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School Bus Driver Improvement

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Program Description

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is responsible for setting and maintaining the program standards for the School Bus Driver Improvement Course (SBDIC).

In partnership with the school bus licencing stakeholders, the MTO has made improvements to the SBDIC by introducing new minimum course content and program delivery standards, as well as a formal course provider approval process. The improvements address changes in industry practices, driver’s licencing requirements, vehicle standards, and recommendations made by the Chief Coroner of Ontario. It will help facilitate the continued safe transportation of children by ensuring that all new school bus drivers receive consistent and high-quality training.

In this course, students are provided with an understanding of the laws and regulations that apply to the school bus industry. Designed by IHSA, this course is recommended for all school bus drivers. In a classroom setting, defensive driving techniques are presented with the aid of various audiovisual devices. The course is designed to involve participants in group discussions of driving problems that are encountered by drivers each day. This course is approved by the Ministry of Transportation as qualification for drivers who are required to successfully complete a Driver Improvement Course in order to obtain a classified driver’s licence.


Program Content

Module 1—The Law (Legal Element)

Rules and regulations that apply to a school bus

Module 2—The Driver (Human Element)

The human elements that affect our ability to drive safely, including attitude, mental/emotional state, complacency, physical well-being, nutrition, sleep, vision, and knowledge

Module 3—The Vehicle (Mechanical Element)

Vehicle inspection, basic vehicle control, and factors that affect steering, stopping, and handling

Module 4—The Environment

Inside the vehicle, road surface conditions, traffic conditions, and weather conditions

Module 5—School Bus Operations

The operation of a school bus requires special knowledge and skills unique to school bus operations. In this module, we will identify and discuss issues, factors, and procedures that are specific to school buses.

Module 6—Driving Defensively

Incident prevention; use of mirrors, signs, and signals; passing; intersections; turning procedures; expressway driving; and backing procedures.


Who Should Attend?

Anyone wishing to obtain a Class B or E license in Ontario.



There are no prerequisites for this course.


Learning Evaluation

There are module quizzes throughout the course. Learners must score 80% on the final evaluation for successful completion of the course.


Participant Course Evaluation

At the end of the training, participants will have the opportunity to evaluate and provide comments about the training they received.

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1 Day
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Session Details

From: Sep 02, 2021 - To: Oct 25, 2021
City: Any
Region: Any

E77900School Bus Driver Improvement9/2/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register
E77909School Bus Driver Improvement10/25/2021 8:00:00 AMTorontoVoyager Training Centre - IHSA Register

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