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Legal, Education and Government Services

Driving Instructor

Driving instructors teach the knowledge and skills required to safely operate vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, transport trucks and buses.


MELT and Licensing Standards
Alberta Transportation
Phone: 780-427-8230
Toll-free within Alberta: 310-0000, then 780-427-8230


Calgary Office
1st Floor, Willowglen Business Park
803 Manning Road NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7M8

Edmonton Office
1st Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 - 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3


Under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act [pdf] and Driver Training and Driver Examination Regulation[pdf], driving instructors who teach people to drive must hold an instructor licence issued by the Government of Alberta and be employed by a driver training school. You cannot be both a driving instructor and a driver examiner.

What You Need

Applicants for driving instructor licences must:

  • Hold a Class 1, 2 or 4 Alberta driver’s licence that was not cancelled or suspended under the Criminal Code (Canada) in the last 5 years
  • Hold required Air Brake or School Bus endorsements, if instructing those items
  • Have fewer than 7 demerits on their current driving record, and no driver’s licence suspensions that expired in the last 2 years
  • Provide a criminal record check and vulnerable sector search that is no more than 90 days old done by an approved police agency
  • Have no outstanding fines or account balances with Service Alberta
  • Be affiliated with a licensed driving school
  • Pass an approved course or training provided by an Alberta licensed driver training school
  • Pay applicable fees and service charges
  • Pass knowledge and on-road driver training exams administered by the Government of Alberta

For detailed official information including requirements for Senior Driving Instructor status, visit the Government of Alberta website.

Working in Alberta

Driving instructors who are licensed by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for licensing in Alberta if instructors in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and Government of Alberta website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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