S Endorsement Program.  ASTAC does not provide the S Endorsement Course at this time.

If you are looking for someone to provide the S Endorsement to your drivers prior to March 1, 2019 and you are not a School Division , please check with your local driving schools.

Our instructors are for Training the Trainers of the program and not for the course itself.



TO BECOME AN ‘S’ ENDORSEMENT INSTRUCTOR FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM AND FORWARD TO EITHER THE CALGARY OR EDMONTON LOCATION FOR ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION.  The course will be set up by the ASTAC group and the instructor will contact you to determine when the next course will be held.  The cost is $800 and the course is approximately 4 days.  Maximum number of people in one course is 4.

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School Bus Operators Manual – S Endorsement: This Endorsement Program for school bus drivers is administrated by ASTAC and created by Alberta Transportation in conjunction with industry personnel.  It is a 16 – 20 hour program containing 5 series.  The program is not currently available in digital format but will be soon.

Series 1:  Pre-Trip Inspection, On the Road, General Maintenance Tasks

Series 2:  Loading, Unloading & Transporting Passengers.  Passenger Management

Series 3:  Bus Manoeuvres & Defensive Driving

Series 4:  Emergencies, bus Evacuations, First Aid, Emergency Equipment and Mechanical Breakdown

Series 5:  Passengers with Disabilities, Mobility Aids and Child Safety Seats

Each series must be instructed in a classroom setting with some practical teaching.  After each series there is knowledge testing.

Check out the Alberta Transportation website for more information:  www.transportation.alberta.ca 


Train the Trainer Program:

ASTAC has 2 trainers in the Province: Wayne Stade (Central Alberta) and Garry McRae (Northern Alberta).  The trainers operate a four day program training instructors on the S Endorsement program.

Applicants must fill out this form and submit to Alberta Transportation in Edmonton in order to be approved to take the instructors’ course.




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S Refresher information.

The S Endorsement refresher program is not mandatory, however continuous safety training and documentation of such is important and necessary.  The National Safety Code is very specific on these items.  For information on National Safety Code, go to:  http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/3.htm