New technicians

How do I apply for an inspection technician licence?

All inspection technicians must complete a Technician Application available on our website at www.transportation.alberta.ca/viplicensing.htm.

What do I need to complete the online application?

All new applicants will need the following:

  • Email address
  • Motor Vehicle Identification Number (MVID)
  • Criminal record check, dated within the past 90 days
  • Journeyman certificate(s)
  • Vehicle Inspection Manual(s)
  • Credit card to complete the $250 payment

What is an MVID?

The Motor Vehicle Identification Number (MVID) is a 9-digit number found near the barcode on your Alberta Driver's Licence. If you do not have an Alberta Driver's Licence or are unable to locate your MVID, please contact one of our Vehicle Inspection Program Licensing Analysts at viplicensing@gov.ab.ca or call 780-427-8901, toll free within Alberta by first dialling 310-0000.

I get an error saying my MVID is "Not setup for online payments". What do I do?

Please contact a Vehicle Inspection Program Analyst at viplicensing@gov.ab.ca or call 780-427-8901, toll free within Alberta by first dialling 310-0000. We will require your full name, your MVID and/or your Alberta Driver's Licence Number.

Where do I send my criminal record check and journeyman certificates?

We no longer require original documents. Both the criminal record check and journeyman certificates can be scanned and emailed to viplicensing@gov.ab.ca or faxed to 780-989-7235. Please ensure the copies sent are legible; if we are unable to read them we will ask for the documents to be re-sent.

Renewing technicians

As a renewing inspection technician, do I still need to complete an application?

Yes, renewing inspection technicians need to complete an application before their licence can be renewed. Visit our website at www.transportation.alberta.ca/viplicensing.htm and complete a Technician Renewal Application.

As a renewing inspection technician, do I still need to get a criminal record check?

Yes, all renewing inspection technicians are required to submit a criminal record check, dated within the past 90 days, before their inspection licence can be renewed.

As a renewing inspection technician, do I still need to send in copies of my journeyman certificate(s)?

No, if you are a renewing inspection technician, we will have copies of your journeyman certificate(s) already on file. If we are unable to locate a copy of your journeyman certificate, a Vehicle Inspection Program Licensing Analyst will contact you for additional information.

I am a renewing inspection technician, but the Technician Renewal Application keeps saying "No Records Found" when I enter my information. What do I do?

Double check that you are entering your information correctly. The renewal application is attempting to access your technician file, so the information needs to match what Alberta Transportation has on file in order for it to be retrieved.

Helpful Tips:

  • The 'Find Technician' page wants either your Driver's Licence number or MVID, not both. Try leaving the Driver's Licence field blank and just use your MVID.
  • Make sure you are using the name on your technician licence. If the name on your technician licence is 'Michael', you cannot enter 'Mike'.
  • We may have an old email address (or no email address) on file. Try using an old email and see if that works. (Email addresses can always be changed when you complete the application.) If we did not have an email address on file for you, try entering XXX@YYY.ZZZ in the email field.

If you continue to have problems, you can either complete a New Technician Application instead (we will ensure you keep your technician number) or you can contact a Vehicle Inspection Program Licensing Analyst at viplicensing@gov.ab.ca or call 780-427-8901, toll free within Alberta by first dialling 310-0000.

Technician manuals

What is the purpose of the Vehicle Inspection Manuals?

The purpose of the Vehicle Inspections Manuals is to provide technicians with one-source guidance with respect to the regulatory requirements of the Vehicle Inspection Regulation, the manner in which to conduct a vehicle inspection and to issue a vehicle inspection certificate and record of inspection.

A technician who fails to comply with the Vehicle Inspection Manuals may be subject to sanctions up to the suspension or revocation of the technician licence.

How do I know which manual I need to be using?

Which manual you use depends on the type of inspection you are completing:

  • Commercial Vehicle Inspection Manual: All commercial inspections must be completed following this manual.
  • Automotive & Light Truck Vehicle Inspection Manual: This manual is followed when completing Out of Province and/or Salvage vehicle inspections.
  • Motorcycle Inspection Manual: This manual is used when completing either an Out of Province or Salvage inspection on a motorcycle or tricycle.

Where do I find the Vehicle Inspection Manuals?

All of the inspection technician Vehicle Inspection Manuals are available for download free from our website at www.transportation.alberta.ca/vipmanuals. Technicians can either print out a copy of the manual or save an electronic copy.

NOTE - Technicians must be able to prove to a Vehicle Safety Investigator how they can access the appropriate Vehicle Inspection Manual while they complete an inspection.

Can I purchase a printed copy of the Vehicle Inspection Manuals?

Yes, printed copies are available for purchase from Riley's Reproductions and Printing Ltd. Please visit Riley's website to view the purchase price of each manual and download an order form: http://www.rileys.com/.

Journeymen qualifications

What types of journeyman certificates will allow me to complete vehicle inspections?

Alberta Transportation works with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to determine what journeyman qualifications are acceptable when completing particular inspections.

Below is a general guideline on the program/vehicle types and the journeyman qualifications required:

  • Auto Body Technician: Salvage inspections (structural portion) only.
  • Automotive Service Technician: Commercial and Out of Province inspections on most vehicle types; cannot inspect vehicles with air brakes.
  • Heavy Equipment Technician: Commercial and Out of Province inspections on most vehicles types; cannot complete Out of Province inspections for automotive vehicle type.
  • Transport Trailer Mechanic: Commercial inspections on trailers only.
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic: Commercial and Out of Province inspections on most vehicles types; cannot complete Out of Province inspections for automotive vehicle type.
  • Motorcycle Mechanic: Out of Province and Salvage inspections on motorcycles only.

Do I need to have the actual journeyman certificate? Can I just provide my marks indicating I've completed training?

Alberta Transportation will require a copy of the actual journeyman certificate. Letters of completion or transcripts will not be accepted.

I'm in the Heavy Equipment program and heard I can complete inspections on trailers once I have completed my first year. Is this true?

Yes, once you have successfully completed the first year of the Heavy Equipment program plus 3300 hours on the job training, you can apply for a commercial inspection licence to inspect trailers.

Instead of the journeyman certificate, we require a letter from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training indicating you have met the previously mentioned qualifications. Once you have completed the online Technician Application Form, please contact your local Apprenticeship Office to have them forward your qualifications. Contact information for Alberta Apprenticeship can be found online by clicking here.

My journeyman certificates are from outside Alberta, will they be accepted?

Yes, as long as it is listed by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training as being a recognized credential. Please visit tradesecrets.alberta.ca to view their list of recognized credentials. If your journeyman certificate is not listed, please contact your local Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

Criminal Record Checks

How do I obtain a criminal record check?

A criminal record check can be obtained from the RCMP or local law enforcement or through an online service called Sterling BackCheck. NOTE – If you are obtaining a criminal record check through Sterling BackCheck, please ensure you "share" your results with Alberta Transportation.

How much does a criminal record check cost?

Criminal record checks obtained through the RCMP or local law enforcement have no set price and can vary throughout the province. Alberta Transportation has a set cost of $29.50 for criminal record checks obtained through Sterling BackCheck. NOTE – Please ensure you use the appropriate links for Sterling BackCheck:

I used a different online provider instead of Sterling BackCheck, can I submit those results instead?

No, Alberta Transportation has third party access to Sterling BackCheck's criminal record check results that allow us to verify the validity of the criminal record check. We do not have this access with any other provider and cannot accept criminal record checks from any other online provider.

My criminal record check says it's "Not Clear", "Positive" or a "Possible Match". What do I do now?

If a criminal record check has anything other than "Clear" or "Negative", Alberta Transportation will require a detailed list of all criminal convictions on the technician's record. This detailed list can only be obtained from the RCMP or local law enforcement. Fingerprints will likely be taken and sent away for verification. This process can take a number of weeks to complete; however, a technician licence will not be issued until the details of the criminal record have been received and reviewed.

I have a criminal record check from a previous employer that was completed last year. Can I use that?

No, Alberta Transportation requires a criminal record check dated within the past 90 days. If a technician has a criminal record check that is older than 90 days they will be asked to obtain a new one.

I have a criminal conviction(s), does that mean I won't be able to get an inspection technician licence?

Not necessarily. Alberta Transportation reviews all criminal convictions within the past 10 years. If there are criminal convictions older than 10 years, they will be reviewed but not affect the technician's ability to obtain an inspection technician licence.

Certain criminal convictions that have occurred within the past 10 years may affect a technician's ability to obtain an inspection technician licence. These convictions may include, but are not limited to, assault, theft, fraud, failure to comply, and mischief. If a criminal record check is submitted with these types of convictions, additional information will be obtained from the technician regarding the charges before a decision is made about whether or not an inspection technician licence can be issued.

If you have questions about specific convictions or charges, please email the Manager of the Vehicle Inspection Program at viplicensing@gov.ab.ca or call 780-427-8901, toll free within Alberta by first dialing 310-0000.