Florida Operator Trainer Training Program

This program, managed and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, serves to provide training for Florida's public transit operator trainers a state approved certificate and training curriculum. There are six courses which have been designated as requirements for successful certificate completion. They are:

  • Instructor's Course for Transit Trainers (TSI FT00562)
  • Fatigue Awareness and Sleep Apnea Awareness for Transit Employees (TSI FT00588)1
  • Curbing Transit Employee Distracted Driving (TSI FT00555)1
  • Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving (FDOT)
  • Managing for Performance-Safety, Customer Service, Conflict and Work Ethic: A Guide for Transit Operator Trainers
  • Rule Chapter 14-90, Florida Administrative Code: A Review for You – A Course for Bus Transit Drivers

Each trainer who successfully completes the criteria is awarded a Certificate of Completion though the program from the Florida Department of Transportation. An training schedule is developed annually for trainers who wish to pursue the voluntary state certificate regionally.

In addition to funding the training offered through the program, the Florida Department of Transportation's program also reimburses Florida's public transit agency participants for travel (state of Florida regulations on travel) through USF. This travel reimbursement subsidy has been instrumental in making the program a success because very few costs are passed on to the transit agencies.

1This course is computer based training offered by the USDOT's Transportation Safety Institute (TSI). In order to complete these courses you must register directly with TSI.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

There are no fees to attend these courses for current employees of a Florida public transit agency who meet
the criteria identified in the Transit Training Policies & Procedures

Instructor Led Training Courses

Unsure if you have an account for your course registration? Use the "Forgot Password" link to look up your account information using either your work/personal email address or username. If you cannot locate your account information please contact Stephanie Lewis, (813) 974-1123 before setting up a new account. For questions regarding any of these training courses, please contact Molly Buffington, (813) 974-7810.

TSA Mass Transit & Passenger Rail Security Awareness
September 19, 2017 (8:00am - 4:30pm)
LYNX, Orlando, FL

Transit Dispatch and Supervisor Training
October 17-18, 2017 (8:30am - 4:30pm, daily)
LYNX, Orlando, FL

Management of Transit Construction Projects Course
October 31-November 2, 2017 (T-W: 8:30am-4:30pm; and F: 8:30am-3:00pm)
CUTR, Tampa, FL

National RTAP START (Safety Training and Rural Transit) Train-The-Trainer Workshop
November 6-7, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm, daily)
St. Johns County Council on Aging, Inc., St. Augustine, FL

Instructor’s Course for Transit Trainers (FT00562 -A)
December 4-8, 2017 (M-F: 8:00am-4:30pm)
Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works, Miami, FL

NOTE: This course is a requirement to graduate from the Florida Transit Operator Trainer Training Certificate Program

e-Learning Training Courses

The Art of Defusing Conflict: De-Escalation Techniques for Transit Operators
Florida public transit agencies only.

Rule Chapter 14-90, Florida Administrative Code: A Review for You – A Course for Bus Transit Drivers
Florida public transit agencies only.

Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators
Florida public transit agencies only.

Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving
Florida public transit agencies only.

Conferences and Workshops

Registration is Open: 2017 FPTA Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2017
West Palm Beach, FL

Transit Training Policies & Procedures