Overview

In Alberta:

  • all driver training schools and driving instructors that charge a fee have always had to be licensed through the Government of Alberta, and
  • all organizations that provide driver training for driver’s licence endorsements and demerit point reductions have always had to be certified through the Government of Alberta

Effective March 1, 2019, all driver training providers, including those that do not charge a fee and all driving instructors (including senior driving instructors), must be licensed through Driver Programs and Licensing Standards to operate.

This new requirement will ensure consistency and a high quality of professional driver education in Alberta.

Changes

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.

Who is affected

Effective March 1, 2019, the following driver training providers must apply for a new licence to operate:

  • post-secondary institutions that provide driver’s licence training for a fee
  • organizations that provide professional driver’s licence or endorsement training to their employees at no charge
  • organizations such as carriers and bus companies that provide driver’s licence or endorsement training for a fee
  • school boards and school divisions
  • government agencies
  • driver training providers that provide Class 1 and 2 and S endorsement training that are currently licensed or certified through the Government of Alberta
  • driving instructors that provide Class 1 and 2 and S endorsement training that are currently licensed or certified through the Government of Alberta

Contact

To connect with Driver Programs and Licensing Standards:

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