Driver Training

Keyano College offers both individual and group Driver Training and Safety Testing, Certifications, and Assessments.

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We have on-demand safety training available. Please email us or call 780-715-3903 for more information about any of our courses. 

All courses listed below are held at the Suncor Energy Industrial Campus in Gregoire (Mackenzie Industrial Park) at 160 Mackenzie Boulevard.

Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT)

Effective March 1, 2019 standardized entry level training is mandatory for all new Class 1 commercial drivers. Training includes a number of government mandated training hours, standardized curriculum and knowledge/road tests for Class 1 drivers. For more information visit Alberta Transportation.

Course Overview

The purpose of this curriculum is to provide individuals seeking to obtain a Class 1 driver’s license with basic driving skill procedures and to guide the instructor on how to effectively deliver the training. The course reinforces driving theory, skills practice and promotion of positive driving attitudes.

The curriculum is expected to assist entry-level commercial truck drivers to develop safe driving skills, knowledge and be aware of their duties. The curriculum discusses minimum content and creates the foundation for safe driving skills. Continued on-the-job training and .supervision by an experienced commercial truck driver will assist drivers in developing advanced driving skills after successful completion of this course

This course has both classroom and practical components that will be delivered in three learning environments: in-class, in-yard (around the vehicle) and in-cab (behind-the-wheel). 

Course Hours

  • Air Brakes Q Endorsement: 16 hours
  • Classroom instruction: 40.5 hours
  • In-yard instruction: 15.5 hours
  • In-cab training: 57 hours
  • Total training hours: 129 hours
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold an Alberta non-probationary driver’s license
  • Three full years pf education in English in Canada or the equivalent in another country where English is the principle language – or one of the items below:                        

Program Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold an Alberta non-probationary driver’s license
  • Three full years pf education in English in Canada or the equivalent in another country where English is the principle language – or one of the items below:  

                    

  • NOTE: It is strongly recommended for participants to complete a successful medical assessment through a physician prior to participating in the MELT program. Medical forms are available from a registry agent, or a doctor.

Requirements:

Students are to come prepared with personal protective equipment for yard & driving hours. Students are also encouraged to become familiar with the program content, take notes and ask questions through the entire course. 

  • Schedule Breakdown
    Week 1-2: In Class Section: Monday-Friday (minimum: 3 students –max: 4 students)

  • Week 3 Onward: In-cab Training: $365 per 3-hour block (FOR CLASS 1 MELT STUDENTS ONLY). 19 of these blocks are required to meet goverment mandated requirements. 3-hour blocks can be scheduled at your own convenience. All hours must be completed within 9 months of course start date.

Entire Program start February 24, 2020

Schedule Breakdown
Week Type of Training Modules Length of training/hours
1 Classroom & Q Endorsement 1,4,6,8,9,10 37.5 hrs
2 Classroom & yard 2,3,5,7 35 hrs
Week 3 onward In-cab training 3,5 57 hrs

In-cab training is broken down into: 39 hours of behind-the-wheel and 18 hours of off-road tasks & maneuvers.

NOTE: Week 3 (in-cab training) will be offered to students in 3-hour blocks to align with personal schedules. This allows for our industry of shift workers to complete the training while still receiving an income. Students are permitted 3-hours of driving per day.

Timeline:

Students are required to complete all training hours and be tested within 9 months of enrollment date. Any students not completed within the 9 months will be required to repeat weeks 1 & 2.

Pricing:

Weeks 1 and 2 combined hours is priced to a total of $2,995+ GST

3-hour blocks hours are $365 + GST each (FOR CLASS 1 MELT STUDENTS ONLY)

Program total is: $9,930 + GST.

Class 3 Driver Training

After you complete our Class 3 Driver Training program, you will be eligible for your Road Test with the Alberta Registry. Contact the Office of the Registrar for upcoming training dates.

**Our Class 3 vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, and training includes approximately 30 hours of in-truck training (this inlcudes observation time, real time driving, backing techniques, walk arounds, etc.)**

It is your responsibility to purchase the Driver's Exam permit from the Alberta Registry. We will book and arrange your exam times.

More truck time can be arranged and purchased for an additional fee.

Register today

Please email us or call 780-791-4801 to register. Register today as space is limited.

Register as a group

Please email us or call 780-791-4931 to register as a group.

Schedule and fees

Course Code Semester Course Date/Day Time Room Tuition
CEPDRIV300-02 Winter Class 3 Driver Training Feb 12 - 17, 2020 (Wed-Mon) 8:00am - 6:00pm SEIC101C $2,995 + GST
CEPDRIV300-03 Winter Class 3 Driver Training Mar 18 - 23, 2020 (Wed-Mon) 8:00am - 6:00pm SEIC101C $2,995 + GST
CEPDRIV300-04 Winter Class 3 Driver Training Apr 15 - 20, 2020 Wed-Mon) 8:00am - 6:00pm SEIC101C $2,995 + GST
CEPDRIV300-01 Spring Class 3 Driver Training May 20 - 25, 2020 (Wed -Mon) 8:00am - 6:00pm SEIC101C $2,995 + GST
CEPDRIV300-02 Spring Class 3 Driver Training June 17 - 22, 2020 (Wed - Mon) 8:00am - 6:00pm SEIC101C $2,995 + GST

 Training requirements

 

You must have:

  • A valid Class 5 Alberta driver's licence (no GDL restriction)
  • Students must have their Air Brake Q Endorsement prior to the course start date
  • Students must have completed their Class 3 Knowledge Test completed from an Alberta Registry
  • A copy of your drivers abstract from the previous 3 years
    • Elligable students must not have more than 6 demerit points or any driver suspensions

Personal Protection Equipment

You must bring and wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), such as:

  • steel-toe boots
  • hard hat
  • reflective vest
  • safety glasses

Refund Policy

  1. Requests for refunds for tuition dated five working days or more prior to course commencement will be granted, with $25 of the fee retained by the College.
  2. For cancellations dated less than five working days prior to course commencement date, no refunds will be granted.
  3. Material fees are non-refundable.
  4. Non-attendance at any course is not notice of withdrawal.
  5. To obtain a refund from a continuing education course, a student must formally advise the Office of the Registrar by phone or in person, after which the student will be withdrawn and the refund process initiated.
  6. Another person may attend in the participant's place. Notification of such a change must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar prior to the course start date.

Air Brakes (Q Endorsement)

This course is for students who wish to receive the Alberta "Q" Air Brake Certification, which is mandatory for professional drivers of air brake vehicles. To successfully complete the course, students must attend in-class theory lessons and successfully complete written and practical exams.

Course length: 16 hours
Note: Students must wear personal protective equipment including hard hat, safety glasses and steel-toed boots
Prerequisites: Students must show proof of a valid Canadian driver's license

Course Code Semester Course Date/Day Time Fee
CEAIRQ100-01 Winter Air Brakes "Q" Endorsement  Jan 4 & 5, 2020 (Sat & Sun) 7:00am - 5:30pm $395 + GST 
CEAIRQ100-03 Winter Air Brakes "Q" Endorsement Feb 1 & 2, 2020 (Sat & Sun) 7:00am - 5:30pm $395 + GST
CEAIRQ100-04 Winter Air Brakes "Q" Endorsement Feb 22 & 23, 2020 (Sat & Sun) 7:00am - 5:30pm $395 + GST
CEAIRQ100-05 Winter Air Brakes "Q" Endorsement Mar 7 & 8, 2020 (Sat & Sun) 7:00am - 5:30pm $395 + GST

Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC)

This course is a specially designed defensive driving course for the professional driver. It consists of classroom instruction aimed at improving driving skills and attitudes. It also offers the potential for reduction of demerits.

Course length: 8 hours
Note: This course is available for on-demand group training, as requested, please call 780-715-3903.

Defensive Driver Training

This course is a specially designed defensive driving course. It consists of classroom instruction aimed at improving driving skills and attitudes. Know the why and how various types of motor vehicle collisions occur and how to prevent them. It also offers the potential for reduction of demerits.

Course length: 8 hours
Note: This course is available for on-demand group training, as requested, please call 780-715-3903.