Great Plains College of­fers class­room sup­port for com­mer­cial semi-driv­ers

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current -

Great Plains College is pre­pared to help driv­ers ob­tain the new manda­tory stan­dard­ized train­ing re­quire­ments for those want­ing a Class 1 com­mer­cial li­cense in Saskatchew­an to drive semitrucks.

Driv­ers seek­ing a Class 1 com­mer­cial li­cense in Saskatchew­an to drive semitrucks will be re­quired to un­dergo a min­i­mum stan­dard­ized 121.5 hours of train­ing (in-class­room, in-yard and be­hind the wheel) fo­cus­ing on pri­or­ity cur­ricu­lum ar­eas in­clud­ing ba­sic driv­ing tech­niques, pro­fes­sional driv­ing habits, ve­hi­cle in­spec­tions and air brakes.

“Starting in May, we will be de­liv­er­ing the 47 the­ory hours of in­class train­ing that semi-driv­ers are now re­quired to take as a pre­req­ui­site to ob­tain­ing their li­cense,” ex­plains Fritz Eck­stein, re­gion man­ager of Great Plains College. “This will pro­vide op­tions to those seek­ing to com­plete en­try level train­ing.”

The changes were an­nounced in De­cem­ber by Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for SGI, Joe Har­grave, af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with those in the truck­ing in­dus­try, train­ing schools, ad­di­tional stake­hold­ers and other ju­ris­dic­tions. Changes were the cul­mi­na­tion of work SGI be­gan in 2017 to improve stan­dards for train­ing of com­mer­cial semi driv­ers.

Course of­fer­ings through Great Plains College have been approved by SGI and the in­struc­tor, Bill Martens, is a cer­ti­fied SGI in­struc­tor with a wealth of knowl­edge as an ex­pe­ri­enced truck driver, trainer and li­censed ex­am­iner.

“The college is equipped to de­liver this im­por­tant train­ing,” says Eck­stein. “Along with an ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tor, we have an in­ter­ac­tive air brake com­puter pro­gram and an air board. We are cer­ti­fied though SGI, our in­struc­tor has ex­per­tise, and our fa­cil­i­ties are equipped.”

The first Manda­tory En­try-Level Train­ing (MELT) ses­sion is sched­uled for May 21-30, 2019, at Swift Cur­rent Cam­pus.

To regis­ter, visit great­plain­scol­lege.ca/MELT or contact Lyla Cooper, safety train­ing co­or­di­na­tor at Great Plains College, at 1-888-296-2472.

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