Q: What are the educational requirements?Each category has its own educational qualifications. The combination of education, training, and experience differentiates the types of certification.
Q: What documentation is required?
Each category of certification requires copies of certificates, diplomas, awards, references, verification of memberships, and an application reflecting achievements by the candidate. All documentation must be submitted as described in the instructions in the application.
Q: Is there a fee?
The current fee for certification enrollment, application and exam is $50 (U.S. funds) for members of NAPT. Non members must pay a fee of $150 (U.S. funds), which includes their NAPT membership fee for one year. The CSNT (Certified Special Needs Transportation) has an additional $35 surcharge for the cost of the online exam. The certification fee is used for processing and is non-refundable.
The fee for NAPT members to take PDS courses are online is $40 per course. For courses taken at state association events, pricing will be determined by the individual state association. PDS courses at the NAPT Summit are available at a discounted rate to current NAPT members.
Non member fees to take the courses online are $100 per course.
Q: Are there any tests to be taken for certification?
Candidates must pass an examination. Examination questions are based on content from NAPT-approved workshops, government regulations and reference materials. Examination times and locations are arranged on an individually convenient basis. A candidate must take an exam within nine months of the time he/she is approved to take the exam or the candidate must re-apply entirely. The CSNT exam is available online.
Q: What reference materials may be studied in preparation for the examination?
Recommended publications are:
- National Standards for School Buses and School Bus Operations (2005): Available from the Missouri Safety Center, CMSU, Humphreys Suite 201, Warrensburg, MO 64093, Phone (660) 543-4830
- Highway Safety Program Guideline 17 (latest edition): Available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, US Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20590,www.nhtsa.gov, Phone (202) 366-4301
- Improving School Bus Safety – Special Report 222 (1989): Available from the Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20418, www.trb.org, Phone (202) 334-2972
- Model Driver's manual for Commercial Vehicle Driver Licensing (1989): Available from each state's Motor Vehicle Administration
- Transporting Children with Disabilities Manual – 5th Edition: Available for purchase from NAPT
- PDS 801, 803, 804, 805 (SNT 101, 103, 104, 105) handouts and assignments
- Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems in School Buses Student Manual (2008): Available for download