Professional Certification is an industry-recognized credential granted to a candidate who successfully demonstrates competence. Through a formal process of assessment, a candidate must demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities as defined in the National Occupational Standard (NOS) and honour the Code of Ethics (pdf 59Kb).
To learn to about the Certification Program and make application click here to visit our Certification Centre.
Why Professional Certification?
Certification is one of the most important ways of promoting and recognizing a highly skilled workforce. Certification objectives include:
- addressing labour shortages and attracting new workers
- assisting and improving labour mobility
- improving quality of work through performance achieving or exceeding national standards
- recognizing prior learning and experience which can be measured against occupational standards
- promoting an industry driven program for recognizing competent professionals
In 2001 the MCPCC undertook a feasibility study to assess support for a certification program. The study included a comprehensive national survey asking for opinions from professional bus operators and bus companies regarding the proposed voluntary National Certification of Professional Bus Operators.
In April 2002, the survey results were published. More than 3,000 responses were received from operators, the vast majority of whom endorsed the concept.
Information gathered at working sessions in 2003-2004 shaped the development of the Program launched in summer 2005.