Education and Training

The American Bus Association believes in the importance of professional and continuing education for you. We offer in-person and virtual educational opportunities year-round.

John Kennedy On-Demand Training

For all ABA members who thought it would be great to bring the Marketplace education back to the office now have that opportunity! ABA has partnered with John Kennedy Consulting to give ABA members exclusive access to his John Kennedy on Demand! Through our exclusive partnership with John Kennedy, each ABA member is offered 50 percent off* John’s video subscription program! Learn More

Entry Level Driver Training

World-class, top-of-the-line, entry-level driver education program by ABA and Prevost. These courses are for new and experienced drivers. These classes will help prepare your drivers for the FMCSA 2020 regulation. They are the most affordable in the industry. Learn More

Certified Travel Industry Specialist Program

ABA believes in the value of professional certification and the creation of programs that are industry specific, relevant, and flexible. To this end, ABA has partnered with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The CTIS correspondence courses are administered by IUPUI’s highly acclaimed professional staff. These rigorous, demanding but essential courses, designed exclusively for the motorcoach and group tour industry, introduce enrollees to new concepts in the industry and expand their professional and personal skills. Learn More

Webinars

The American Bus Association’s education program offers useful and timely webinars on a variety of industry-related topics. Learn More

Marketplace Education

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

ABA offers more than 50 quality seminars conducted by top-rated national speakers and industry experts. You do not need to sign up in advance for any seminars; however, you do need to schedule them in your personal schedule during the busy week at ABA to take advantage of all that the ABA Education Program has to offer. The ABA's Marketplace education program will continue to offer timely topics on seven tracks:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The "Professional Development" track help individuals develop specialized and unique skills to assist them in their personal career growth.

TECHNOLOGY

The "Technology" track helps individuals improve their technical skill in this fast-changing business environment. Training sessions will focus on software, emerging online tools such as social media and advanced uses for common computer based technologies.

SALES AND MARKETING

The "Sales and Marketing" track is peppered with unique and innovative approaches to the science of selling. Participants will be introduced to new niche markets, focus on successful cutting edge case studies, and how to take the next step in putting your business over the top.

MOTORCOACH SAFETY

ABA’s Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) provides you with expert speakers and government/industry officials who present on issues and topical interests in the areas of safety and security.  Past topics have included: Cybersecurity Threats, Driver Training, In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems, Insurance & Liability Implications, Self-Driving Vehicles, Sleep Apnea, Top 10 Vehicle Violations.

MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

ABA’s Bus Maintenance & Repair Council (BusMARC) provides relevant sessions and hand-on education for motorcoach operations.  A sampling of past topics include: 110 Outlets & Wifi, Adaptive Braking, AGM Batteries, Remote Diagnostics/Diagnostics Network, and ELD Installation.

MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS

ABA’s Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) provides you with expert speakers and government/industry officials who present on issues and topical interests in the area of technology and other coach innovations.

MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE

ABA’s Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) provides you with expert speakers and government/industry officials who present on issues and topical interests in the areas of regulations and compliance.

EDUCATION BITES

Don't have time to take in a full seminar? We have you covered with our Education Bites. These short bites of information take place on the Marketplace floor. Each session is 14-30 minutes in length and conducted using headsets.

Scholarship Program

The American Bus Association Foundation promotes academic excellence and diversity in the motorcoach travel and tour industry through its George T. Snyder, Jr., scholarship program. The ABA Foundation has awarded more than $730,000 in financial support to over 220 scholars in the past 18 years of outreach.  All employees of ABA member companies are eligible to apply. Learn More

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