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Driver Education

Alberta Transportation strongly encourages new drivers to take a professional driver education training course. Classroom and practical, behind-the-wheel instruction is provided by qualified driver instructors. These instructors are authorized by Alberta Transportation under the Driver Training and Driver Examination Regulation. Professional driver education and training provides new drivers with the knowledge and skills necessary to become capable, proactive and responsible drivers throughout their driving careers.

Driver education consists of training for licence Classes 1 through 7. Within this there are programs designed specifically to assist primarily professional drivers. The Commercial Driver Training Programs provide education about air brakes, school buses, long combination vehicles, and driver improvement courses.

Effective Mar 1, 2019 drivers seeking to upgrade to a Class 1 or Class 2 licence will be required to take Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT).

For more information on MELT, click here.

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Driver Training Schools

A list of licensed driving training schools and instructions on how to choose a Class 5 driving school are provided below.

List of Licensed Driver Training Schools in Alberta  (pdf 138.00 KB)

 Choosing a Class 5 Driving School  (pdf 30.8 KB)  

Driving Instructors

If you have any questions about the status of a licensed or certified driving instructor in Alberta, please contact Alberta Transportation in the Edmonton area at 780-427-8901, in the Calgary area at 403 297-6679. For toll free service first call 310-0000 and then the number.

Air Brake Program

The Alberta Air Brake Program provides drivers with information on how to operate vehicles equipped with air brakes. It must be completed and the air brake “Q” endorsement added to your Alberta operator’s licence before operating vehicles equipped with air brakes. The program was introduced in 1990 and updated in 2012.

If you have an air brake Notice of Driver Education Completion form (TRANS or DPLS00047) and have not used it to apply the Q endorsement to your Alberta operator’s licence you must do so prior to July 10, 2012.  The information in the links below provides additional information on the transition between the old and updated program.

Air Brake Program - Frequently Asked Questions (pdf 21.1 KB)

Revised Alberta Air Brake Program (pdf 43.4 KB)