DID YOU KNOW?
The first Monday in May is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day!
The CPTC occurs bi-annually and includes transportation supervisors & owners from all across Canada!
ASTAC runs a Train the Trainer program for the S Endorsement Course in Alberta!
ASTAC runs a School Bus Poster Contest for grades K - 6 each year!
S Endorsement Program. ASTAC does not provide the S Endorsement Course at this time.
If you are looking for someone to teach the S Endorsement to your drivers please check with your local driving schools.
Looking for someone to teach your driver the Class 2 or 2S MELT?
Here is the Alberta Transportation link to see all providers:
S Endorsement Train the Trainers Program
ASTAC has 2 Train the Trainers for the S Endorsement Program.
Christine Van Neck and Kelly Frere
TO BECOME AN ‘S’ ENDORSEMENT INSTRUCTOR FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM AND FORWARD TO EITHER THE CALGARY OR EDMONTON LOCATION FOR ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION.
Once the applications are approved they will be sent to ASTAC to set up the course with either Christine or Kelly. The cost is $800 and the course is approximately 4 days. Maximum number of people in one course is 5.
copy and paste this link for an application form to become an S Endorsement Instructor:
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: Kelly Frere (Central Alberta) and Christine Van neck (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 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