Gain the knowledge and skills required to pass the written and practical GNWT DMV ELT (Entry Level Training) Class 1 driver’s written and practical exams

Program: Class 1 Driver Entry Level Training (ELT)



Program length: 150 hours

Start date: See Program Description for Delivery Schedule


  • Aurora College Record of Achievement


  • Classroom
  • Field-based Training

Program Description

This course is designed to prepare individuals to write and pass the written and practical GNWT DMV ELT (Entry Level Training) Class 1 driver’s exam & practical. The training concentrates on the operation of a tractor tri-axle side dump trailer in a construction and/or industrial environment. Students will be exposed to various operations in a construction/industrial setting in conjunction with other heavy equipment. The course focuses on safety, maintenance, and the operation of a tractor truck with tri-axle side dump equipment. This includes road safety, pre-trip planning, loading, hauling and dumping, trip planning, and effective and efficient road travel.

2024-2025 Delivery Schedule:
August 5 – September 6, 2024
September 16 – October 18, 2024
October 28 – November 29, 2024
January 20 – February 21, 2025
March 3 – April 4, 2025
April 14 – May 9, 2025
May 19 – June 20, 2025

Program Eligibility

The eligibility requirements for Class 1 and Class 3 Driver Training are the same as for the Heavy Equipment Operator programs. Applicants may be admitted based one of the following pathways: academic pathway or experiential/mature student pathway.

Academic Pathway

Applicants may be considered for admission who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older; and
  • Have been enroled in English 10-2

Applicants who have completed the Aurora College Occupations and College Access Program (OCAP) and have successfully completed:

  • Aurora College English 130

Equivalencies and other post-secondary education may be considered.

Mature Student/Experiential Pathway

Applicants who are 20 years or older, have been out of school for at least one year, and have relevant work/life experience in the heavy equipment operator field may be considered for admission. Eligibility for the program may be determined through an interview, an assessment of reading comprehension, a review of the applicant’s resume, or other means.

Regardless of the pathway for admission, all applicants must:

  • Submit official transcripts from high school and/or post-secondary education, as applicable;
  • Possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence prior to entry into the program. A probationary Class 5 Driver’s Licence is not acceptable. A restricted licence may limit the applicant’s training equipment and licensing potential; and
  • Submit a current driver’s licence abstract (can be obtained from the GNWT Department of Transportation and Vehicle Licensing Office).

Depending on the applicant’s pathway, they may be requested to:

  • Submit a resume or other evidence of relevant work/life experience.
  • Participate in an interview.
  • Complete an assessment of reading comprehension.

Based on screening in the above areas, applicants may be advised that they are “conditionally accepted”. If applicants are “conditionally accepted” into the program, they may also be required to submit proof that they have passed a Class 3 or Class 1 GNWT Driver’s Medical Exam.

NOTE: Applicants are not required to obtain a medical for their initial application. After screening, applicants who will be training on Class 1 or Class 3 equipment will be advised to pass a Class 1 or Class 3 Driver’s Medical in order to become fully accepted in the program.

Applicant Assessment

Applicants must complete an Aurora College application form, provide high school and/or other official post-secondary transcripts, and a current driver’s abstract. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants who have been waitlisted for the next intake and who do not get admission, may be offered a seat in the next intake of the program.

Applicants who are currently enroled in one or more of the required academic courses for admission are encouraged to apply early and provide transcripts that demonstrate that they are currently registered in these courses. Applicants may receive a conditional acceptance that is dependent on their successful completion of the required courses (65 percent or higher). Applicants who are conditionally accepted will be required to provide a final transcript upon completion of the required courses to be fully accepted.

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted to this program based on how well they meet the program eligibility requirements, on the date of application, eligibility requirements/pathways and on space availability.

Priority may be given to applicants who have resided in the Northwest Territories for at least one year prior to the date of the program. Additionally, applicants who are currently enroled in the Aurora College Occupations and College Access Program (OCAP) are encouraged to apply early and prior to completion of their program. To be given priority in the selection process, applicants must have submitted a complete* application. Applications will be processed based on the date that their application is complete*.

* A complete application is one in which all required documentation (ex. application, transcripts, letter of reference) and all requested documentation (ex. additional documentation that supports your eligibility that is requested for your application is received).

Program Information

Students must bring clothing suitable for outside equipment operation. Students must also possess and wear proper protective footwear, CSA-approved Class 2 coveralls, or coveralls. Headgear, safety vest, and safety glasses are available for purchase by the College. All required manuals for the course are provided by the College. Attendance for all modules is compulsory.

Punctuality and attendance are an important component in completing this course. Unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the course.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Operate the equipment at a basic entry level for employment.
  • Understand how to competently and safely operate the equipment the student has trained on.
  • Understand and perform the required safety checks and maintenance on the equipment.
  • Perform basic construction procedures associated with the equipment.
  • Have a basic understanding of the workings of the vehicle’s systems.
  • Understand and demonstrate the required employment criteria.

Completion Requirements

Students must successfully complete the compulsory/core and operational modules in their course as well as demonstrate acceptable life skills such as punctuality, attendance and professional attitude. Students must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of their instructors, that they are safety-minded and capable operators.

Document of Recognition

Aurora College Record of Achievement

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