Central Washington University (CWU) Pupil Transportation Management Training Program


Dan Payne
Educational Service District 105

Student transportation operations have become increasingly complicated over the years. Changing times have created a multitude of state and federal regulations and local school board policies to operate within. In addition, more stringent training and commercial licensing requirements now exist, along with a need to understand risk management and avoiding liability pitfalls. And then there’s fleet planning and purchasing, fleet maintenance, budget constraints, and increasingly complicated union contracts.

And if all of that weren’t enough, a need for all transportation professionals to have strong leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills to lead and work within the most diverse workforce and student population in history!

The CWU Pupil Transportation Management Training Program (PTMTP) addresses all of the following areas during the four levels of the program:

  • Do you want to increase and enhance your knowledge in the student transportation industry?
  • Would you like to improve your leadership and communications skills?
  • Do you want to learn more about being part of a successful team in a student transportation operation?

This program began in 1989 in an effort to provide pertinent training for current and future student transportation supervisors within the state. It’s a joint venture between the Washington Association of Pupil Transportation (WAPT), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and Central Washington University (CWU).

The program, which is administered by a steering committee representative of the pupil transportation field, coordinates a well-planned professional growth agenda.

For more information on course entry requirements; completion options; and printable forms and flyer, visit the CWU PTMTP Website.