Recently all the Provinces west of Quebec have adopted Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for all new commercial Class 1/A drivers. Drivers in these jurisdictions seeking a Class 1/A (tractor trailer) license are required to complete MELT to apply for their commercial driver’s license. To date, the Province of Nova Scotia has not adopted MELT so you do not have to complete MELT in Atlantic Canada if you do not intend to relocate to a Province west of Quebec. However, if you intend to transfer your Class 1/A driver’s license to a Province that has adopted MELT, you will be subject to the new commercial training policies. The various Provincial requirement links are available below. To be clear, none of the Provinces west of Quebec currently recognize the truck driver training programs offered at any truck driving school in Atlantic Canada. This isn’t a problem if you intend to stay in the Maritimes but if you intend to relocate to a different Canadian Province west of Quebec, you are well advised to research the relevant Provincial requirements to transfer your license.
Links on how to transfer your licence by province:
In Nova Scotia, the only course that is allowed to be offered to the public is the 12-week Tractor Trailer Internship Program. This course includes 8 weeks at the school followed by a 4-week, un-paid work placement component (you may experience a delay between the 8 weeks at the school and the start of your work placement).
In order to be accepted into the 12-week program at any Nova Scotia trucking school you will first need to arrange for Essential Skills testing through the THRSC. Follow the link for more details and pricing. https://thrsc.com/essential-skills-online-eso/
Once you successfully complete your testing you will need to arrange for an internship placement at a trucking company before you can enrol in the program. We can help you with that.
Note: This Program (the only trucking program allowed to be offered by Nova Scotia Trucking Schools) is recognized in Quebec and Atlantic Canada but it is NOT recognized by any Province west of Quebec. If you plan to relocate to a different Province within two years of completing your training, you may have to redo the course as mandatory entry level training (MELT) in your new Province in order to transfer your Class 1. Check on the Ministry website (above) of the Province you are considering moving to.
If you don’t plan on relocating outside of Atlantic Canada in the next two years you have another option. Maybe the 12-week internship isn’t for you. Every month, several Nova Scotia trucking students enrol in our New Brunswick trucking school. The course starts with 2 weeks of virtual classroom so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home. After you complete your 2-weeks of class, we can complete your hands-on truck training in Moncton in as little as three weeks. Follow this link for more information: https://ttcc.ca/new-brunswick/commercial-truck-training/.
Out of town accommodations options available for as little as $150 per week.
In order to transfer your Class 1 license to any Province west of Quebec you will need to prove that you have completed a recognized MELT course by an approved provider (check on the Ministry website of the Province you are considering moving to). Atlantic Canada has not yet adopted MELT so none of the schools can provide you with certified MELT training east of Ontario. To be clear, none of the Provinces West of Quebec recognize the 12-week Tractor Trailer Internship Program offered in Nova Scotia. You could find yourself having to spend another $15,000 for MELT in a Province like BC. Don’t let this happen to you. If you need to complete Melt certified training, we can help. Our Ontario course is MELT approved and recognized in all jurisdictions. You can enrol in one of our Ontario courses, take the two weeks of virtual classroom training from the comfort of your own home and complete your hands-on training in as little as three weeks in Ontario at any one of our 20 training locations. After you complete your MELT training you can use our truck to challenge the Class 1 road test in Nova Scotia. This MELT certificate is recognized in all Provinces. Check here for more info: https://ttcc.ca/ontario-commercial-truck-training/ Do your research and plan ahead.
Construction Trucks, Firetrucks, Municipal Trucks, Garbage Trucks, Snow Plows, Dump Trucks, Cement Trucks and more….
When working in this type of industry you can expect long days, but great hourly wages that often include overtime pay. This industry is a great example of “the harder you work, the more money you make”. You can expect to be home every day after your shift, or if you are working on a construction site out of town, your employer will cover the costs of out-of-town accommodations. If you are really serious about getting into the construction industry and want to make the most money, you should consider getting a Class 1 license (Class 1 licensed drivers can also drive Class 3 trucks)
Why not maximize your versatility and combine your truck driver training with the very best in Heavy Equipment Operator Training? The best heavy Equipment Operator training programs are found in New Brunswick. It’s definitely worth the drive. Click here for more info: https://ttcc.ca/new-brunswick/heavy-equipment/