TO REGISTER: Call Lyla Cooper at Great Plains College 1-888-296-2472
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
- Hold a Class 1 Learner endorsement
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), the sole license issuing authority for the province of Saskatchewan, has set curriculum standard for entry-level commercial driver training needed for drivers to obtain a Class 1 driver’s license. The goal of this curriculum standard is to serve as a framework for providing high quality, consistent training informed by national standards and industry best practices.
Course delivery will take place in three environments: classroom, in yard, and behind-the-wheel (in-cab). Minimum required instruction in these environments is:
- 47 hours classroom instruction
- 17.5 hours of in-yard instruction
- 57 hours of behind-the-wheel/in-cab training
For total training hours of 121.5.
Great Plains College is offering the theory portion for this recently legislated Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program legislated by SGI. The mandated 47 hours of theory training will take place exclusively in the classroom. Once students receive their certificate of completion for the theory portion of the training, they are eligible to take the hands on portion of the training through their choice of Truck Driver Training schools.
This curriculum was developed with four specific goals and outcomes in mind:
- Enhance safe driving behavior
- Adhere to social and ethical responsibilities as commercial operators
- Reinforce accountability and sound decision making
- Foster pride and professionalism in the trucking industry.
The following competencies align with those identified by the National Occupation Standards as the core knowledge, tasks and sub-tasks that commercial drivers typically develop early in their careers:
- Employment in the Trucking Industry
- Vehicle Components and Systems
- Basic Driving Techniques
- Professional Driving Habits
- Off-Road Tasks and Manoeuvres
- Documents, Paperwork & Regulatory Requirements
- Vehicle Inspection Activities
- Hours of Service Compliance
- Cargo Securement and Loss Prevention
- Handling Emergencies
- Air Brakes