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Today, increasing numbers of businesses and occupations are gaining the respect and consumer confidence that they deserve through a formal assessment process of Accreditation.  Now, bus operations in all sectors can attain this recognition, through the Bus Council of Canada’s, Accreditation.

Accreditation for your Bus Operator training program tells your key stakeholders – passengers, current and potential employees, the public and all levels of government – that your training program consistently delivers excellence, resulting in Bus Operators who are certified professionals. 

Accreditation is a highly successful and well-tested program of quality assurance and improvement, and an outstanding example of reliable and responsible self-regulation. This market-driven, voluntary system of self-examination and peer review confirms the priority that forward-thinking organizations place on human resources investments.   Accreditation is a viable means of assuring and improving the quality of bus operator training programs based on an industry-endorsed national standard. 

The Accreditation Board, a panel of industry and academic experts, carefully reviews each application and grants Accreditation to those programs which meet or exceed the requirements.

To learn more about the accreditation process and make application click here to visit our accreditation centre.

Six Ways in which the Bus Council’s Accreditation serves Industry and the Public Interest

  1. Formal national recognition of training program excellence
  2. Regular review and updating of National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  3. Cost-efficient in the use of resources to achieve its goals
  4. Encourages investment in training to achieve higher standards of skills development
  5. Acknowledges flexibility in learning systems through partnerships, traditional methods and e-learning programs
  6. Responsive to current climate of accountability by linkages to student learning outcomes, i.e. certification, as well as improved organizational performance

Benefits of Accreditation

Why your organization should be accredited…

Companies benefit from both the status and the process of accreditation.  Benefits emerge from each step of the review cycle, and continue to unfold over the long-term.  Each organization will realize a different mix of benefits based on its needs at any given time.  The Bus Council’s Accreditation is the first of its kind in the world for the bus industry and as such has early beginnings.    Here, we summarize thirty years of research on the most common and important benefits for accreditation.

Credibility and Accountability

  1. National recognition of your company’s commitment to excellence and the highest professional standards of operation and public service
  2. A positive public image and validation of your work and accomplishments
  3. Increased credibility with funding agencies/organizations
  4. An opportunity for staff and management to be thoughtful about their practice

Leverage and Support

  1. A valuable tool in lobbying all levels of government
  2. Improved relationships with other companies
  3. Maintenance of accreditation as a leveraging tool to attract support for capital improvements

Sustainability and a Stronger Industry

  1. Fosters sustained organizational development and improvement
  2. Governing authorities better educated about the industry standards
  3. Increased level of professionalism
  4. Increased productivity, and subsequently, improved consumer confidence in your service delivery

Discover more benefits of the Accreditation Process

Benefits of the Self-Study Process
The self-study process provides the organization:

  1. An opportunity for overall evaluation and a chance to step back and look at the “big picture”
  2. An opportunity and stimulus to review and revise policies, programs and to strategically plan
  3. A tool for benchmarking the company against current standards/best practices, and against previous and future operations
  4. Documentation and evidence of quality of the training program

Benefits of Peer Review

  • An outside perspective on the company’s programs
  • Motivation for improvements and addressing neglected areas
  • The self-regulatory process of accreditation works.  It helps to create a higher learning system in the industry that is diverse with quality yet accessible to all organizations.  Self-regulation assures self-responsibility, builds pride and a skilled workforce.


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