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NAPT Professional Certification Program

The questions and answers below are intended to provide information concerning the National Association for pupil Transportation and its Professional Certification Program.

What is the National Association for Pupil Transportation?

The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is an organization that recognizes the importance of pupil transportation to an effective educational program and is committed to the continued improvement of all aspects of this specialized educational service. The objectives of NAPT are:

  • To promote and provide leadership for the improvement and advancement of pupil transportation
  • To work particularly for the improvement of the safety, efficiency, and economy of pupil transportation
  • To serve as representative for all who participate in pupil transportation
  • To serve as an agency for the collection and dissemination of information and to provide a newsletter, conferences, research and other services that promote NAPT objectives

    Who may become a member of NAPT?

    Any person, non-profit organization, or commercial firm with a direct interest in pupil transportation may become a member of NAPT. There are two types of membership, as follows:

    Individual Member - Any person shall be eligible for Individual Membership in one of the following categories:

  • Active - an individual member who is interested in, engaged in or associated with any phase of pupil transportation. (voting member)
  • Retired - any person who has paid annual dues for at least five consecutive years and is no longer principally engaged in the administration or supervision of pupil transportation. (non-voting member)
  • Honorary - any person who has contributed meritorious service to pupil transportation. Eligibility for Honorary Member Status shall be based upon nomination by majority vote of the appropriate standing committee and confirmation by majority vote of the Board of Directors present at any regular or special meeting of the Association. (non-voting)

    Business Partner

    Please visit this page for more information on business partner memembership.

    What is the NAPT Professional Certification Program?

    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.

    Who may become certified?

    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.

    What types of certification are available?

    There are four types of professional certification which are structured according to job responsibilities. Certification categories are: Certified Director of Pupil Transportation, Certified Supervisor of Pupil Transportation, Certified Pupil Transportation Specialist, and Certified Pupil Transportation Driver Instructor.

    How does one apply for certification?

    An Application for Professional Certification is included in the certification booklet available through NAPT Headquarters. The application must be submitted along with documentation supporting educational background and expertise in the selected certification category.

    What are the educational requirements?

    Each category has its own educational qualifications. The combination of education, training, and experience differentiates the types of certification.

    What is meant by "expertise"?

    Expertise is the effective application of knowledge and skill in the performance of a job. NAPT requires evidence of job-related duties, accomplishments, activities and projects within the sphere of employment that shows a progression of knowledge, skill and responsibility in the appropriate certification category.

    What documentation is required?

    Each category of certification requires copies of certificates, diplomas, awards, references, verification of memberships, and an application reflecting achievements by the candidate. All documentation must be submitted as described in the instructions in the application booklet.

    Is there a fee?

    The current fee for certification is $50.00 (U.S. funds) for members of NAPT. Non-members must pay a fee of $125.00 (U.S. funds), which includes the membership fee for NAPT. The certification fee is used for processing and is non-refundable.

    What happens to the application for certification?

    The application is reviewed to ensure that all required documentation has been submitted and contains evidence of knowledge, skill, proficiency, and responsibility in the appropriate professional category. The review and evaluation of the application and related materials is completed within two months of the date the application is received.

    Are there any tests to be taken for certification?

    Candidates must pass a written examination. Examination questions are based on content from NAPT-approved workshops, government regulations and reference materials. Examination times and locations are arranged on an individually convenient basis. A candidate must take an exam within nine months of the time he/she is approved to take the exam or the candidate must re-apply entirely.

    What reference materials may be studied in preparation for the examination?

    Recommended publications are:

  • National Standards for School Buses and School Bus Operations (2005): Available from the Missouri Safety Center, CMSU, Humphreys Suite 201, Warrensburg, MO 64093, Phone (660) 543-4830
  • Highway Safety Program Guideline 17 (latest edition): Available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, US Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20590, www.nhtsa.gov, Phone (202) 366-4301
  • Improving School Bus Safety – Special Report 222 (1989): Available from the Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20418, www.trb.org, Phone (202) 334-2972
  • Model Driver's manual for Commercial Vehicle Driver Licensing (1989): Available from each state's Motor Vehicle Administration

    Are there any requirements for maintaining certification?

    The only requirement for maintaining certification is continuous membership in NAPT. There is no formal continuing education requirement. The NAPT Board of Directors, however, has reserved the right to implement continuing education requirements that will/may effect any/all certification category. Consequently, certified professionals should continue professional growth education.

    Does an individual receive any recognition for becoming certified?

    Certified individuals are entitled to use a professional designation that recognizes their accomplishment. This unique professional status will also be shared with the membership of NAPT and with prospective employers when requested by the certified member.

    In addition, the certified member's name, certification status, and pertinent data will be included in the Register of Certified Pupil Transportation Personnel which will be available upon request to individuals responsible for recruiting professional talent in the public transportation field.

    What does certification mean?

    Professional certification provides personal satisfaction for attaining a recognized level of achievement within one's profession. It means commitment to the requirements of the job and participation in additional training to exemplify the dedication to do the best possible job in the pupil transportation field.

    Certification means success.

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