Mandatory Entry-Level Training Manitoba Class 1 Program – MELT

Due to high demand for training program spots fill up quickly.  However, we do get cancellations and we are
always accepting applications for our wait list. Get our application HERE.


What’s Included?

40.5 hours classroom training
40.0 hours in-yard training
41.0 hours in-cab training
Total 121.5 hours of training

Is this program funded?

The short answer is no. Currently, no Government of Manitoba or “EI” programs are available to fund the 121.5-hour program. Current funding is set up for 244-hour courses only. If a student has alternative funding options and requires a letter to provide to their agency, a letter can be requested in person in our office.

What do I need to get started?

• 18 years of age or older
• Hold a full class 5 licence
• Have class 1A licence (class 1 authorized instruction)
• Have an “I” endorsement (authorized air brake instruction)
• Strong English language skills (reading, writing, listening)

How long is the program?

Our program runs for 4 weeks full-time and attendance is mandatory. Studying time at home is also required to complete workbook exercises and studying for tests.

I am working full-time is your course offered in the evenings or weekends?

Currently, our program is running full-time days from Monday to Friday. Some days are from 9 am – 5:30 pm, other days could start as early as 8 am or run as late as 6:30 pm. Schedules are pre-determined and unfortunately, no flexible scheduling is offered at this time.

How much does it cost?

There are some different fees you will need to pay for training including tuition, books, MPI service fees and a truck rental fee for the road test. Total fees overall will depend on the student successfully completing the MELT program, any make-up time or re-testing within the school and road test attempts at MPI. Generally speaking, the overall cost will be about $7,000 to $8,000. Some fees are paid to MPI directly. 

Mandatory School Fees*:
Application Fee45
Textbook and Supplies120
Other School Fees*:
Written Exam Re-Write50/each
Practical Re-Assessment84/hour
Additional Hourly Training84/hour
Truck Rental for MPI Road Test275/each
MPI Fees*:
Air Brake Manual10 (Free Online)
Profession Manual10 (Free Online)
Written Tests10/each
Class 1 Road Test$50/each

Can I pay in installments?

Unfortunately, we do not offer financing for this program. If your application is approved, you will be contacted to sign a contract for the program and a non-refundable fee of $400.00 is required to hold your place (this fee is including in your overall tuition). The remaining tuition fees must be paid in advance of your course.

How many road tests are included?

To be eligible to book a road test with MPI you must first pass the MELT program. Upon passing the program the school will notify MPI of your successful completion of MELT so that you are able to book a road test.

Since you must pass the program before you are eligible to book a test there are no tests included with this program. The student may also take any vehicle meeting MPI requirements to a Practical Road Test.

How many tests can I take?

MPI has not placed any limits to the number of attempts that a student can take for a road test. Once you have completed MELT successfully you are eligible to take class 1 tests.

How do I apply?

Download our application and return completed applications in person to Buffalo Driver Training Unit D, 415 Lucas Avenue Rosser MB (Ocean Trailer Building 2nd Floor), or by email to

The application fee of $45 will be charged once your application is received by the school. Deposits will not be charged until registration is completed and a contract is signed by the student.

You can download the application HERE.

MELT Intakes Currently Available for Registration

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us

*Please note that pricing can change without  notice. Please enquire at Buffalo Driver Training office or MPI for the most updated fees.