CASTA is proud to offer two Defensive Driving courses: Defensive Driving for Transit Operators Certification (DDTOC) and Municipal Vehicle Defensive Driving Certification (MVDDC).

The CASTA Defensive Driving for Transit Operators Certification course was designed with Transit drivers and operators in mind, delivering sound operator practices, experience from trainers in the field, And a curriculum tailored specifically for Professionals in the transit industry. This course is intended to be used as a general Defensive Driving teaching tool for professionals in the transit industry, allowing each agency to interject specific company policies where needed.

The CASTA Municipal Vehicle Defensive Driving Course delivers sound operator practices, experience from trainers in the field, and a curriculum tailored specifically for Professionals that operate a vehicle on behalf of their municipality. After we released DDTOC (Defensive Driving for Transit Operators Certification) we found that transit trainers around the state were using the curriculum to train drivers on other municipally owned large vehicles. We realized it would be a service to adopt the curriculum officially to train other large municipal vehicle drivers. While most of the best practices are consistent between the two programs, this new curriculum focuses on non-transit vehicle drivers.

Course Topics Include

• Understand the consequences of distracted, fatigued and impaired driving

• Recognize the habits of defensive driving

• Better understand vehicle technology and safety features

• Identify personal driving behaviors and risk-taking tendencies

• Improve hazard identification and assessing risks

• Develop a personal plan for making effective driving choices

What participants will learn

Participants learn how to recognize both potential and immediate driving hazards and how to avoid traffic violations and collisions in a variety of driving conditions. They will develop a personal plan for making safe and responsible driving decisions.

Get Started with CASTA Defensive Driving Instructor Certification:

Become certified to teach the CASTA Defensive Driving Courses by attending a DDTOC Instructor Course or MVDDC Instructor Course. Courses are generally held each year, either at one of CASTA’s conferences or as a regional training upon request and cover the content of the driver course and training techniques for instructing defensive driving to transit professionals and municipal vehicle operators. You’ll learn how to teach the CASTA Defensive Driving course through scenario based instruction, as well as, discussion about specific concerns related to your organizations.

If you are interested in becoming a Certified DDTOC or MVDDC Instructor, hosting an Operator course, or need to order Student Manuals, please contact Joseph Parks

Joseph Parks
Course Fees:
Instructor Certification and Course Materials*
Quantity CASTA Member Price Non-CASTA Member Price Certification Requirements
Instructor Certification Course** 1 $150 $300
  • Pay the Course Fee
  • Attend Instructor Course
  • Pass test with at least 80% correct
  • Certification is good for 1 year beginning the date of the passed test. Grace Period until the last day of the month of certification
Annual Instructor Recertification 1 $50 $100
  • Pay Annual Instructor Recertification Fee
  • Review any annual updates online
  • Certification is good for 1 year.
  • Instruct a minimum of one DDTOC or MVDDC course in the year prior to recertification
Operator Certification Course Manual**** 1 $15 $30
  • Pay the Course Fee
  • Attend Operator Course
  • Pass test with at least 80% correct
  • Certification is good for 2 years
Hosted Instructor Certification Course* CASTA provides the option for organizations to host Instructor Certification Courses in their area to get multiple instructors certified. Contact us for Pricing Contact us for Pricing

*Payment for the Instructor Certification Course and Instructor Course Guide is required prior to beginning the Instructor Certification Course.

**Includes Instructor Manual, Operator Course Guide, Operator Certificate of Completion, & Instructor Certificate of Completion. Certified instructors are required to be certified on and pay for each new edition of the course.

***The first year of Instructor certification is included when you complete the Instructor Certification Course. Instructor recertification is billed annually after that.

****Includes Operator Manual & Certificate of Completion. A Certified Instructor must teach the course to receive certification. If you do not have a certified Instructor and would like to host a Instructor Certification Course please contact josephp@coloradotransit.com.

If you are interested in becoming a Instructor, or need to order Student Manuals, please contact Joseph Parks at josephp@coloradotransit.com

Additional Instructor Resources

Need to find a trainer in your area? Check out the list of certified DDTOC Trainers here.

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