In Ontario truck drivers must graduate from the Mandatory Entry-Level Training program before they can take their road test to get a Class A license, something which can change their lives when it comes to finances and other opportunities. What is the inside scoop on MELT? Read on and find out the most important details from the insiders here at A1 Transportation Academy. We are happy to help. Contact us to book a free consultation. You can reach us at 905-754-0578 or 905-754-0579 or our website www.a1ta.ca. We are open Monday to Saturday to help you.
Let us start with why someone here in Canada would want a Class A license. That is fast and simple to answer. It allows truck drivers to drive the trucks that can quite easily get them in the door to start making $8000 a month. With no prior experience. And with an abundance of jobs available across the country. For someone unemployed or underemployed, it should be obvious what a remarkable opportunity this can be.
Why MELT (Mandatory Entry-Level Training)?
Well, it is mandatory here in Ontario, if you want to get your Class A license. It is also good for the industry. Before the implementation of the MELT program to get a Class A license, there were a very large number of problems in the trucking world. Without the need for this training, there were many scam-like truck driving “schools” that did the absolute minimum to get students for careers as truck drivers. They would pass their Class A license tests but either only be able to drive commercial trucks in a quite dangerous, untrained, way or not be able to drive them at all. This created immense headaches for companies wanting to hire drivers, the drivers themselves, and sometimes even people on the road. Thankfully, the standardized MELT program changed this. An institute must be approved by the Ministry of Education and designated as P.C.C. (Private Career College) to administer the M.E.L.T program. Students must complete at least 103.5 hours of classroom and in-truck training from a designated institute. Our program here at A1 Transportation Academy has ALL of this and more, from experienced and enthusiastic instructors.
What is Taught at MELT?
Here are some highlights of the mandatory subjects taught in the MELT program here at A1 Transportation Academy. There’s much more, but this should give you an idea of what to expect if you should sign up for training.
Basic Driving Techniques. Yes, before you take your Class A license test we will make sure you know how to drive a commercial truck. All of the needed driving techniques will be covered and you should feel comfortable driving by the time the training is complete. Knowing the basics is the key to being able to progress and master anything and commercial truck driving is no exception.
Professional Driving Habits. The right habits are what place a successful commercial truck driver apart from those who are less successful. Learning these will save a driver years that it would otherwise likely take them to pick up. We teach them in our MELT program from deep personal experience and often hear from past students how valuable learning and applying these professional driving habits can be.
How to Secure Cargo. This is incredibly important and can save extreme headaches of the worst kind in the future when working as a commercial truck driver. After you get some experience these techniques and protocols will come naturally but in the beginning, it pays to be taught by experts – and even taking a few notes you can look back on.
Regulatory Compliance. The latest in what you need to know about documentation and regulatory compliance. This is more important than ever, with the surprises we’ve seen 2020 bring which will likely continue well into the future.
Handling Emergencies. Emergencies do happen sometimes when driving a commercial truck and when you go through MELT you will be better prepared to respond to them in a way that helps them get resolved safely and quickly. It’s always better to be prepared than not so this is information that can be quite valuable in the short and the long term.
This is just some of what you can expect from MELT Truck driving training. For a program that’s over relatively quickly (when compared to other types of education), the amount of knowledge you will bring away with you isn’t just vast – it’s things that can and will help you in your future career as a commercial truck driver.
MELT gets you ready as a new truck driver for a prosperous future in the trucking world. Employers can feel confident that you know what you are doing when considering hiring you, because of the good reputation of MELT in general and our A1 Transportation Academy in particular. The time and money you spend on the training are an investment you can count on that produce results as quickly as you are motivated to get your license and apply for positions.
Going through MELT here at A1 Transportation Academy can be the start of a whole new chapter in your life. Contact us today to learn more and to get started. You can reach us for a free consultation at 905-754-0578 or 905-754-0579 or our website www.a1ta.ca. We are open Monday to Saturday to help you.