Frequently Asked Questions

How to become a truck/class 1 driver in Manitoba?


  • Minimum class 5F/1A license.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Meet the required visual and medical standards.
  • Pass class 1 and air brake knowledge tests.

Once you are eligible to get class 1 training in Manitoba, enroll in a MPI approved training school and complete 121.5 hours of M.E.L.T. training. Final step is to book and pass the MPI class 1 road test.

More information can be found on MPI’s website – Testing for your professional driver’s licence

What is M.E.L.T.?

Mandatory Entry-Level Training(M.E.L.T.) is required for drivers who want to obtain their Class 1 driver’s licence. As of September 1, 2019, you must complete an approved Class 1 M.E.L.T. course before you can book your road test to obtain a Class 1 licence to drive a semi-trailer truck (other existing requirements also apply).

The M.E.L.T. course consists of 121.5 hours of standardized training that covers the essential knowledge and skills to safely operate a semi-trailer truck. Drivers only need to successfully complete M.E.L.T. once – there is no need to take the training again.

Previously, training was recommended but not required prior to obtaining a Class 1 licence. Click here for more information on this.

Does M.E.L.T. includes air-brake training?

Yes, Air-brake training is included within M.E.L.T. training  program.

How long does it take to get class 1?

Depending on what course you choose, availability of dates and student’s learning capability. road test, how quickly you pass the road test. On average, a Betterway student gets his/her license in 6-8 weeks.

How much does it cost to get class 1 Manitoba?

Training cost changes time to time. It ranges from $4000 to $7000. Please contact for current prices. 

How many road tests are included with training?

Truck rentals are free for first two road tests. Additional road tests are subject to a fee of $275.

When is the next batch starting?

New batch start every month. Please contact us for course start dates and seat availability. 

Is funding available for M.E.L.T.?

As of July 14, 2021, there are no direct funding options available for individuals. But Canada-Manitoba Job Grant funding is available for employers to help cover the cost to train their new or existing employees. 

More information can be found on this link – Funding for employers

How much truck drivers make in Canada?

Truck drivers salary varies widely, depending on experience, different skill sets and the company drivers work for. Typically, a truck driver in Canada makes somewhere between $38,000 and $79,000 per year. For more detailed information you can refer to this link – How much does a truck driver make?