ICBC - Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT)
September 1, 2021 saw the implementation of a new website location and design for ICBC's driver training information. Of interest on the new site is information on teaching the new Class 1 driver Mandatory Entry Level Training known as MELT. There are already a number of driving schools that are offering MELT training and they can be found here.
Here's a link to the 524 page student manual that potential class 1 driver is expected to master before taking their driver's test.
The course standards and curriculum framework guide the driving schools in delivering MELT training. It is based on Canada's National Safety Code Standard 16 and is supposed to exceed those standards.
The foreward to Standard 16 says:
While some of the elements relate to work environments, it is not intended to focus on training and knowledge related to employment environments. Additional training and learning is expected to be provided on the job, related to employment specific to business operations and the types of vehicles, cargo and driving undertaken as part of the business.
MELT training comes into force on October 18, 2021.
The BC Trucking Association champions MELT:
After nearly a decade of advocacy, BCTA applauds the Provincial Government for introducing mandatory entry-level training (MELT) for Class 1 commercial driver’s license applicants. Implementation of a provincial MELT program is essential to protect road users and to help attract and retain qualified drivers to meet BC’s growing transportation needs.
If you are considering taking MELT training to obtain your class 1 licence, there my be funding and grant opportunities available to you.