Steps to getting a commercial licence
Looking at getting a commercial Driver Licence?
Persons applying for a Class 1 or 2 licence are required to follow the MELT Program effective March 1, 2019
- You must be 18 years of age to apply for a commercial class of licence
- You must have a non-graduated licence to apply for a commercial class
- You must obtain an approved medical report from your physician
- Class 1 must have successfully completed the Air Brake program (Q Endorsement) https://www.alberta.ca/air-brake-program.aspx
- Class 2 must have successfully completed the School Bus Driver Improvement course (S Endorsement https://www.alberta.ca/school-bus-driver-improvement-program.aspx
- Complete the MELT program
Step 1. Complete MELT program
You must participate in training delivered by an Alberta licensed driver training school. Refer to the list to find a school that provides the MELT program.
- Class 1 MELT program will take 113 hours to complete. This total does not include the Air Brake program, which is approximately 8.5 additional hours.
- Class 2 MELT program will take 50 hours to complete.
- Class 2-S MELT program will take 53.5 hours to complete.
The standardized classroom session is:
- Class 1: 40.5 hours
- Class 2: 18 hours
- Class 2-S: 18.5 hours
The standardized in-yard training session is:
- Class 1: 15.5 hours
- Class 2: 10.6 hours
- Class 2-S: 11 hours
The standardized practical training session is:
- Class 1: 57 hours
- Class 2: 21.25 hours
- Class 2-S: 24 hours
To ensure training costs are fair and accessible, the maximum amount a driver training school or organization can charge is:
- up to $10,000 for Class 1 MELT
- up to $5,000 each for Class 2 and Class 2-S MELT
Driver training providers may choose to charge less, depending on their organization.
Step 2. Write a written exam
After completing step one, attend an Alberta Registry office http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/find-a-registry-agent.cfm and successfully pass a written exam for the class you are applying for.
Sample tests are available at https://www.alberta.ca/drivers-knowledge-test.aspx
Step 3. Schedule a Road Test
Once you have completed step 2, you can schedule a road test for the class you are applying for either online https://eservices.alberta.ca/book-a-drivers-road-test.html or in person at any Alberta Registry office. http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/find-a-registry-agent.cfm
You must provide a vehicle for the road test that meets all legal requirements and has the following configuration.
- a tractor-trailer with gross vehicle weight of at least 11,794 kg and a:
- 13-speed manual transmission
- full-air brake system on both tractor and trailer
- minimum tandem axle tractor and a tandem axle trailer
- fifth wheel coupling device
- single trailer with a minimum length of 48 feet and a minimum distance of 35 feet measured from the kingpin to the centre of each rear axle
- a bus with a seating capacity of more than 24 passengers, excluding the driver. If the vehicle is equipped with air brakes, you must have either air brake training (Q-Endorsement) or a course completion certificate from an approved air brake organization.
Step 4. Pass the Road Test
Successfully pass the Road Test in the class of licence you are applying for which includes a Pre-Trip Inspections.
Step 5. Issuance of your licence
Attend the Registry Office to obtain your driver’s licence in the class you are applying for.
In addition to obtaining a class 1 drivers licence, drivers are required to take additional training to meet NSC Regulations
Provincial or Federal Hours of Service (US Hours of Service)
Weights and Dimensions
See our training page for convenient training options or our full list of online courses that are available