Contacts for each location are listed below.
To be eligible to take this training, drivers must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a Saskatchewan resident
- Hold a non-Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Class 5 Saskatchewan driver’s license
Great Plains College is now offering the theory portion for the recently legislated Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program legislated by SGI via Distance Learning. The Distance Learning option will provide the same curriculum standard that is available for students attending the in-classroom theory training. The course will be delivered via Zoom, and the following computer system requirements are needed to be able to participate in the class in the online format:
- Internet Connection - broadband wired or wireless
- Speakers and a microphone - built in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth
- Webcam - built in, or USB plug-in
For full steps on how to obtain your Class 1A Driver's License in Saskatchewan, follow the roadmap below.
ROADMAP to your Class 1A Driver’s License
In order to obtain your Class 1A license, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Hold a valid, Class 5 Drivers License that is no longer a graduated license
It is recommended that students obtain their SGI COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S MEDICAL and their CLASS 1 LEARNER’S ENDORSEMENT prior to the classroom training; however, these two components are not mandatory for entry into the classroom portion of the MELT program.
Contact Great Plains College to register for the mandatory 47-hour classroom portion of SGI’s MELT (Mandatory Entry Level Training) program. There will be a mandatory orientation for the Distance Learning program to be held prior to the course start date. Student's will be contacted via email with the details and Zoom link. This is to ensure that there is an opportunity to troubleshoot any technical issues, and will allow students a final opportunity to withdraw from the class in the event of severe connectivity issues or technical difficulties that cannot be resolved. We have dates scheduled but can also work with you to customize training dates if you have larger groups of (5 or more) students to send.
Attend and successfully complete the MELT classroom program at Great Plains College. The cost of the theory portion of this training is $1195.
Book and successfully complete your Commercial Driver’s Medical Exam as well as your Class 1 Learner’s Exam during the time in between your classroom training and your practical training. If you experience any of the below conditions, you may find it wise to complete your medical exam PRIOR to registration into the MELT program to identify any issues that would prevent you from obtaining your Class 1A License.
- seizure disorders
- certain heart or insulin dependent diabetic conditions
- physical disabilities (paralysis, disability, arthritis, amputation)
- blackouts, dizziness or fainting spells
- head injuries
- vision problems or hearing loss
The medical can be completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or an occupational health and safety nurse. Click the link above for direct access to the SGI website medical forms and Class 1 Learner’s Information.
Obtain your 74.5 hours of in-yard and in-truck practical training through the Truck Driver Training provider of your choice. We can provide the names of Trainers that come to your area that you can contact for the practical portion of your training. You may choose to book this once you have booked your classroom training to ensure a spot with them.
*There will be a gap between your classroom training and your practical training due to the demand for practical training regardless of where you obtain your classroom training.*
If you are an employer paying for your employee’s training, you can apply through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant. If you qualify, you can potentially receive a reimbursement of up to 2/3 of the total cost of training, with a per person maximum of $10,000. For more information regarding funding, visit www.economy.gov.sk.ca/job-grant.
For more information or to register for the Class 1 Truck Driver MELT course at Great Plains College, please contact:
Swift Current Campus
**Registration deadline for the July 27 - August 7th session is July 22nd by 4:00 pm.
Note: custom training locations may be arranged. To find out more about this option, contact the campus nearest you.