Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) for Commercial Drivers



*$9000 (121.5 Hours of Training) includes:

  • 17.5 Hours in Yard Training
  • 57 Hours Practical in Cab Training
  • 47 Hours in Class Training

Financing and funding are available for those who qualify

The approximate time to complete the course successfully in 6 weeks 

Total Hours: 121.5






  • 15.5 Hours in Yard Training
  • 57 Hours Practical in Cab Training
  • 40.5 Hours in Class Training
  • Financing is available for those who qualify

The approximate time to complete the course successfully in 6 weeks
Total Hours: 113





  • Sessions are available in 2 Hour time slots



Financing is available for those who qualify

Class 1 M.E.L.T. Course In Edmonton

Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for Commercial Drivers

As of March 1, 2019 the MELT Program is mandatory for all new Class 1 drivers. If you obtained your Class 1 driver’s licence between October 10, 2018 and February 28, 2019 inclusive you must pass the enhanced knowledge and road tests by March 1, 2020.

Driver’s Test Requirement:

A student must successfully complete the Provincial Class 1 Driver’s Exam before they are permitted to take the final road test. This exam may be taken at any Alberta Registry Agent and is available at a cost *$18.00.

Students must also pass the driver’s medical exam for the Class 1 License. This exam may be done by a qualified physician. The price for this exam is set by each individual medical office.

    • Driver’s Medical Exam

    Driver’s Medical Exam is Required

    • Written/Knowledge Test

    To take your Class 1 or 3 written/knowledge test, you need to study road signs and parking distances in the Basic License Handbook. You also need to study the Professional Driver’s Handbook.

    For a Class 1 knowledge test, you must study the Class 1 and Class 2 sections as you will be able to drive a bus with 10 or more passengers. You also need to study the section regarding trailers.

    For Class 3, please study the Class 3 section only. You do not have to study trailers or buses, but everything else should be studied.

    We have these books in our office, and you can access this information online at

    This test can be taken at any Alberta registry office and is valid for one year from the date on the permit. The cost is approximately $18.00.

    If you want to attain an Alberta class 1, class 2, class 3, or class 4 Commercial Operator’s Licence, it is required that you first pass the Alberta commercial driver’s licence knowledge test; therefore, it is important to prepare. To upgrade an operator’s licence, you will need to pass a commercial knowledge test, please visit for practice exams and please be sure to click on the Commercial Test and the Alberta link.

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Class 1 Work Grant


  • Alberta Driving Back to Work Grant Program
  • Grant Requirements
  • Funding Highlights as below
  • How to Apply

Unemployed Albertans have an opportunity to start careers as commercial truck drivers through the new Driving Back to Work Grant Program.

Unemployed Albertans can access funding to take the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program to earn a Class 1 driver’s licence.

This grant will help to fill an expected shortage of commercial drivers, forecast to be more than 12% by 2023, putting the province’s supply chain at risk. This grant supports Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

The objective of the program is to help more Albertans become Class 1 drivers. This will help support the economy by keeping the province’s supply chain open by ensuring an adequate number of Class 1 drivers are available.

The Driving Back to Work Grant is administered by Ballad Consulting Group, and driver training schools and financially supported by the Government of Alberta.

You must complete the following by March 31, 2022 in order to get a Class 1 driver’s licence:

  • Air Brake Program
  • Air Brake Knowledge Test
  • Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) Program
  • Class 1 MELT Knowledge Test
  • Class 1 MELT Road Test

Grant recipients will receive one-time funding (Approximately $ 8900.00) for the eligible candidates:

  • Air Brake Program
  • Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training
  • Vehicle rental and use of yard for the Class 1 Road Test(s)
  • Maximum of 2 Driver’s road tests

Recipients cannot reapply for the grant for subsequent training and testing attempts. You are required to cover the costs of:

  • an Alberta driver’s medical examination report
  • an Air Brake Knowledge Test
  • the Class 1 Knowledge Test

Funding is distributed directly to the driver training school providing the driver training. Grant recipients do not receive any funding directly.

Important links as follows:

Apply Here:

Application Guide:

Step 1. Fill out and submit the Driving Back to Work Grant Application Form

Fill out the Driving Back to Work Grant Application and send the form to:

If you have any questions or need help filling out your application, contact Ballad Group directly.

For more information, read the Driving Back to Work Grant Program Applicant Guide.

Step 2. Phone call with Ballad Group about your eligibility

Ballad Group will call you using the contact information you gave on the application form, within one business day of the application being received. They will book a virtual interview with you.

Step 3. Complete an interview with Ballad Group to assess your eligibility

After the virtual interview, you will receive an email from Ballad Group with the results of your assessment.

If you are eligible for the grant, you will receive a Preliminary Approval Letter in this email.

Step 4. Get a driver medical examination

If you are approved, you must get a driver medical examination conducted by a physician or nurse practitioner and submit the results to Ballad Group at

This must be done within 15 business days from the date of your approval notification.

Medical Examinations

Failure to submit the results of the driver medical examination to Ballad Group within 15 business days will result in you having to contact Ballad Group again by phone or email to request another preliminary approval letter. This is required to ensure there is still grant funding available.

If you have a current, satisfactory driver medical examination already approved by Alberta Transportation (hold a Class 4 or Class 2 driver’s license), you will not be required to get another driver medical examination.

Once the results of the driver medical examination are received, Ballad Group submits them to us to ensure applicants are medically fit to drive a commercial vehicle in Alberta.

The results of the driver's medical examination are filed on the Medical Examination for Motor Vehicle Operators (PDF, 100 KB) form.

Go to Commercial drivers and medical fitness for requirements.

Step 5. Receive an email from Ballad Group regarding your eligibility

The email details on how to enroll in training, including the name of the driver training school to contact.

Step 6. Contact the assigned driver training school to confirm your attendance

For questions related to applications, eligibility, and the status of your grant application please contact: