch this page for more information.