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The ODOT Office of Transit is committed to ensuring all transit providers in the State of Ohio receive the training necessary to enhance the knowledge and skills needed to provide the best transportation services to Ohio’s travelers. The Office of Transit offers low cost or no cost training opportunities to transportation service provider managers and staff and individuals with an interest in public and human service transportation coordination. The Office of Transit has access to many trainers ranging from ODOT staff, staff from other state agencies, the federal government, or individuals with expertise and experience in many transportation related areas.

Training is provided in many areas including state or federal compliance, areas related to improving the safety and efficiency of the transportation operation, and disseminating information on how to best coordinate transportation services in Ohio.


 Transit 101


​Transit 101 is ODOT's comprehensive program of transit manager training. For more information, see the Transit 101 page.


 Online, On-demand Training Opportunities


Rural Ohio Transit eLearning. Free. Developed in conjunction with ODOT's Ohio LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program) Center. Intended for new rural transit managers and anyone wanting to learn more about the Ohio Rural Transit Program, this training provides participants with an overview of everything that is required of a rural transit manager. There are 11 modules that cover everything from the requirements of the program to operating a rural transit system. This training is a prerequisite for Transit 101.

National RTAP eLearning. Free. The National RTAP eLearning portal, or learning management system (LMS) hosts self-guided, online courses on topics like emergency management, general refresher training, and problem passengers. More trainings will continue to be added over time, both National RTAP courses and links to outside trainings and resources. Learner progress and scores can be tracked and documented by managers in the LMS. Visit the National RTAP eLearning page to learn more and get started!

The mission of the Center for Transportation e-Learning (CTEL) is to provide targeted, accessible, low-cost, sustainable, and effective training to transportation workers that increases their competence and positively changes their behavior regardless of occupation or location and in a manner that complements and leverages existing and emerging transportation training efforts. CTEL uses proven eLearning technology and practices to provide high-quality, low-cost training solutions to transportation workers at small or remote agencies that might not be able to participate in face-to-face training. 

START Online (free) is an interactive, e-learning version of National RTAP's Safety Training and Rural Transit instructor-led course. It was developed in partnership with the Center for Transportation e-Learning and is hosted on CTEL's learning management system. The START course (content updated in 2015) offers basic information for new drivers or refresher training for experienced drivers, with sections on vehicle safety, driver/operator safety, and passenger safety.

FTA 101 Training Module. Free. Intended for ODOT's subrecipients, especially their newly hired public transportation staff. Developed by the AASHTO Multi-State Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) in partnership with the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) at North Dakota State University, FTA 101 is a web-based training tool that can be used free of charge. Topics include: a brief history of how FTA was established; many of the applicable modes of public transportation; the role of FTA and its primary responsibilities; how FTA is funded; how FTA funds public transportation, such as states and subrecipients; and FTA's oversight of public transportation.

National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course (Online Version)

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) offers free online courses including "Introduction to OSHA", "OSHA Recordkeeping 101", and "Developing a Safety Culture". A bloodborne pathogens course will be available sometime in 2016 or 2017. The BWC Safety Services Catalog contains course descriptions. Registration is available at


 Related In-Person Training Opportunities


DRIVE: Transporting Older and Disabled Passengers was developed by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and ODOT. The program is operated by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. ODOT requ​ires all drivers from transit systems and agencies with Specialized Transportation Program-funded vehicles to have some type of passenger assistance training within six months of hire. The DRIVE training fulfills this requirement. Training opportunities include an eight-hour hands-on course for drivers, a four-hour refresher course for drivers, and a two-day Train-the-Trainer course.​

Defensive Driving 4 (DDC 4), designed by the National Safety Council, is a 4-hour course that offers practical strategies to reduce collision-related injuries, fatalities and costs associated with motor vehicle crashes. In Ohio, course offerings are available through the National Safety Council Northern Ohio Chapter in Youngstown. In the Chapter's schedule of defensive driving course offerings, look for DDC-4 in the Defensive Driving Student/Employee Courses section.

Transit providers and other employers may certify their own instructors to teach Defensive Driving 4 by attending the National Safety Council's DDC 4 Instructor Course. Also available through the National Safety Council Northern Ohio Chapter, look for DDC-4 - Instructor Course in the Chapter's schedule of defensive driving course offerings.

DDC 4 is also offered onsite​.

(Although the above training opportunities are provided by Central and Northern Ohio organizations, they are open to eligible participants from anywhere in Ohio.)

Public and Social Service Transportation Certificate Program, Wright State University

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) offers free courses including "Advanced Safety for Public Employers (ASPE) (Parts One and Two)", "Bloodborne Pathogens", "Fundamentals of Training", "Industry Safety Elements (OSHA 10)", "OSHA Recordkeeping", and "Safety for the Non-safety Professional". The BWC Safety Services Catalog contains course descriptions. Registration is available at


 Training Resources


National RTAP offers training materials in print, online, or through its eLearning learning management system. National RTAP provides its training materials free of charge to help rural transit providers with training needs and requirements.

The National Transit Institute​ develops, promotes, and delivers training and education programs for the public transit industry.

The Transportation Safety Institute's Transit Safety and Security Division is responsible for equipping transportation employees with the core competencies they need to operate, maintain, and manage public transportation systems. Through the use of both instructor-led training and instructional e-learning technologies, the Division develops and delivers innovative and responsive training courses to meet the needs of today’s changing transit industry.

The National Center for Mobility Management​ delivers in-person and virtual trainings to support mobility managers and partners in adopting proven, sustainable, and replicable transportation coordination, mobility management, and one call–one click transportation information practices.

The American Public Transportation Association​ works to provide its members with an increasing set of professional development programs, resources, and opportunities, including programs, events, webcasts, webinars and online training.

In consultation with rural transit systems, the Office of Transit commits Ohio's share of its federal RTAP funding to technical assistance projects and training. In addition, scholarships are awarded for rural transit staff to attend state and national meetings and conferences. For additional information please contact Esther Klaus at​ or (614) 466-8320.


 Training Archive




Tyler Bender
Compliance Officer
(614) 955-0754