Overview

Transport officers are dedicated to promoting safe and resilient communities across the province. Through its officers, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch helps make Alberta’s highways safer.

Transport officers’ duties include monitoring:

  • commercial vehicles:
    • weight – measured with stationary or portable scales
    • mechanical fitness
  • driver fitness

Contact the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch

Branch resources

What's in it for you

Many people from across Canada and around the world choose to live and work in Alberta each year. Alberta's stable economy and innovative business spirit make it an ideal place to work.

As a transport officer, you get:

  • a rewarding career with a unique and professional law enforcement team
  • a pension, excellent benefits and job security
  • province-wide career opportunities
  • the use of innovative technology
  • a rewarding, challenging and dynamic work environment
  • paid training opportunities
  • promotion opportunities

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Keeping you and your family safe on Alberta's highways

Job descriptions

Duties

Your days are unique, often exciting and always meaningful. You’ll help ensure unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers are taken off the province’s roads.

Promote highway safety

  • conduct safety inspections – as a certified North American Standard Level I inspector – on commercial vehicles including buses, drivers and dangerous goods
  • ensure compliance with both National Safety Code and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance standards
  • perform compliance checks alongside other law enforcement agencies
  • protect Alberta's infrastructure
  • conduct investigations
  • testify in court

Provide education and public outreach

  • deliver seminars to a wide array of clients
  • promote collaboration with other agencies
  • participate in community events and charities

Additional opportunities

  • work with recruits as a field training officer
  • participate in specialized assignments such as instructing and committees

Job requirements

Qualifications

  • 2-year post-secondary diploma
    OR
  • high school diploma with recent related law enforcement experience
    OR
  • journeyman certification

Requirements

  • Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or eligibility to work in Canada
  • minimum of a full, non-GDL Alberta Class 5 driver's licence
  • current 5-year driver's abstract
  • current standard first aid (Level C) and CPR certification
  • current and clear criminal records check
  • proof of successful completion of the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test – in 4 minutes 45 seconds or less in the last 3 months
  • eligible for appointment as a peace officer under the Peace Officer Act

Skills and abilities

  • high degree of integrity and maturity
  • sound judgment and common sense
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • ability to function effectively as part of a team
  • confident problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • strong leadership and role model abilities
  • ability to function effectively in a potentially hostile work environment
  • basic computer proficiency and keyboard skills
  • ability to accommodate shift work, including weekends and holidays

Recruiting process

There's a 7-step process to becoming a transport officer recruit:

Step 1. Resume review

Once you've submitted your resume and requested documents through the Alberta Public Service jobs website, we review them to ensure you meet – or will soon meet – the transport officer requirements.

Step 2. Entrance exam

If you meet the screening criteria, we'll invite you to write an entrance exam and send you an information package that outlines the exam process.

The in-person entrance exam will:

  • last no more than one hour
  • be held at a designated location and time

There's no entrance exam fee. However, you must cover the cost of attending the entrance exam, which will be held in Alberta.

If you’ve been invited to write the exam and need further information, contact:

Superintendent Dave Tippe
Phone: 403-652-8359
Email: cverecruit@gov.ab.ca

Step 3. Interview

If you pass the entrance exam, we'll contact you for an interview that's no more than one hour. As well, we'll send you a package that you must complete and bring to the interview.

For the interview, you also need to bring the following:

  • minimum of a full, non-GDL Alberta Class 5 driver's licence
  • current 5-year driver's abstract
  • current criminal records check, including a vulnerable sector check
  • 3 references

You must be willing to work in one of several locations. Be ready to discuss which locations you prefer.

In-person interviews are required. You must cover the cost of attending the interview, which will be held in Alberta. If you haven't completed the PARE test at the time of your interview, it must already be booked.

Step 4. PARE test and medical clearance

  • The Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test is designed to evaluate your level of physical fitness to ensure you're able to perform the duties of a transport officer. You must cover the cost of this test
  • You must provide proof of successful completion of the PARE test – in 4 minutes 45 seconds or less – in the last 3 months.
  • To certify your general health, medical consent is required from a physician before you will be permitted to participate in the PARE test.
  • For your scheduled PARE test, you must bring – (1) Medical Consent form that’s fully filled out and signed by a physician; (2) Consent and Test Record form.
  • If you live outside Alberta, we'll accept a successful PARE test from the province you live in that's been completed in the last 3 months.

PARE test centres

PARE Medical Consent form (PDF, 163 KB)

PARE Consent and Test Record form (PDF, 162 KB)

Step 5. Psychological test

You're required to take a pre-employment psychological assessment, arranged by and paid for by the ministry.

Step 6. References and academic verification

After your interview and testing, we'll:

  • check all your references
  • verify your academic credentials
  • determine your eligibility for a peace officer appointment

Step 7. Offer of employment

  • this allows you to begin training as a recruit
  • your offer letter includes the start date of your training class, location of your employment and starting salary

Training

The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Program is paid, challenging and comprehensive. It’s designed especially for you, the new recruit.

The program runs for 14 weeks at Lethbridge College in Alberta. It delivers a structured learning environment and is led by Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch and Lethbridge College instructors.

The program prepares you for the field and instills the confidence and professionalism you need to become an excellent transport officer.

Classroom and field experience

Our instructors guide your professional development – in the classroom and field – through these subjects:

  • transport law
  • officer safety
  • verbal judo (tactical communications)
  • computer applications
  • hours of service
  • technical report writing
  • human relations
  • transport legislation
  • dangerous goods
  • weights and dimensions
  • licensing
  • cargo securement
  • practical scenarios
  • physical training / PARE testing
  • drill

During this training program, recruits are required to successfully complete the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test.

Advanced testing

After recruit training, you’re required to complete advanced courses in:

  • vehicle inspection – North American Standard Inspection (NASI) Level 1
  • emergency vehicle operations

On-the-job training

After you successfully complete the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Training Program, you're placed in field training for at least 3 months. During this time you’ll further enhance your skills and knowledge.

Apply now

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Alberta transport officer.

Our most recent competition has closed.

Check back here soon for our next competition.

Resources

Safety bulletin: Excessive build-up of snow and ice on commercial vehicles

Summary of Investigative Complaints

Contact

To connect with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-340-5225
Fax: 403-340-5074

Address:
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
#401, 4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8

Commercial vehicle inspection stations and branch offices

Complaints

If you have concerns about the actions or conduct of a transport officer, you can file a complaint against them.

Compliments

To commend our branch or one of our employees, contact one of our commercial vehicle inspection stations or branch offices.

Organization chart

To obtain a copy of our branch’s organization chart, contact one of our commercial vehicle inspection stations or branch offices.