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Class 1 Driver Training in Edmonton and Area

Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) was implemented on March 1, 2019 by the Government of Alberta to improve safety for everyone on the road by ensuring Class 1 (tractor-trailer) and Class 2 (bus) drivers receive adequate training before they are tested for a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence.


Drivers who have held a Class 3 driver’s licence with two (2) or more years of experience driving Class 3 commercial vehicles may be eligible to take the Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT Program.


How to apply and program application can be found here.

What Do You Need to Qualify?

To take the Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT program, drivers must:

  • Have a valid Alberta Class 3 driver’s licence

  • Have held an Alberta Class 3 driver’s licence or the equivalent driver’s licence from another Canadian jurisdiction for 2 or more years

  • Have 2 or more years of work experience operating a motor vehicle with 3 or more axles (vehicles that requires at least a Class 3 licence to drive)

As part of the application, you will need to submit documentation that demonstrates you have at least 2 years of experience driving vehicles with 3 or more axles commercially. To demonstrate that they meet these criteria, drivers must provide one of the following:

  1. A signed letter(s) from an employer that states you have a minimum of two years work experience operating a single motor vehicle with three or more axles. The letter must include the employer’s contact information.
  2. A daily log book for a two year-period that meets the requirements under outlined in the Drivers’ Hours of Service Regulation or the Government of Canada’s Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations.
  3. For individuals who are self-employed - A signed letter(s) from customers or suppliers that specifies that you operate a vehicle with three or more axles to provide your service to them and have provided the service for a minimum of two years. The letter must include the customers’ or suppliers’ contact information.

How Much Training Do You Need?

The Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT Program is made up of multiple components; classroom training, in-yard training, and behind-the-wheel training. Each component has a set amount of hours required to be completed in order to be successful with the program.


Total number of hours, including Air Brakes, is 48.5. If you already have the Air Brake endorsement, it will be 40 hrs.


For more information regarding the Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT program and to download the curriculum, you can visit this page.

Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT without Air Brake Program

(3 – 4 weeks /40 hours) - $4,000.00

  • 22.5 hours – behind-the-wheel in-truck training

  • 6.5 hours – in-yard training

  • 11 hours – in-classroom training

Please note: The MELT program fee does NOT include the road test permit fee or truck rental for the road test (2 hours).


Hourly Instruction (Refreshers/Evaluations) - $130/hr.
Class 1 MELT road test permit fee - $220.00

Before You Are Eligible to Book a Class 1 Road Test, You Will Also Need to Ensure You Have Completed and Can Present:

  • Valid government-issued photo ID

  • Proof of Air Brake Endorsement

  • Proof of completed Class 1 driver’s medical

  • Proof of completion of Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT program

  • Proof of completion of the Class 1 knowledge exam

Student resources; study materials:

Have a question about our Class 1 MELT Program? Contact Gennaro Transport Training for details about Class 1 driver training in Edmonton.

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-Richmond D.

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Had an excellent training from Gennaro and proud to be one of their successful students. Got my class 1 license with my first attempt.... Highly recommend to anybody who wish to take their class 1 license.... Very good in class and practical training sessions with highly talented and experienced instructors. All staff giving us a friendly atmosphere.... All I want to say is a Huge Thank You for all your help and support to get my class 1.

-Rinto B.


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-Dee J.

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-Abdelaziz M.

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Definitely Edmonton's best transport training facility. I have no regrets getting my class 1 license here. There are great people behind the desk, and in the passenger seat, ensuring your success every step of the way.

-Derek L.

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I don't even know if I can thank you enough for all that you did for us ladies! We spent 3 weeks with you and your instructors. Not all day, every day, but enough that your company was an integral part of our success to becoming Class 3 drivers.

Thanks to Sandy for the Air Brakes, Log Books, and PDIC instruction.

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Thanks to my one and only driving instructor, Dennis. We shared quite a few laughs during our 20+ hours together. And while I told him a few times that there were times that I didn't like him, he made me get out of my comfort zone and I will never, ever forget him.

Anna, the way you juggled all of us women speaks volumes about you and how you handle your job. Gennaro is blessed to have you.

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-Angie M.

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I got my class 1 license recently through Gennaro Transport Training and had an amazing experience. The instructor was very knowledgeable and genuinely cared about my questions and concerns and helped me to succeed. I couldn’t find a cheaper rate in the city on the training total. The office staff were so positive and informative and you can tell they just want to see you get your license. They were so flexible with my work schedule. Overall I would recommend Gennaro to everyone I know. I didn’t get this same feeling from any other school I initially contacted. If you choose this school you won’t regret it.

-Mike F.


Gennaro Transport Training

  15430 – 131 Avenue, Edmonton,
AB, T5V 0A1




Fort McMurray
Northern Alberta


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