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Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program

The Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program Final Rule (Training Rule) establishes a uniform curriculum for safety training that consists of minimum requirements to enhance the technical proficiency of rail transit safety personnel. It replaces interim requirements in effect since May 2015. The final rule becomes effective August 20, 2018.

The new rule (49 C.F.R. Part 672) implements FTA’s statutory requirements at 49 U.S.C. § 5329(c). The Training Rule sets forth federal requirements for the certification and training of State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) personnel and contractors who conduct safety audits and examinations of rail transit systems, and rail transit agency personnel and contractors who are directly responsible for safety oversight.

The Training Rule replaces the Interim Safety Certification Training Program Provisions that became effective May 28, 2015. FTA encourages other safety personnel, including bus safety personnel, to voluntarily participate in the safety certification training program.

Safety Rule Overview Webinars

FTA Final Safety Rules Overview Webinar 1: 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 25 

FTA Final Safety Rules Overview Webinar 2: 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 31 

Training Rule Webinars

Training Rule Webinar 1: 2 p.m. ET Thursday, August 2 

Training Rule Webinar 2: 2 p.m. ET Thursday, August 16

Training Rule Webinar 3: 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, September 18

Applicability

Recipients of federal financial assistance (49 U.S.C. Chapter 53):

  • State Safety Oversight Agency personnel and contractors who have been designated to conduct safety audits and examinations of rail transit systems
  • Rail transit agency personnel and contractors who have been designated as directly responsible for the safety oversight

How do I enroll into the Training Program and obtain an Individual Training Plan (ITP)*?

  • Email your request to enroll in the Training Program and receive an ITP
  • Include the following information in your email: 
    • The agency you work for
    • Your role within that agency
    • Your phone number

*The Individual Training Plan specifies the minimum training requirements an individual must complete in order to satisfy the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program requirements. 

Required Courses

All Required Participants (Appendix A)

  • SMS Awareness (One-hour course; e-learning delivery)
  • SMS Safety Assurance (Two-hour course; e-learning delivery) 
  • SMS Principles for Transit (20 hours) 
  • TSSP curriculum (minus Transit System Security (TSS) (Course credit will be provided if a participant has a Course Completion Certificate for  TSSP courses prior to enrolling in the Training Program)  
    • Transit Rail System Safety (36 hours)
    • Effectively Managing Transit Emergencies (32 hours)
    • Transit Rail Incident Investigation (36 hours)

SSOA personnel/SSOA contractor support personnel

  • SMS for SSO Programs (16 hours) 

Bus personnel (Voluntary)

  • SMS Awareness (Online course)   
  • Safety Assurance (e-Learning course)
  • SMS Principles for Transit
  • Effectively Managing Transit Emergencies
  • Transit Bus System Safety 
  • Fundamentals of Bus Collision Investigation                                                                  

View the FY19 training course schedule or visit the FTA-sponsored USDOT Transportation Safety Institute for additional information on courses.

Registering for Courses

Register for courses through the FTA-sponsored USDOT Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)

  • Contact TSI or call (405) 954-3682 for registration assistance and course information.

To create an account:

  1. Go to the USDOT Transportation Safety Institute website 
  2. Select the link “Bus/Rail Transit Safety and Security." This link is located under the “Select your training topic to view course catalog or create a profile” heading in the gray box on the right side of the page.
  3. Scroll down to the box titled “Welcome to Transit ”Select the “sign up for account” link. (Or, select the wheel in the top right corner and click “register”)
  4. Complete the required fields and click “Log In” at the bottom of the page

To register for classes:

  1. Log in with your email or username and password
  2. Select “Search Catalog” to search for specific courses, dates, and locations
  3. Click “Request” to request a seat in the class   

Once you are logged into your account, you can update your profile, view your transcript, (your course enrollment schedule and courses you have completed).

To request credit for an equivalent course:

Questions?

  • Send questions about course offerings, ITPs, credit for non-FTA sponsored coursework, and other safety training related matters 
  • For questions on how to create a TSI account and register for classes, contact the Transportation Safety Institute at 405-954-3682 
Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2018
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