The Alberta government has once again extended the deadline for farmers and farm workers to apply for their Class 1.
Under new rules, a person working on a farm will have until Nov. 30, 2020 to apply for the extension through Alberta Transportation. If approved, this allow applicants to go through the pre-Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) process.
“The school bus driver and farming industries are highly flexible, seasonal industries that indicated they need more time to adjust to the MELT requirements,” says Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation. “Our government is committed to taking steps to work with farmers and school bus drivers to ensure we have a robust driver training system in place that works for industry, without compromising safety. This extension ensures these key industries can continue their work without disruption, particularly during the busy back-to-school and harvest seasons.”
Those eligible for the extension must also pass Class 1 enhanced knowledge and road tests based on the MELT curriculum before March 1, 2021 to keep their commercial licence.
Alberta introduced the MELT requirements for drivers seeking Class 1 and Class 2 commercial licences on March 1, 2019. The Class 1 MELT program takes 113 hours to complete.