America's Best

Each year the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) holds the America's Best Training & Skills Challenge, and this year's event will be held jointly with NAPT's 43rd Annual Conference: Discover New Ideas in Columbus, Ohio November 3-7.

For years the America's Best program has offered training and a skills challenge for the technicians and inspectors in the school bus industry. By bringing this unique event together with NAPT's Summit, participants have access to the premier school transportation conference in the nation. In addition to hands-on training through the America's Best program, we offer dozens of different workshops specifically designed for technicians and inspectors! Plus, participants have an opportunity to connect with all of the vendors involved in NAPT's Trade Show.

Download the 2017 Program Brochure for details. Please check back here regularly for updates for the 2017 event.

For travel and hotel information, please visit our NAPT conference website here.

Click here to register for the 2017 America's Best event.

2017 Schedule of Events

*subject to change
Friday, November 3
1pm: Program Check-In
7pm: Orientation & Welcome Reception

Saturday, November 4
9am-4pm: Training
4-5pm: Exams
7pm: Evening Event in conjunction with NAPT Conference

Sunday, November 5
8am-12pm: Hands-on Competition
12-5pm: Education & Training Sessions in conjunction with NAPT Conference
7pm: Evening Event in conjunction with NAPT Conference

Monday, November 6
8am-5pm: Education & Training Sessions in conjunction with NAPT Conference
                   Presentation of Winners

Tuesday, November 7
9am-3pm: NAPT 43rd Annual Trade Show

Congratulations 2016 Winners!

  • 1st - Aaron Dempsey - Okemos Public Schools, MI
  • 2nd - Spencer Paige - Clear creek isd, TX
  • 3rd - Donald Ertel - Virginia Beach City Public Schools, VA
  • 1st - Raymond Dickens - Kanawha County Schools, WV
  • 2nd - Ralph Trango - Wake County Public School System, NC
  • 3rd - Kevin Roe - Special School District, MO
This year there were 38 total participants representing 21 states and two Canadian provinces - British Columbia and Alberta. Congratulations to all participants on a job well done!