Class 1A Safety Instruction Center Ltd. O/A Class 1A Truck Driver Training.

Class 1A (MELT) - Mandatory Entry Level Training

Course Duration: 4 to 5 weeks
Cost: $11,900
(No Taxes) Tax Deductible


Class 1 Instructional Hours by Modules
Module Classroom In-Yard* In-Cab* Total Hours
    Assessment Instructor Trial Off-road tasks Drive  
Employment in the Trucking Industry 1 0.42 - - - - 1.42
Vehicle Components and Systems 3 0.5 1 2 - - 6.5
Basic Driving Techniques 8.4 1.35 1.5 1 - 39 51.25
Professional Driving Habits 6.5 0.5 - - - - 7
Off-Road Tasks and Maneuvers (Backing) 1 0.42 2 - 12 - 15.42
Off-Road Tasks and Maneuvers (Coupling) 1.5 0.42 1 - 6 - 8.92
Documents, Paperwork, and Regulatory Requirements 3 0.5 - - - - 3.5
Vehicle Inspection Activities 2 0.5 1 6 - - 9.5
Hours of Service Compliance 3 0.5 - - - - 3.5
Cargo Securement and Loss Prevention 4 0.5 - - - - 4.5
Handling Emergencies 1 0.5 - - - - 1.5
Sub-total Hours (Excluding Air Brakes) 34.4 6.1 6.5 9 18 39 -
Air Brakes 6.5 2 - 8.5
Total Training Hours 47 17.5 57 121.5

1 Week: 3A (F) Endorsement

Designed for individuals with an excellent working knowledge of highway tractor-trailer units, must have previous double clutching experience to be able to complete in this time frame, also a reasonable understanding of a pre-trip and the air brake system operations is expected.

*This program is not for a beginner.

This program consists of a 5-day Monday to Friday training program with testing being done on the fifth day. Truck trailer and road test receipts will be provided in this course for one attempt. Additional test attempts and receipts can be purchased at a cost.

1.5 week: 3A (F) Endorsement

This program is designed for individuals looking to upgrade to a 3A(F) tractor trailer license. Usually these people have a minimal amount of experience with double clutching but have been attempting to do so. Examples would be, the ability to shift up but not down or the ability to shift reasonably well but not on a consistent basis, also a lack of splitting knowledge is common.

This program consists of a 7-day Monday to Friday, then Monday and Tuesday of the following week, testing being done on the seventh day. Truck trailer and road test receipts for first attempt are included. Also truck and trailer for second attempt is included if needed. Second attempt receipts can be purchased at an additional cost.

2 Week 3A (F) Endorsement

This program is designed for people requiring additional time due to lack of experience it is highly recommended due to the new road test standards that have been put in place and demand a higher level of competency. Please consider this program as your best value added program.

This program consists of 10 days training; it also includes the truck and trailer for two road test attempts and the first road test receipts. Receipts for the second attempt can be purchased at an additional cost.

What does an “F” endorsement entail?

Effective March 15, 2019, anyone wishing to drive a semi used in farming operations will need to successfully obtain an “F” and Air Brake endorsement on their existing driver’s license and will be restricted to operating within Saskatchewan borders.

To receive an “F” endorsement the driver must be at least 18 years old and not a novice driver. The driver must also submit a medical and pass all the written and road tests and trip inspection (testing will be based on the new curriculum).

Those wishing to complete some training (but not the mandatory training program) will be encouraged to do so. This training will not count towards MELT training should they wish to pursue a Class 1 at a later date. All certified instructors will be required to be MELT certified but may also deliver ad hoc training. The “F” endorsement is not required if they already have a Class 1 license or opt to take the mandatory training.

Criteria for ensuring this requirement is not inappropriately used (i.e. drivers falsely claiming to be working in the ag sector simply to avoid the mandatory training) are being worked on.

Mandatory training is not being ruled out. The Saskatchewan Government is consulting with the agricultural industry on impacts of potential mandatory training requirements for their sector. Measures will be in place by March 15.

3A(F) Programs (Farmers) - Restricted to F-Plate and Saskatchewan Only

One Week Program (5 Days)

Clients must have previous experience shifting and double clutching on diesel-powered units such as Highway Tractor Trailer/Tandem Gravel, or something equivalent.

Generally speaking, people who do well in this time frame have a good understanding of double clutching up and down the gear box; they usually have been driving for a number of months or years with a learner’s license or have been practising on their own units, such as a farmer who has his or her own trucks and trailers. Highway driving is usually more common and the in-city driving portion is not commonly challenged. A decent understanding of vehicle mechanics and some basic working knowledge of the air-brake system are also a good pre-requisite.

Please be aware that anyone can sell you what you want to hear, but it is best for both parties to be fair and book for a time frame that is relevant to your experience and needs.

  • All programs booked over one week’s duration are optional and are able to be booked on a tentative basis (which simply means you are not committed financially or any other way to attending longer than you choose to), due to the fact that we, along with you, can never really say how long it is going to take until you get in and start executing the necessary tasks.

  • Commonly people will often say, “Wow! I did not realize there was this much stuff to know.”

  • It is for these reasons that we suggest if you think you are a One Week student, book for one and a half weeks or two weeks. It is much easier to cancel the extra week than to try and squeeze in an extra week at the last minute.

Considering that motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death in North America, driving is still one of the most taken for granted things that we do, and one of our least educated exercises. Please consider this training course as a means of possibly saving your life along with your family’s, friend’s, and other motorists’.

Driving is the one common thing that we all do on a day-to-day basis.

One and a Half Week Program (7 Days)

Past experience dictates that this program usually caters to clients who have, for example, been involved with farming or construction type work with lots of experience driving Tandem Axle Grain or Gravel Trucks. Some trailer experience is a bonus, generally with 5&2 transmissions. Double clutching is usually vague, but has been executed and usually only works going up the gear box but not down (sound familiar?). This course has been popular for a number of reasons, but caution is advised to book yourself honestly; it is always easy to assume you know lots but best to start with an open mind. We strongly encourage people who are at all questioning this program to think about the Two Week course.

Areas of unknown concern can be Class 5 bad habits. Everyone is guilty of this; it’s just to what degree you are!

Two Week Program (10 Days)

Here we start to get into the area of uncertainty, simply because this is all new. Fear not! In certain circumstances people who have no experience can do as well or better as some with experience; this is generally achieved because of natural ability or a more open-minded approach. Primarily though, people who take this or longer programs simply need more time. Everything is new: double clutching, shifting, combination units, trailers, air-brakes, pre-trips, post-trips, coupling, uncoupling, S-turns, and so on.

Additional weeks or hours of training may be sought by a student if required due to lack of experience and knowledge involving highway trucks and trailers (please call).

1G - Heavy Trailer License

Towing Heavy Trailers

Some travel and utility trailers have increased in size to a point where they qualify as Class 1 units. Legislation requires a person to hold a Class 1 license or a Class 2, 3, 4, or 5 license with a heavy trailer endorsement to pull commercial or private use utility or recreation trailers weighing in excess of 4,600 kg (trailer and load). Drivers towing heavy trailers must be at least 18 and not a novice driver.

How is the 4,600 kg (10,000 lb) determined?

The 4,600 kg is determined by weighing the trailer and its contents, and not the tow vehicle. If a driver is pulling two trailers, a camper and a boat for example, the weight of both added together will determine the class of license required.

Do I need to submit a satisfactory medical report?

Yes. All holders of Class 1 to 4 licenses or a Class 5 with a heavy trailer endorsement, must submit a satisfactory medical report upon application and on a periodic basis after that.

Do I need a Class 1 license or heavy trailer endorsement if the trailer is being pulled behind a farm truck?

No. A trailer of any weight may be towed behind a two-axle farm-plated (Class F) truck on a Class 5 license as long as it is a truck and not a power unit.

What tests must I complete?

You must complete three written tests and two practical tests. Study materials include the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook, the Towing and Trailer Safety brochure, and chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9 from this book.

The following written tests are multiple choice and there is a $10 charge per sitting:

  • Basic Class 5 - 20 questions
  • Sign test - 30 questions
  • Heavy trailer - 20 question

Practical tests ($40):

  • Pre-trip inspection (circle check)
  • Road test in the unit (trailer must weigh 10,000 lb/4,600 kg)

Airbrake Course

  • Two days total approximately
  • Practical test included

This course is for students who only need their airbrake endorsement. The course covers all required in class and practical hours by SGI. The written exam is required to be written through an SGI testing office. Please contact the office for more information and course schedules.

Road Exams (Practical Tests)

Road exams are based on whether the student has met all of the required criteria set forth by SGI and per the instructor’s opinion that the individual is safe and ready to test. Road exams are not guaranteed. All exames and retests are booked at the discretion of Class 1A. The Class 1A Mandatory Course includes two attempts at the road exam provided students have met the required passing grade on all classes and practical modules. If a second test is required the truck and trailer are provided at no cost and students are responsible for the cost of the receipts.

Other Programs

Air Brake Training is included in all of our full courses but can be sought out as an individual program. People needing air-brake endorsements only are usually companies for safety training reasons, oil patch, fire fighters, heavy equipment operators, motor homes, or single-axle vehicles on air-brake systems.

Pre-trip and Post-trip programs are also included in our full courses but may be required as an upgrade program for company safety reasons or simply clarifying correct and current procedures.

Heavy Trailer-1G programs are available, these are required for people who are pulling a trailer where the gross weight of the trailer and its cargo exceed 4,500kgs (10,000lbs).

Individual training programs can be sought out for these and many others by simply calling our office.

Training Program Content

  • Starting and Stopping
  • Parking
  • Signalling
  • Pre-trip/Post-trip
  • Speed
  • Air-brake Training
  • Shifting/Splitting and Double Clutching
  • Coupling/Uncoupling
  • Proper Gear Selection
  • Grid Road, Highway, and City Driving, with an emphasis on City Driving
  • Backing Procedures, Two and Three-Point Turns,alley,90 degree, etc.
  • Left and Right Turns, S-turns, Straddling, Blocking
  • Lane Changing and Road Position, Passing and Being Passed
  • Intersections
  • Right of Way
  • Traffic Lights

Depending on course chosen, other areas can and will be discussed:

  • Log Books
  • Scaling
  • Combination Units
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Border Crossing

Customized programs for groups or specific areas can be arranged for both government or private industry. Number of students, location, and time of year will all be factors in determining the price. Please call for a quote.

Non MELT programs are based on a two-to-one ratio. We do not pile four to six students in for pre-trips and air-brake training with one instructor delivering the course.

All programs are a stepping stone and individual needs will vary, including career choices.

Most clients reach only SGI minimum standard in the short programs therefore thought and attention to future needs should be taken into consideration when booking programs so as to ensure you choose the most appropriate to your future endeavours.