Teach MELT air brake theory only

Air brake driver training instructors can teach the air brake theory portion of the Class 1 mandatory entry-level training course.

Air brake instructor requirements

To teach the air brake theory module of the B.C. Class 1 MELT course, air brake instructors must have an air brake certificate of qualification and have completed the Approved Instructor Theory (AIT) course.

Air brake instructors are not required to hold a Class 1 instructor licence, but they are limited to only providing instruction for the MELT air brake theory module.

AIT course information

How to register for the AIT course

*AIT is the equivalent of the current GLT course, renamed to recognize other theoretical training programs. The existing GLT designation is accepted in lieu of the AIT.

FAQs

Will there be any changes to the air brake training requirements for Class 1 driver's licence applicants during the transition phase to MELT?

Currently, all applicants for an air brake endorsement take a 16-hour air brake course and are issued an air brake course card before taking an ICBC air brake knowledge test. This includes those applying for a Class 1 driver's licence with an air brake endorsement.

While the B.C. Class 1 MELT course contains all air brake training that a Class 1 driver's licence applicant must complete before taking the ICBC air brake knowledge test, there is no requirement to take this course prior to October 18, 2021.

Drivers enroling in a Class 1 MELT course prior to October 18, 2021, may complete the 9-hour air brake theory component of the Class 1 MELT course instead of the 16-hour air brake course to be eligible to take the ICBC air brake knowledge test.

In either case, an air brake course card will be issued and the knowledge test may be taken, up to a maximum of three attempts. If unsuccessful, the 9-hour MELT air brake theory course component (or the 16-hour course) will need repeating and the course card will note which air brake theory course was completed.

What about drivers who want to apply for an air brake endorsement on a Class 2, 3, 4, or 5/7 driver's licence. What are the brake training options?

Applicants for an air brake endorsement may continue to complete the 16-hour air brake course and be issued an air brake course card before taking an ICBC air brake knowledge test. An air brake course card provides three attempts on the knowledge test.

However, during the transition phase to B.C.'s Class 1 MELT course, a driver may complete the 9-hour MELT air brake theory course component instead of the 16-hour course. The 9-hour MELT air brake theory course component is recognized as equivalent to the 16-hour course. The driver will be issued an air brake course card limited to three attempts on the knowledge test. If unsuccessful, they will have to repeat the 9-hour MELT air brake theory course component (or the 16 hour course) and be issued a new course card. The course card will note which air brake theory course was completed.

It is important to note that enroling in the 9-hour MELT air brake theory course component, means they are not eligible to complete the 4-hour practical air brake certification. They will be required to complete an air brake pre-trip with ICBC.

Therefore, if they intend to follow the air brake certification pathway, they must enrol in the current 16-hour air brake course and complete the 4-hour practical course and assessment.