Effective immediately, Alberta Transportation has introduced new, temporary measures, related to driver education and examinations.
Details available on COVID-19 Driver Education and Exams Memo (PDF, 170 KB)
Effective immediately all driver testing across all classes of licences are suspended for a minimum of 4 weeks, until April 18.
To help support Albertans isolating and practicing physical distancing, we are extending expiry dates for Alberta driver’s licences, vehicle registrations and other permits and certificates until May 15, 2020.
For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
You must be approved to get a Driver Training School Licence to provide the following services as a driver training school in Alberta:
- driver training for any class of driver’s licence, including Mandatory Entry-Level Training for Class 1 and 2 driver’s licences
- Professional Driver Improvement Course
- Defensive Driving Course
- endorsement training, for example Q endorsement and S endorsement
A Driver Training School Licence will not be issued until the approval process has been fulfilled. Driver Programs and Licensing Standards (DPLS) will determine if a Driver Training School Licence will be issued.
Certified employee driver training agencies
Effective March 1, 2019, Alberta no longer certifies organizations or instructors that provide driver training for driver’s licence endorsements or demerit point reductions. Instead, these driver training providers must get the same type of licence as driver training schools and driving instructors.
Existing licensed driver training schools, certified employee agencies and instructors who provide Class 1 and 2 and S endorsement (School Bus Driver Improvement Program) training must also apply for this licence.
How to apply
Step 1. Confirm eligibility and complete application form
To be eligible, the driver training provider must employ a Senior Driving Instructor to guide, assist and monitor its staff in providing quality education and meeting DPLS standards. For more information see Become a licensed driving instructor.
You must also provide the following legal documents to DPLS (if applicable):
- Surety Bond or Guarantee (not less than $10,000)
- a Surety Bond is not applicable to school boards, government agencies, or organizations that provide training for no compensation.
- Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Amalgamation
- Business Driver Training School Licence
You must complete the Record of Licensed Instructors (PDF, 131 KB).
You must complete the Record of Driver Training Vehicles (PDF, 132 KB).
See Section 2.00.01 of the Licensed Driver Training School Policies and Procedures Manual for more information.
Step 2. Get a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search
You must provide an original Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search from an approved police agency for each school owner, director or partner.
It must be dated within 90 days of the date Alberta Transportation receives your application.
See Section 4(1)(d), Driver Training Regulation (AR 316/2002) in the Traffic Safety Act for more information.
Step 3. Print, sign and submit the Terms and Conditions
Print a copy of the Licensed Driver Training School Terms and Conditions (PDF, 383 KB). Make sure you read and understand the document before you sign it. Submit the hard copy to DPLS.
Step 4. Ensure you have the required curriculum materials
Class 5 curriculum
You have the option of using the government’s standardized Class 5 curriculum or you can submit a curriculum proposal with the following:
- Electronic presentation
- Class 5 Driver Education Curriculum: A Guide for Instructors (PDF, 53.9 MB)
- Class 5 Driver Education Curriculum: A Guide for Students
For more information, see Delivering Class 5 Driver Training.
Professional Driver Improvement Course
Defensive Driving Course
Mandatory Entry-Level Training
You must follow the government’s standardized curriculum for Class 1, 2 and 2-S.
- Commercial truck driver training course (Class 1): course delivery guidelines and curriculum
- Commercial truck driver training course (Class 1): curriculum development standards
- Commercial truck driver training course: Class 1 presentation
- Commercial bus driver training course (Class 2): course delivery guidelines and curriculum
- Commercial bus driver training course (Class 2): curriculum development standards
- Commercial bus driver training course: Class 2 presentation
- Commercial bus and school bus driver training course (Class 2-S): course delivery guidelines and curriculum
- Commercial bus and school bus driver training course (Class 2-S): curriculum development standards
- Commercial bus and school bus driver training course: Class 2-S presentation
Air Brake Program
School Bus Driver Improvement Program
Licensed S-endorsement instructors will receive a copy of the instructor’s manual for the School Bus Driver Improvement Program.
To connect with Driver Programs and Licensing Standards:
Driver Programs and Licensing Standards
1st Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3
Driver Programs and Licensing Standards
1st Floor, Willowglen Business Park
803 Manning Road NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7M8