Having a (M.E.L.T) commercial truck driving license in Ontario is a quick way to get a great paying job. Many people think getting the license is difficult. A1 Transportation Academy shares the best pathway to get the license in the least amount of time. Want more details? Contact us to book a free consultation. You can reach us at 905-754-0578 or 905-754-0579. We are open Monday to Saturday to help you.
It’s no secret there’s a huge demand for Class A Commercial Truck Drivers in Ontario. What many people get confused about is what it takes to get the license. This is a subject that we understand here at A1 Transportation Academy inside and out. We’ll break down the details below.
The National Safety Code
The first thing to understand is that there’s a firm set of rules here in Canada that determine if you qualify for a commercial license or not. This is called the National Safety Code. Depending on what province you are in, you can expect some other requirements as well. We’ll address the requirements here in Ontario, where our Academy is located.
In Ontario, anyone who would like to take the test for a commercial driving license needs Mandatory Entry Level Training, more commonly referred to as M.E.L.T. This training makes sure Ontario Commercial Drivers can operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible way. Before M.E.L.T. requirements were established, the industry had some serious issues with commercial drivers who were endangering themselves and others. M.E.L.T. solved this problem.
Meet the Minimum Requirements
Before you can take the M.E.L.T. training or the commercial driving test, you will need a standard driver’s license, a driving background without any major infractions, and be able to pass a criminal background check. Here in Ontario, you need to be at least 18 years old. You will also need to pass a written test for your learner’s permit, so that you can go on the road with a licensed driver to train.
Many serious health issues will prevent you from getting a commercial driving license. Understanding what your health is like is a must before you start the process. The last thing you want to happen is meet all of the other requirements and then be denied because of a health problem. What health problems will prevent you from getting your license? Some of the most common ones are: mental health conditions, epilepsy, heart problems, and neurological conditions but there are many others as well. You also have to take a physical on a regular basis, depending on your age, which could be every few years or every year. Canada, thankfully, only wants healthy commercial truck drivers on the road for their safety and the safety of others as well.
Practice Driving a Commercial Truck
Once you pass your written test you can start practicing with a licensed commercial driver. Everyone in the industry would likely agree the best place to do this is through a well-reviewed, professional commercial truck driving school. Our school, A1 Transportation Academy, is your best choice in Ontario.
By working with a professional teacher, you will be able to learn vital skills that you would otherwise miss. Once you complete your training, you are ready to take your road test. The road test is with an official examiner who will have you prove you are able to safely drive, park, and confidently control a commercial truck safely. Your performance will be graded and if you pass the Class A Commercial Truck Driving license, you can expect your career to start soon after.
Take Your M.E.L.T. Course at A1 Transportation Academy
We are Ontario’s #1 commercial truck driving school. All of the courses we offer, including M.E.L.T., are approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Our academy is also universally well-respected by Canada’s transport companies, who know we deliver quality education, and produce safe, responsible and skilled drivers.
If you have any questions about becoming a Class AZ Commercial Truck Driver – or if you’d like to learn more about any of our other training programs – contact us today. We’d love to help you get started on an amazing, successful new career.
At A1 Transportation Academy, we provide total training package to our students. 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. We are open Monday to Saturday to help you.