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Certification Overview

 


The NAPT Professional Certification Program was established in 1989 to recognize the achievements and expertise of individuals in various administrative and support positions within the pupil transportation field. Administrative, supervisory and support personnel involved in pupil transportation are eligible for professional certification. Certification is based on an individual's career experience, education, expertise, and achievement in the field of pupil transportation.

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Certification Types

Certified Pupil Transportation Specialist

Certified Supervisor of Pupil Transportation

Certified Director of Pupil Transportation

Certified Pupil Transportation Driving Instructor

Endorsement Types

Special Needs Endorsement

Overview


The track for each professional development level requires a specific number of training hours. These hours are comprised of both core and elective classes.

The Director of Transportation syllabus requires a total of 92 hours of training that is comprised of 60 hours of core courses and additional 32 hours of skill enhancement electives. The Transportation Supervisor syllabus requires a total of 60 hours of training and additional skill enhancement electives. Supervisory training can be specialized in each of the following areas:
* Operations
* Vehicle Maintenance
* Safety and Training
* Special Education

The Transportation Specialist syllabus requires a total of 20 hours of training and additional skill enhancement electives. Specialist training can be specific to each of the following areas:
* Routing
* Safety and Training
* Dispatch
* Vehicle Maintenace
* Special Education

Transportation Director

Certification as a Director of Pupil Transportation is available to those individuals who are qualified to serve as the top administrator of a pupil transportation system. To qualify for this certification, applicants must demonstrate that they are capable of handling a position that involves establishing programs and policies, setting standards, developing materials, and providing leadership to achieve designated goals. Applicants for this certification must have at least five years experience in a pupil transportation position of responsibility commensurate with the category of certification.


Specific certification requirements are:

  • Attendance at two (2) NAPT Annual Conferences
  • Presentation at national or state meetings, or accepted project/published article
  • Completion of NAPT Certification Standards, including the written exam (which includes a $50 exam fee)
  • Continuous annual membership in NAPT

Educational Track:

The following courses have been identified as core course work for the Transportation Director and are required. In addition to the core courses, professional skill enhancement electives have been identified to accompany the training program for the Director. Plus three electives.

Core Classes (Mandatory)
101 Student Transportation Orientation (8 hours)
201 Business Writing
202 Presentation Skills
205 Managing the Media or 208Parent, Administrator, Board & Public Outreach
  * must take one of 205 or 208
301 Basic School Transportation Accounting
302 Budget Development I
304 Data Driven Decision-Making
401 Managing Human Resources I
402 Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations
501 Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program I
503 School Bus Specifications
604 Transportation Program Planning or 704 Strategic Planning for Transportation Departments
606 Emergency Planning & Risk Management (8 hours)
701 Intro to Leadership & Management or 702 Personal Skills for Managers or 703 Personal Skills-Time Management
 * must take one of 701, 702 or 703
SNT 101 Special Needs Student Transportation Orientation
902 Crisis Communication

Recommended
203 Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals
204 Team Communication Strategies
303 Procurement & Budget Management
403 Labor Contract Negotiations & Management
404 Human Resources Critical Issues
502 Advanced Shop Maintenance (501 is a pre-requisite)
505 School Facility Planning
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Public School Transportation
608 Developing A Safety Program
609 Accident Investigation (8 hours)
901 School Transportation Security Assessment

Transportation Supervisor

Training for Supervisor of Transportation has been developed for individuals who function at the highest technical level of the pupil transportation system. A Supervisor of Transportation must have the ability to carry out policy and program directives. Supervisors are expected to administer programs, provide leadership, and engage in the development of materials within limitations established by their management.

A Transportation Supervisor candidate must complete 60 hours of training. The following courses have been identified as required course work for the Transportation Supervisor in three areas of specialty. In addition to the required courses, professional skill enhancement electives are available for members on the Supervisor track.

Specific certification requirements are:

  • Four professional references, one being from a direct supervisor
  • Completion of NAPT Certification Standards (NAPT Certification Application), including the written exam (which is a $50 fee)
  • Continuous annual membership in NAPT

All Supervisor concentrations require the same core classes:

101 Student Transportation Orientation
201 Business Writing
208 Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
401 Managing Human Resources I
402 Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations
606 Emergency Planning & Risk Management
701 Introduction to Leadership & Management OR 702 Personal Skills for Managers OR 703 Personal Skills: Time Management
902 Crisis Communication

 

Each different concentration requires additional specialized coursework.

Operations Supervisor

Safety & Training Supervisor

Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor

Special Education Supervisor

One of these three:
202 Presentation Skills
203 Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals or
204 Team Communication Strategies

One of these three:
202 Presentation Skills
203 Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals or
204 Team Communication Strategies
Two of these three:
202 Presentation Skills
203 Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals or
204 Team Communication Strategies
Two of these three:
202 Presentation Skills
203 Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals or
204 Team Communication Strategies
302 Budget Development
405 Student Needs & Management
601 School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
602 School Bus Routing & Schedulng II
405 Student Needs & Management
505 School Facility Planning
609 - Accident Investigation
502 Advanced Shop Maintenance
503 School Bus Specifications
505 School Facility Planning
609 - Accident Investigation
405 Student Needs & Management
SNT 101 Special Needs Student Transportation Orientation
SNT 102 NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses
SNT 105 Managing Special Needs Students Behaviors: Transportation Challenges

Supervisor - Operations

Recommended
202 Presentation Skills
301 Basic School Transportation Accounting
401 Human Resouces Management I
404 Human Resouces Critical Issues
505 School Facility Planning
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Pupil Transportation

Supervisor - Safety & Training

Recommended
202 Presentation Skills
301 Basic School Transportation Accounting
401 Human Resouces Management I
404 Human Resouces Critical Issues
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Pupil Transportation

Supervisor - Vehicle Maintenance

Recommended
202 Presentation Skills
301 Basic School Transportation Accounting
401 Human Resouces Management I
404 Human Resources Critical Issues
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Pupil Transportation

Supervisor - Special Education

Recommended
202 Presentation Skills
301 Basic School Transportation Accounting
401 Human Resouces Management I
404 Human Resouces Critical Issues
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Pupil Transportation

 

Transportation Specialist


Training for Pupil Transportation Specialist was developed for individuals who perform as a paraprofessional in the pupil transportation industry. A Specialist must demonstrate the ability to carry out responsibilities at the middle management level.

A Transportation Specialist candidate must complete 20 hours of training. The following courses have been identified as the required course work for the Transportation Specialist. In addition to the core courses, professional skill enhancement electives have been identified to accompany the training program for the Specialist.

Specific certification requirements are:

  • Four professional references, one being from a direct supervisor
  • Completion of NAPT Certification Standards (NAPT Certification Application), including the written exam (which is a $50 fee)
  • Continuous annual membership in NAPT

Specialist - Routing

Core 20 hours (Mandatory)
101 Student Transportation Orientation
601 School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
602 School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
701 Intro to Leadership & Management or 702 Personal Skills for Managers or 703 Personal Skills-Time Management
 * must take one of 701, 702 or 703

Recommended
202 Presentation Skills
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Public School Transportation

Specialist - Dispatch

Core 20 hours (Mandatory)
101 Student Transportation Orientation
405 Student Needs & Management
601 School Bus Routing & Scheduling
701 Intro to Leadership & Management or 702 Personal Skills for Managers or 703 Personal Skills-Time Management
 * must take one of 701, 702 or 703

Recommended
202 Presentation Skills
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Public School Transportation

Specialist - Vehicle Maintenance

Core 20 hours (Mandatory)
101 Student Transportation Orientation
202 Presentation Skills or 203 Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals
502 Advanced Shop Maintenance (501 is a pre-requisite)
701 Intro to Leadership & Management or 702 Personal Skills for Managers or 703 Personal Skills-Time Management
 * must take one of 701, 702 or 703

Recommended
202 Presentation Skills
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Public School Transportation

Specialist - Safety & Training

Core 20 hours (Mandatory)
101 Student Transportation Orientation
202 Presentation Skills or 203 Communication Skills for Transportation Professionals
405 Student Needs & Management or 608 Developing a Safety Program
701 Intro to Leadership & Management or 702 Personal Skills for Managers or 703 Personal Skills-Time Management
 * must take one of 701, 702 or 703

Recommended
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Public School Transportation

Specialist - Special Education

Core 20 hours (Mandatory)
101 Student Transportation Orientation
701 Intro to Leadership & Management or 702 Personal Skills for Managers or 703 Personal Skills-Time Management
 * must take one of 701, 702 or 703
801 Special Education Transportation: Policy and Procedure
802 Special Education Transportation: Operations

Recommended
202 Presentation Skills
607 Legal & Regulatory Fundamentals in Public School Transportation

Pupil Transportation Driver Instructor

Certification as a Pupil Transportation Driver Instructor is available to those individuals who qualify as driver instructor specialists in the field of pupil transportation. To qualify for this certification, applicants must demonstrate abilities as a driver instructor in both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction and have at least three years experience in a pupil transportation driver instructor's position with responsibility commensurate with the category of certification.

Specific certification requirements are:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Three (3) years experience as a driver instructor
  • Certificate of Completion indicating twenty (20) hours contact time from an NAPT-approved driver instructor workshop
  • Appropriate licensing as a school bus driver by licensing authority in the applicants state of residence
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct both classroom and behind-the-wheel training programs
  • Completion of NAPT certification standards, including the written exam
  • Continuous annual membership in NAPT

Special Needs Endorsement

We are pleased to offer a new addition to the NAPT Professional Training Program – a certificate of Special Needs Transportation Training(SNT). The program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.

The Special Needs Transportation Training can be completed as a stand-alone certificate program or used to its highest impact as an endorsement to one of the existing NAPT professional certifications, similar in concept to the endorsements offered by the federal government’s commercial driver licensing (CDL) program.

The curriculum has a core of six (6) learning experiences, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services that have been specifically designed with a focus on transporting students with disabilities.  The core curriculum is supplemented by completion of two (2) courses of instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series.  All courses will be available in a variety of locations throughout the year and are now available online at www.napt.org/online

NAPT membership is required for participation in SNT Program (upon completion). A non-refundable, one-time program fee of $25 will be assessed.

Program Elements

2014 TSD SNT Registration Form

Special Needs Endorsement Application

Special Needs Program Brochure

2013 NSNTSR Test

2013 NSNTSR Contestants’ Packet



- Pre-approval is required for ALL non-NAPT-sponsored events. If you wish to participate in an event for SNT credit at a non-NAPT sponsored event, please contact NAPT at 800-989-NAPT (6278) at least thirty (30) days prior to the event.

 












     
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