Recruiting process

There's a seven-step process to becoming a transport officer recruit.

1 Resume review

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

2 Entrance exam

If you meet the screening criteria, we will 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, but you must cover the cost of attending the entrance exam.

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

403-340-5225 (Superintendent Kathy Golem)

3 Interview

We contact you for an interview that's no more than one hour. As well, we will send you a package that you must complete and then bring to the interview.

For the interview, you need to bring the following:

  • original of valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s licence or equivalent
  • current driver's abstract
  • current criminal records check
  • 3 supervisory references from your last or current employers

The interview panel is made up of a superintendent and possibly an inspector and/or sergeant.

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

Note: In-person interviews are required. You must cover the cost of attending the interview. If you haven't completed the PARE test at the time of your interview, you may send in the PARE Consent and Test Record form after you've completed the test.

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 will accept a successful PARE test from the province you live in that's been completed in the last 3 months

PARE test centres

5 Psychological test

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

6 References and academic verification

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

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