S Endorsement Program
ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION IS CURRENTLY REVIEWING THE AUDIT PROCEDURES AND COURSE INSTRUCTORS FOR THE ‘S’ ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM.
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.
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.
S Endorsement Instructor’s Course Application REG 3190 Application for Instructor Status (3)
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