Transportation Director (CTD)

Established in 1998, the MSBO Voluntary Certification Program supports the ongoing professional development of school business officials. The program is a mark of distinction that reflects professional achievement and demonstrates a person’s dedication to his/her profession.

MSBO’s Certification Program Benefits:

  • Provides access to information needed to succeed in your job
  • Offers practical overviews of key areas of law, regulations and practices
  • Identifies resources for in-depth and additional information that may be utilized at a later time
  • Assures a quality curriculum is developed and monitored by the MSBO Professional Development Committee
  • Uses experienced practitioners to teach classes
  • Offers seminars at regular intervals and reasonable prices
  • Uses adult learning principles and provides a learning environment where colleagues can share experiences and information


Contact Courtney Byam at 517.327.5937;
or Debbie Kopkau at 517.327.2587.

Transportation Director (CTD) Course Descriptions

Managing Staff Training (3 hours): Pupil transportation is a dynamic activity with important consequences for service providers and service users. System break-downs are infrequent but have catastrophic outcomes. Staff training is a key tool fleet managers can use to limit breakdowns and minimize their consequences. This class will address training questions and provide methods to answer them. (Offered by MAPT)

Principles of Education (3 hours): Understand the educational process, culture of schools, major learning theories, teaching methodologies, school improvement, design of inservice programs, and the structure and function of the principalship.

Special Needs Transportation (3 hours): ADA, IDEIA, IEP, FERPA and Section 504 – these laws impact all of us who transport students with special needs. Be prepared for the challenges and responsibilities of transporting students with special needs. This class will provide an understanding of these laws, behavior issues, wheelchair securement and the proper storing of equipment and supplies needed to transport special needs. We will also discuss how to properly secure a student in car seats and safety vests, “Star Seat” and other types of CSRS. Can a special needs student be suspended? What procedures must be followed to do so? What is a behavior management plan, and how important is documentation? (Offered by MAPT)

Transportation Facility Operations (6 hours): Learn the fundamentals of fleet maintenance for anyone responsible for or interested in shop operations. Topics include budgeting and recording keeping, vehicle purchasing factors and vehicle maintenance, benchmarking, state police inspections, MIOSHA, and OSHA and under-ground storage tanks. (Offered by MAPT)

Writing Bus Specifications (3 hours): Get insight on the basics of school bus specifications and what works. Learn what works best in different geographical areas and conditions. (Offered by MAPT)

Wrap-up/Ethics (2 hours): Celebrate completion of your certification program! Reflect on what you have learned and your role in the educational process and your school district. This class can be taken only if you are two classes or less from completing your certification (not counting the Wrap-Up/Ethics Session).

Elective (3 hours): Any class outside of your certification track or designated as such. (Offered by MAPT and MSBO)

Total class time is 66 hours. Continuing Education hours are 90 hours within a five-year period.

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