Overview

Alberta Transportation licenses driving instructors under the Driver Training Regulation which can be viewed here under the Traffic Safety Act.

Licensed driving instructors must be employed by a licensed driver training school.

Starting March 1, 2019, all driver training providers including those that do not charge a fee and all driving instructors (including senior driving instructors) will require the same type of licence to provide driver training. All existing licensed and certified instructors must reapply for a new licence.

All applicants

Driving instructor applicants must meet the requirements in section 3.00.01 of the Licensed Driver Training Schools Policies and Procedures:

  • Have a valid Class 1, 2 or 4 Alberta driver’s licence and if applicable an Air Brake (Q endorsement) and/or a School Bus Endorsement (S endorsement).
  • Have a driver’s licence that was not cancelled or suspended under the Criminal Code (Canada) during the 5 years immediately before the date of application.
  • Have a satisfactory driving record (as determined by the Registrar) for the 2 years before the date of the application. You must have fewer than 7 demerit points and no driver’s licence suspensions that expired within the 2 years before the date of the application.
  • Provide an original Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search from an approved police agency dated within 90 days of the instructor application.
  • Have no outstanding fines or account balances with Service Alberta.
  • Successfully complete an approved course of instruction or training required by the Registrar. Only Alberta licensed driver training schools are approved to provide this service.
  • A prospective driving instructor must be affiliated with a licensed driver training school.
  • Pass the DPLS Instructor Knowledge Test.
  • Pass the DPLS practical test (if applicable)
    • You must provide a fully equipped driver training vehicle (as defined in the Driver Training Regulation) for the practical test.
    • Driving instructor licences will be restricted to automatic transmission vehicles instruction only unless the practical test is passed on a standard transmission vehicle.
  • Pay the instructor licence fee, plus applicable service charges and GST, at any Alberta registry agent office upon successful completion of all training and testing. Proof of payment must be submitted prior to a licence being issued.

Senior driving instructors

To earn a Senior Driving Instructor status from Alberta Transportation Driver Programs and Licensing Standards (DPLS), you must:

  • have at least 2 years of experience as a licensed driving instructor
  • meet the minimum hours of instruction
  • fulfil all other requirements as outlined in the Licensed Driver Training School Policies and Procedures Manual (Section 3.00.03), including:
    • guiding, assisting and monitoring the performance of other driving instructors affiliated with your organization
    • staying up-to-date on all changes to driver training standards and ensuring other instructors affiliated with your organization are well-informed
    • monitoring and assessing each instructor’s performance
    • providing initial, remedial and skills upgrading as required

Senior driving instructor equivalencies

Organizations that provide Class 1 or 2 training to their employees or S endorsement (School Bus Driver Improvement Program) training and want to become a licensed driver training school to provide Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) must:

  • have held, for a minimum of 5 years, the class of driver’s licence (Class 1 or 2) for which they will be providing training
  • have 2 consecutive years of experience as an instructor for the driver’s licence class or endorsement training to be delivered
  • be in good standing with DPLS
  • provide a recommendation letter from their employer
  • pass the DPLS Instructor Knowledge Test
  • pass the DPLS practical test

DPLS must approve your status as a senior driving instructor.

These equivalencies will only be accepted until February 28, 2021.

MELT Class 1 or 2 instructors

Applicants must have held a valid Alberta driver’s licence in the same licence class, or an equivalent driver’s licence issued by another jurisdiction in the same licence class, for at least 3 years.

MELT Class 2-S instructors

Applicants must have held a valid Alberta driver’s licence in the same licence class, or an equivalent driver’s licence issued by another jurisdiction in the same licence class, for at least 3 years. Applicants must also have a current S endorsement instructor’s licence.

In-vehicle (Class 3 and 5) or Class 6 instructors

Applicants for in-vehicle or motorcycle instruction must:

  • have held a valid Alberta driver’s licence in the same licence class, or an equivalent driver’s licence issued by another jurisdiction in the same licence class, for at least 3 years
  • successfully complete an approved in-vehicle or motorcycle instruction course
  • pass a timed knowledge test consisting of questions based on these resources

Air Brake Program instructors

Applicants must:

  • hold a valid Alberta Class 1 driver’s licence, or a Class 2, 3, 4 or 5 non-GDL licence with an air brake Q endorsement
  • be an employee of an organization licensed by Alberta Transportation to deliver the Alberta Air Brake Program
  • hold a valid Alberta driving instructor’s licence
  • meet at least one of the following requirements and submit appropriate documents as listed below:
    • have a minimum of 3 years of experience operating vehicles equipped with air brakes:
      • submit a confirmation letter from employer(s)
    • be a Heavy Equipment Technician with 2 years of current experience repairing or servicing air brakes:
      • submit a copy of your Heavy Equipment Technician certificate and letter from employer(s) confirming active repair or service of air brake systems during the last 2 years
    • be a Heavy Equipment Technician licensed by Alberta Transportation to inspect vehicles equipped with air brakes
      • submit a copy of Heavy Equipment Technician certificate and Vehicle Inspection Technician Licence
    • be an instructor employed by an educational institution recognized under the Post-secondary Learning Act licensed to  deliver the Air Brake Program
      • submit confirmation letter from employer

Candidates approved for air brake instructor training must successfully complete a training course offered exclusively by NAIT or SAIT.

PDIC and DDC instructors

Applicants must:

  • hold a valid Alberta Class 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 non-GDL driver’s licence
  • be an employee of an organization licensed by Alberta Transportation to deliver a Defensive Driving Course (DDC) or Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC)
  • meet at least one of the following requirements and submit appropriate documents as listed below:
    • have received PDIC/DDC instructor training from any organization authorized by Alberta Transportation to conduct this training
      • submit proof of having received training
    • hold a valid Alberta driving instructor’s licence:
      • be recommended by the senior driving instructor
      • have conducted at least 2 full courses under the supervision of a licensed DDC or PDIC instructor.
        • Submit a recommendation letter from the senior instructor of the driver training school including all the information in the above bullets as well as the instructor’s licence number.

S endorsement instructors

Applicants must:

  • hold a valid Alberta Class 1, 2 or 4 driver’s licence with a school bus S endorsement
  • be an employee of an organization licensed by Alberta Transportation to deliver the School Bus Driver Improvement Program
  • have no outstanding fines or account balances with Service Alberta
  • have a satisfactory driving record (as determined by the Registrar) for the 2 years before the date of the application
  • have fewer than 7 demerit points and no driver’s licence suspensions that expired within the 2 years before the date of the application
  • meet at least one of the following requirements and submit appropriate documents as listed below:
    • have a minimum of 3 years of experience as a school bus operator during the last 5 years:
      • submit a confirmation letter from employer(s)
    • be an administrator with experience in providing school bus operator training:
      • submit a confirmation letter from employer(s)
    • hold a valid Alberta Class 2 driver instructor’s licence
      • provide instructor licence number

Candidates approved to become School Bus Driver Improvement Program Instructors must successfully complete the Alberta Train the Trainer course offered exclusively by the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council.

Table 1. Vehicle types, licence requirements and instructor class

Vehicle Alberta driver’s licence required Instructor class
Tractor/Trailer Class 1 and Air Brake Program1 1
Bus Class 1 or 2 and Air Brake Program1 2 or 2-S
School bus Class 1 or 2 and S endorsement 2-S
Tandem Truck Class 1, 2 or 3  and Air Brake Program1 3
Car Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 5 2
Motorcycle Class 16, 26, 36, 46, 346 463
  1. A Notice of Driver Education Course Completion form (DPLS0047) or a Notice of Air Brake Program Completion form (DPLS0005) is proof of attending an Alberta Air Brake Course. A copy of an air brake certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction may qualify as well.
  2. You must have at least a Class 4 driver’s licence to instruct Class 5 driver training.
  3. If you have a Class 36 or 6 driver’s licence and want to instruct, you must also have an acceptable medical examination report on file with Alberta Transportation.

Resources

Alberta’s driver guides

Today’s Driving Manual and Today’s Motorcycle Workbook (Class 6 only) – available from licensed driver training schools or for purchase from C.A.E. Safety Consultants Inc.

Traffic Safety Act – available for purchase from Alberta Queen’s Printer Bookstore

Learning and Teaching Theory for Driver Training Instructors and the Driver Training School/Instructor Guide – available from licensed driver training schools

Contact

To connect with Driver Programs and Licensing Standards:

Edmonton office

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: trans.driver.prog@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Driver Programs and Licensing Standards
Alberta Transportation
1st Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T6B 2X3

Calgary office

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: trans.driver.prog@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Driver Programs and Licensing Standards
Alberta Transportation
1st Floor, Willowglen Business Park
803 Manning Road NE
Calgary, Alberta  T2E 7M8