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Transport Officer

Transport officers provide information, interpret legislation and enforce commercial vehicle standards and regulations in order to protect Alberta’s highway infrastructure and ensure the safety of highway users.

  • Avg. Salary $81,525.00
  • Avg. Wage $42.12
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Commercial Vehicle Inspector

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Commercial Transport Inspectors (6463.3) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Bylaw Enforcement and Other Regulatory Officers, n.e.c. (G623) 
  • 2011 NOC: By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. (4423) 
  • 2016 NOC: By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. (4423) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Transport Officer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Commercial Transport Inspectors

Interest in compiling information to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure compliance with regulations governing load restrictions, the transportation of hazardous materials and public safety


Interest in speaking with transport drivers and companies to advise on standards and adherence to regulations


Interest in operating equipment to conduct inspections of commercial vehicles

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2017

A transport officer is responsible for enforcing various provincial and federal acts and regulations governing commercial vehicles, as well as ensuring compliance with National Safety Code requirements and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance standards. These acts and regulations enforce such issues as load restrictions, the transportation of hazardous materials and public safety.

Transport officers operate both permanent and portable weigh scales and conduct mobile patrols.

Transport officers typically perform some or all of the following duties:

  • study and maintain current in-depth familiarity with applicable provincial and federal regulations and commercial vehicle standards
  • inspect commercial vehicles and their loads for safety and mechanical fitness
  • patrol highways
  • operate permanent and portable weigh scales
  • explain regulations, requirements, legislation, standards and codes to commercial vehicle carriers and drivers to ensure compliance
  • deliver seminars to stakeholders
  • promote active working relationships with other government agencies
  • issue enforcement documents for violations.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Transport officers work shifts to provide service year-round, 24 hours per day. A transport officer may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays. However, work/life balance is treated as a high priority within this occupation.

A career as a transport officer involves some physical work during mechanical inspections, including lifting, pushing or pulling up to 20 kg.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Transport officers need:

  • health and physical fitness
  • good moral character
  • discretion
  • attention to detail
  • interpersonal skills
  • oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • the ability to think logically and critically and solve problems
  • the ability to react quickly and with good judgment
  • the ability to defuse confrontational situations and be diplomatic.

They should enjoy having established policies and procedures to guide their work, enforcing regulations and working with people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Transport officers require ONE of the following qualifications:

  • a relevant 2-year post-secondary diploma, or
  • a high school diploma with recent related law enforcement experience, or
  • trades journeyman certification.

Also, transport officers are expected to:

  • have current CPR and standard first aid training
  • hold a valid class 5 operator’s licence
  • complete a Physical Abilities Readiness Evaluation (PARE) test
  • take a psychological exam
  • be eligible for peace officer status.

For more information about the requirements, visit the Government of Alberta website.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Lethbridge College

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2017

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Transport officers work for the Government of Alberta through the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch. Competitions for transport officer positions are held on an as-needed basis.

Transport officers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4423: By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. In Alberta, 81% of people employed in this classification work in the Public Administration [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Public Administration industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2017
By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c.

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
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Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $19.86 $42.69 $35.17 $37.51
Overall $24.04 $51.78 $42.12 $42.40
Top $28.85 $57.93 $45.50 $46.96

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Social, Community and Protective Services
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2017

Government of Alberta website, transport officers career:

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Updated Mar 31, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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