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Motorcoach Model Curriculum

Goal

To update the 1994 model curriculum for training drivers who may or may not have obtained a commercial driver's license (CDL) to become motorcoach drivers. In addition to bringing the material up to date technically and with current regulations, this effort would also convert the existing traditional paper/instructor-based curriculum into a blended curriculum that incorporates multimedia electronic learning with group classroom training.

Background

The project builds on prior Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) research which developed the 1994 curriculum jointly with a sizable group of interested industry personnel. We plan to replicate that process as part of this update. This update was requested by the industry to create standardized guidance for use in training drivers.

Summary

This program is organized into four structured process sequences of analysis, training design, training development, and pilot testing. The first three are part of Phase I of the project, and the last is part of Phase II of the project. The plan will include periodic meetings with the peer review group to explain progress and solicit suggestions and direction. The analysis will begin with a job task analysis to identify things that are new that are not covered in the existing 1994 curriculum.

The pilot test is subject to availability of funding.

Outcomes

Model curriculum and supporting materials that can be easily adopted by the many motorcoach companies that offer CDL driver training for candidate motorcoach drivers.

Milestones

September 2012: Contract awarded to MaineWay Services
January 2013: Met with Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) at American Bus Association Convention.
June 2013: Meeting of BISC.

Funding

FY 2012: $300,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology

Status

Analysis phase completed. Training design is underway and due June 2014.

Contractor

MaineWay Services

Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014