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Annual Inspection Guide - School Transportation Technician 

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) School Transportation Unit has promulgated this resource guide to assist public school districts as well as Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) with developing policies and procedures for the safe transportation of students. These guidelines provide manufacturer recommendations, industry standards and best practices which are consistent with the Colorado Minimum Standards Governing School Transportation Vehicles, 1 CCR 301-25 and the Colorado Rules for the Operation, Maintenance and Inspection of School Transportation Vehicles 1 CCR 301-26. This publication is intended to serve as a transportation provider resource toward compliance with legislation and regulations. Link to Guide.

Annual Inspection Map

The linked Map and District Contact Information for Annual Inspectors, Annual Inspector Hands on Testers, and Outside Inspection Sites has been designed to provide district transportation operations an easy way to obtain assistance near their location. The map will simplify the process of locating a district, person, or site needed for certification, annual inspection or other assistance that they may need pertaining to annual inspections. To access the map select the hyperlink above.

Any input that districts may provide to improve the accuracy of this map would be greatly appreciated. Information can be sent to Brian Vasina at

Annual Inspector Qualification and Re-Certification Tests

These updated tests are based on the COLORADO RULES FOR THE OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES, 1 CCR 301-26 effective January 1, 2017 and COLORADO MINIMUM STANDARDS GOVERNING SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES, 1 CCR 301-25 effective April 30,2015.  The new testing materials we be distributed to all districts. Please discard all obsolete testing materials.  If you are in need of the tests prior to receiving them from CDE, please contact Brian Vasina at

Certified Bus/Chassis Manufacturers

Multi-Year List of Certified Models

Certified Retarders (Secondary Braking Systems)

Certified secondary Braking Systems (Updated 8/23/2016)

Rules Governing Authorized Service Vehicles on Public Streets, Highways, and Roadways 2 CCR 601-20

Alternative Fuels Grant and Rebate Information

ALT FUELS Colorado Grant Funding: Opens July 3
Find out how to get funding for your fleet here.  Please contact us if you want help with an application. Deadline to apply is July 31.

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Alt Fuel Websites

Additional Informational Web links

  • School Bus Technical Reference:
  • FMVSS Standards:
  • NHTSA  (Recalls etc.):

Live Technician Training Opportunities

Advanced Lubrication Training for School Bus Professionals 

Wednesday, August 2 9 am - 4 pm 

Thursday, August 3    9 am - 3 pm 

Please RSVP to David Anderson, Adams 12 Five Star Schools or call (720) 972-4301.


Drive Train Industries "Mechanics Air & Foundation Brake" Live Clinics:

Instructor: Jim Burke
This is NOT a “how-to” clinic on changing air valves & brake shoe repair.  We will discuss brake performance, failures, industry problems and solutions, and the future changes that will impact your business.  
Dual Air Brake Systems
Air Compressors
Air Valves
System & Component Troubleshooting
Brake Balance
Qualifications for Brake Inspectors
Basic Brake Theory
Friction Material
“The Brake Dilemma”
Anti-Lock Brakes
Troubleshooting of ABS
Demonstration of ABS
Maintenance Procedures

Two Session Dates:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017  from 10 am to 3 pm w/ Lunch served at 12:00 noon 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm w/ Dinner served at 4:30 pm

DTI Brake Customers: $50   
Non-DTI Brake DTI Customers $100
Charge your DTI Account or 
Call 800-525-6177 x 1253  
for alternate payment options (Credit Card, Cash or Check)
Payment Collected at the Class
Online Registeration:
Select Link Below:

Denver Location
The Timbers Hotel
4411 Peoria Street
Denver, CO 80239
(North West Corner of I-70 & Peoria)
Free Parking in South & East Lot 
*Classroom:  Aspen Ballroom

All Drive Train Industries class students receive a certificate of attendance when attending a live class.


Gates Aftermarket Hydraulic Training

Gates Aftermarket will be offering three hydraulic training classes in 2017 to be held at the Gates CSC (Customer Solutions Center) and training facility in Englewood, CO.   There is a (spring, summer and fall) option to choose from. 
Training Schedule
Class 1: Hydraulic 102 Intermediate to Advanced
Arrival Date: Sunday, April 30th 2017
Class: Monday, May 1st & Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Class 2: Hydraulic 102 Intermediate to Advanced
Arrival Date: Sunday, July 16th 2017
Class: Monday, July 17th & Tuesday, July 18th 2017
Class 3: Hydraulic 102 Intermediate to Advanced
Arrival Date: Sunday, September 24th 2017
Class: Monday, September 25th & Tuesday, September 26th 2017
Class Information
Hydraulic 102 Intermediate to Advanced
May 1-2, 2017
July 17-18, 2017
September 25-26, 2017
Topics to be covered:
Hydraulic system – basic overview
Hydraulic safety (STAMPED)
Hose identification
Specialty hose products
C14 PTFE hose and couplings
Thermoplastic hose and couplings
Fleet Products
Air Brake
Coolant Tubes
Coupling thread identification (includes international thread types)
Quick disconnects
Live Swivel Joints
Ball Valves
Adapters & Accessories
Hands-on hose assembly
Hose routing trouble shooting
General Information
Classes are open to all Gates Aftermarket customers & associates. Each class is 1.5 days. Cost per attendee is $300.00.
Course costs cover:
All training materials
Lunch on Monday & Tuesday
Group dinner on Monday night
Gates promotional item
Certificate of completion
Attendees are responsible for:
Transportation to/from Denver
Transportation to/from airport
Hotel Cost – We have negotiated a special rate of approximately $109 per night. We will provide hotel information to you upon class registration. 
Preparation for Hands-On Training
For those with little or no knowledge of hydraulic basics, we recommend the following study methods as a pre-requisite to taking classes at the Gates CSC.
Read introduction to Hydraulics 101 Training Manual (428-7153). You can download the PDF from
Take some courses online at the Gates Performance Center learning site. You may find courses like Introduction to Hydraulic Hose and Introduction to Hydraulic Hose & Fittings beneficial. You will need to register as a user at the site. 
Enroll soon! Classes fill up quickly.
Registration is required. Please contact Pam Abercrombie at 303.744.5304 or
for registration information and/or to discuss program options for your specific hydraulic training needs.


Online Technician Training Opportunities


MACS (Mobile Air Conditioning Society) offers training for the Heavy Duty Industry on their website.  If you are looking for the "MACS Section 609 Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery Certification Program" please see the link. 

Allison Transmission:

Baldwin Filters: (Right side of page, 5 topics online)

Bendix: Brake School with certificate online

Eaton: (Electrical & Hydraulics)

Federal Mogul: (Select Training Center Menu)



KitMasters: (Videos on Gold Top Assembly – other videos available by PN)

MEI: password: connect

Meritor: (There is a long list of online classes available)


Parker: PTO Information: Hydraulic/Pumps & Motors Gear Vane & Piston Telescopic Cylinders Hydraulics/Complete

Prestolite: Technical Bulletins:

Randy’s Ring & Pinon:






Walker Exhaust:

Webb Wheel: (Take certification tests on-line and get free prizes (if you wish) along with your completion certificate)

For Information on Live Classes, contact Drive Train Industries: or call 800-525-6177

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