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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

Clean Diesel Rebates  
2017 School Bus Rebate Application Period is now Open 


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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Additional Informational Web links

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

Live Technician Training Opportunities


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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