The Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program is a standardized training program implemented in some jurisdictions to establish a consistent and minimum level of training for commercial truck drivers. Here’s what you should know about the MELT program in Manitoba.

  • Who is it for?

The MELT program is designed for individuals who want to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and pursue a career in truck driving. It applies to new drivers who are seeking their first commercial license or upgrading their existing license to a higher class (e.g., Class 1, Class A, etc)

  • Why is it needed?

The MELT program is implemented to improve road safety and reduce the number of accidents involving commercial vehicles. It aims to ensure that new drivers have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude to operate commercial vehicles safely and responsibly. By setting minimum training standards, the program helps create a more professional and competent workforce in the trucking industry.

  • What a new driver will gain from taking this program?

By participating in the MELT program, new drivers can benefit in the following ways:

  1. Standardized training: The program provides a standardized curriculum and training materials, ensuring that all participants receive consistent and comprehensive instruction
  2. Essential knowledge: New drivers will learn important theoretical knowledge related to truck driving, including traffic rules and regulations, vehicle inspection procedures, cargo handling, trip planning, hours of service regulations, and safe driving practices
  3. Practical skills development: The program includes practical training sessions where new drivers will gain hands-on experience in operating commercial vehicles. This may involve activities such as vehicle maneuvering, backing up, coupling and uncoupling, and defensive driving techniques
  4. Road and highway training: New drivers will receive instruction on navigating various road conditions, such as urban areas, highways, rural roads, and adverse weather situations often found in Winnipeg. They will learn how to handle different traffic scenarios, merge safely, make turns, and maintain proper speed and following distances
  5. Professionalism and safety awareness: The MELT program emphasizes the importance of professionalism, ethical behavior, and safety awareness. New drivers will be educated on the significance of maintaining a positive attitude, practicing good communication skills, managing fatigue, and adhering to industry standards and regulations
  6. Road test preparation: The MELT program often includes preparation for the road test required to obtain a commercial driver’s license. Participants will receive guidance on what to expect during the test and receive practical tips to help them succeed