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At Hopfe Training Centre, we are dedicated to delivering an extraordinary experience. With us, you will receive personalized one-on-one sessions with our exceptional instructors, creating a safe and nurturing environment where you can embrace mistakes, learn, and regain your confidence behind the wheel. Our proven team-building exercises effortlessly cultivate a deep understanding of truck components and the air brake system, making it feel like second nature. To enhance your knowledge of various MELT requirements, we offer over 200 minutes of recorded footage. Additionally, our in house comprehensive training booklets ensure a seamless grasp of expectations and guide you on how to achieve them. Trust us for an unmatched training experience where quality and effectiveness are our top priorities.

What is a Class 1 license?

Hopfe Training Centre offers the highest level of driver’s license attainable in Saskatchewan – the Class 1 license. This prestigious license grants you the ability to operate a variety of vehicles, including semi-trucks with trailers, trucks with trailers, and towed vehicles with a combined gross weight over 4,600kg. By obtaining a Class 1 license with an Air Brake (A) Endorsement through our Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT), you open doors to drive an extensive range of vehicles, such as Classes 5, 4, 3, and 2, as well as popular services like Uber, Lyft, and taxis. Additionally, you’ll be qualified to drive city buses, garbage trucks, and cement mixers. It’s important to note that school buses and motorcycles are the only exceptions to the vehicles you can operate with this license. Having the Air Brake Endorsement is particularly advantageous as it aligns perfectly with the prevalent use of air brake systems in most Class 1 vehicles. Trust Hopfe Training Centre to provide comprehensive training and unlock exciting opportunities for advancing your driving career.

How do I get my Class 1 License?

Before you can get your Class 1 license, you must first get a learner’s license from SGI. A Class 1 learner’s license will expire after two years.

To get your learner’s license, you must also meet the minimum age and driver’s license requirements, have a clean bill of health, and pass the written road knowledge test.

Follow these easy steps and you’ll be ready to drive in no time!

Step one – The Minimum
Step two – The SGI Medical
Step three – Written Exams
Step four – MELT
Step five – The Finish Line


Class 1 MELT Program

Price: $11,550

Course Length: Minimum of 121.5 hours
Cost includes taxes, one set of SGI testing fees.

Steps to achieve your goal

Step One: The Minimum

To get your Class 1 license in Saskatchewan, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must hold a Saskatchewan Class 5 license and be out of the Graduated License Driving program (no Novice 1 or Novice 2 designations)

That’s it! Good to go? Next step!

Step Two: SGI Medical

Before you can proceed any further, you must complete and pass an SGI medical. This is to ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road.

You can either take a copy of the SGI Commercial Driver’s License Medical Report with you to the doctor, or simply let them know why you’re there.

You must pay for this medical exam. Once the exam is complete, your doctor will submit their report to SGI; this usually takes a few days, so be prepared to wait.

The intent of this exam is to identify any health concerns that could cause issues on the road. The most common possibilities here are vision and hearing loss, but other potential flags are seizures, insulin-dependent diabetic conditions, head injuries, blackouts, dizziness or fainting, or physical disabilities. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get your Class 1 license if you have these conditions, they just have to ensure you can still safely drive a large rig. 

Ready to learn? Excellent. 

Step Three: Written Exams

You can book your written exams in two ways:

1. Call SGI to book an appointment at any SGI location – 1 (800) 667-8015

2. Visit SGI in Regina or Saskatoon for walk-in appointments between 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday to Saturday.

Before scheduling your exams, be familiar with the following books:
– Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook
– Commercial Driver’s Handbook; and
– Air Brake Handbook.

Make sure to study these thoroughly. We always recommend going through and answering all the questions at the end of each module. It’s important to note here that, because you are in the process of obtaining your Class 1 license, which gives you the ability to drive a bus or a taxi, you need to study those sections too.

In order to obtain your learner’s license and be ready for MELT, you must obtain a minimum of 80% on the following tests. Each attempt costs $15, no matter how many or few of the tests you have to write or re-write. Try to make note of any questions that you may be struggling with to review them before your next rewrite.

– Signs Test (30 Questions)
– Basic Class 5 Test (20 Questions)
– Class 4 Test (10 Questions)
– Class 3 Test (10 Questions)
– Class 2 Test (10 Questions)
– Class 1 Test (10 Questions)
– Air Brake Endorsement (18 Questions)

If you’ve passed all the tests, congratulations! You now have your Class 1 Learners License! You are now ready for your MELT course with Hopfe Training Centre.

Step Four: M.E.L.T.

Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) came into effect March 15, 2019, in Saskatchewan. You are now required to attend the SGI minimum 121.5-hour course to obtain your Class 1 license.

Hopfe Training Centre makes this happen in a four-week long course, so that you can take as little time off as possible in order to obtain your license and take the next step in your career!

The MELT Course is broken into four broad categories: Classroom, theory, driving, and reverse maneuvers.

You can find more detailed information in our courses section.

Our instructors are SGI certified. We constantly undergo specialized training to ensure that we’re able to teach you the best possible practices regarding Class 1 driving and how to make a positive impact in our field. We’re dedicated to making sure you know as much as you can before you head out onto the road yourself! We view ourselves as mentors more than teachers and we’re always happy to provide assistance even after our students graduate from our program.

Don’t quit now, you’re almost there!

Step Five: The Finish Line

A.K.A. The Driving Test

There are two parts to the SGI Practical Exams: theory and practical.

Part One

The first practical exam with SGI tests your knowledge and understanding of the truck and how it operates. This consists of the pre-trip, the air brake practical exam, and demonstrating how to properly connect and disconnect a truck and trailer.

SGI’s practical exams are designed to make sure you’re comfortable and confident behind the wheel. Your job here is to show SGI what you’ve learned and that you know how to do it properly and safely.

Part Two

The second practical exam with SGI tests your driving – this is your chance to show off (safely, of course)! You will demonstrate how to drive defensively and how to properly do any backups required. There’s no need to overthink this part of the course – the easiest way to put it is: don’t think of it like a test. You know what to do – prove it!

One hour of full concentration later, here we are! You have your license! You’re now ready to start your new career on the road – congrats!

Class 3

Discover the Class 3 License

Unleash your driving potential with a Class 3 license, granting you the authority to navigate heavy-duty industrial trucks like never before. From mighty dump trucks to reliable cement mixers, industrial garbage trucks, and powerful straight-body trucks, you’ll be at the wheel of a diverse fleet. Embrace your role in local construction, utilities, deliveries, farming, and the thriving oil patch. But, to truly amplify your capabilities, pair your Class 3 license with the esteemed Air Brake (A) Endorsement. With this winning combo, there will be no road untread, no vehicle unmastered.

How do I get my Class 3 License?

There are a few ways to get your Class 3 license depending on your experience.

See our courses page for more detailed information.


35-hour Course

Price: $3,885

Description: This is a generalized course and is best for those who have never driven a Class 3 unit.


20-hour Course

Price: $2,310

Description: This course is designed for those who have driven a Class 3 unit. It puts emphasis on the trip inspection and air brake test. These hours are customizable depending on what training you need.

What do I need to know?

It’s important to book your courses early so we can fit you in as soon as possible.

The age and driving experience requirements for Class 3 are the same as Class 1. Class 3 requires many of the same steps as Class 1.

Before you can begin your driver training, you must:

  1. Book and complete a medical exam through SGI.
  2. Complete the written exams listed at SGI.

Before going for your tests, read through the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook, the Commercial Driver’s Handbook, and the Air Brake Handbook. Go through each module and answer the questions at the end of each chapter. Each attempt at SGI costs you $15, no matter how many tests you have to write.

The Class 3 tests require you to complete the Class 4 test as well. We recommend you study the Class 4 section of the Professional Driver’s Handbook.

The written tests include:

  1. Signs Test (30 questions)
  2. Basic Class 5 Test (20 questions)
  3. Class 4 Test (10 questions)
  4. Class 3 Test (10 Questions)

The Driving Test

There are two parts to the driving test: the practical portion and the driving portion.

The practical portion of the exam covers the practical air brake test and trip inspection.

During the driving portion, you will ride with the instructor for two hours. You will be tested on safe operational procedures, basic maneuvers, and the reverse maneuver. New drivers will be tested on the IPDE method of driving and general safety practices. For experienced drivers, this test will focus on correcting bad habits and pointing out those little things you didn’t know (or remember) you needed to do.

NOTE: Any previous Class 3 experience does not remove the requirement of Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) necessary to receive a Class 1 license.


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