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Overview

Passenger vehicle road tests (Class 4 to 6) are conducted by driver examiners employed or contracted by Registry Agents. Alberta Transportation is responsible for the training and licensing of driver examiners.

If qualified you are encouraged to apply to become a licensed driver examiner.

Applicants will be selected for testing and training to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct Class 4, basic Class 5, Class 5 Advanced, and Class 6 road tests to provincial standards.

Licensed driver examiners may apply to upgrade their licence to become able to conduct more classes of passenger vehicle road tests.

There is currently no fee for submitting an application for licensing or upgrading. Fees may be assessed and applied at the discretion of Alberta Transportation in future.

Eligibility

New driver examiner applicants

New driver examiner applicants must:

  • have held a full Class 5 or higher driver’s licence for at least 5 years (have been out of the Graduated Driver’s Licensing program for at least 5 years)
  • provide a current 5-year driver’s abstract showing no criminal convictions or suspensions
  • have a satisfactory driving record with less than 7 demerit points
  • have a driver’s licence that was not cancelled or suspended under the Traffic Safety Act during the previous 2 years
  • have a driver’s licence that was not cancelled or suspended under the Criminal Code (Canada) during the previous 5 years
  • provide proof of grade 12 education, equivalent or higher

Upgrade applicants

Existing driver examiners applying to upgrade their licence must:

  • hold the class of driver’s license they want to add to their driver examiner’s licence
  • have conducted a minimum of 750 completed road tests at their current driver examinations licence class (750 completed Class 5 basic road tests to upgrade to a Class 5 advanced or Class 6 licence)

Conflicts of interest

  • An applicant who is a licensed driving instructor cannot be licensed as a driver examiner unless willing to have their driver instructor’s licence cancelled at time of driver examiner licensing.
  • An applicant who is an owner, part owner, shareholder, director, or partner of a registry agent can be licensed but cannot conduct road tests at the registry they have an ownership relationship with.
  • An applicant who is a family member of an owner, part owner, shareholder, director, or partner of a registry agent cannot provide driver examination services at their family member’s registry.
  • An applicant who is an owner, part owner, shareholder, director, partner or employee of a driver training school cannot be licensed unless willing to cancel all ties with the driver training school at time of licensing.
  • A licensed driver examiner is prohibited from testing students of any driver training school that is owned by or employs a member of the examiner’s family (as defined in the Driver Training and Driver Examination Regulation).
  • There is no fee required as part of the application process at this time. Fees can be assessed and applied at the discretion of Alberta Transportation.

Enhanced screening criteria

The number of applications for driver examiner licensing or upgrade training may exceed our ability to deliver training. In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements outlined above, applications will be screened using some or all of the following criteria:

  • the applicant has a clean driving record (for example: 0 demerits)
  • the applicant has no previous sanctions from Driver Programs
  • the applicant is located in an underserved part of the province, such as a remote rural location
  • the applicant already has a relationship formed with a Registry Agent (contract or employment, either current or based on being licensed)

How to apply

Step 1. Determine eligibility

Review all the requirements listed above to determine if you are eligible to apply.

Step 2. Complete the application package

Fill out the driver examiner’s licence application (PDF, 107 KB).

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New driver examiner applicants should include the following documents with the application package:

  • cover letter
  • application form
  • 2 references
  • proof of grade 12 education, equivalent or higher

You must provide a valid email address. All correspondence regarding your application and the selection process will be done through email.

Step 3. Submit the application package

You can submit your application to [email protected]. Applications are only accepted by email.

After you apply

Step 4. Invitation to begin screening

Only applicants chosen to begin the screening process will be contacted. Applicants will only be contacted through email.

Step 5. Screening stage 1

New driver examiner applicants: written test

  • You must score 85% or higher to pass the written driver examiner test. You will have 2 attempts to pass the written test. Applicants chosen to begin stage 1 screening will be contacted by email to schedule the knowledge test.

Upgrade applicants - driver examiner record review

  • The driver examiner’s record will be reviewed by Alberta Transportation. Screening will include, but not be limited to, confirming the number of road tests completed by the driver examiner. Applicants chosen to begin stage 1 screening will be contacted by email.

Step 6. Screening stage 2

New driver examiner applicants: road test

  • You must pass the driver examination road test. You will have 1 attempt to pass the road test and get a score of 50 demerits or less to pass the road test. Applicants chosen to begin stage 2 screening will be contacted by email to schedule a road test.

Upgrade applicants: in-person monitoring session

  • You must complete a satisfactory in-car session to monitor your performance while conducting road tests at your current licence class. Applicants chosen to begin stage 2 screening will be contacted by email to schedule a monitoring session.

Step 7. Reference check and interview

This step only applies to new driver examiner applicants.

The 2 references provided as part of your application package will be contacted following the successful completion of the written knowledge test and road test. You will be contacted for an interview following successful reference checks.

Step 8. Classroom and in-car training

You will receive approximately one week of classroom training related to the class of driver examiner license you are applying for. Training is generally delivered in person in Edmonton or Calgary, but online options for portions of the training may be available.

Classroom training includes both information on the standards for conducting the class of road test, as well as how to administer the road test using approved, mandatory tablet technology.

You will also receive in-car training and monitoring sessions. In-car training must be delivered in person, but there may be options to conduct in-car training in your area. In-car training includes you observing both mock and real road tests, progressing to your trainer overseeing you delivering real road tests.

Step 9. Receive driver examiner licence

Upon successful completion of the classroom and in-car training, you will receive a new or upgraded driver examiner’s licence.

Contact

Connect with Driver Examination Standards:
Email: [email protected]