SAINTE-CLAIRE, QC, Canada — Prevost and the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) have joined forces to update and expand the Bus and Motorcoach Academy, creating a new program called Prevost Preparatory School for Professional Motorcoach Drivers, or “Prevost Prep.”
Presented by Prevost, the UMA and the College of Southern Maryland, Prevost Prep is designed specifically for drivers to meet the driver training needs of the motorcoach industry. Prevost recognizes that motorcoach operators are challenged in recruiting, training and retaining qualified drivers.
“Drivers are one of the industry’s cornerstone resources and we must do what we can to encourage skilled drivers to enter the industry,” said Gaetan Bolduc, Prevost CEO. “Training is an important part of that attraction and retention.”
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require that bus and motorcoach operators ensure their drivers are knowledgeable and comply with FMCSA rules and regulations. Prevost Prep prepares the driver to pass the CDL written exam or, for those who already have a CDL, gives a thorough review of applicable industry rules and regulations. Through this program, driver training can be quantified and proven for insurance purposes. Participants who have completed the program satisfactorily will receive a letter of completion that can be submitted to an insurance company for insurance renewals.
Prevost has committed to supporting this driving program during the next 10 years in order to expand the curriculum, update existing courses, and provide scholarships for drivers. UMA will award the scholarships.
The Prevost Prep program will begin with newly updated 2014 courses. These will include new course materials to correspond with the updated courses. Applications for scholarships are being accepted by the UMA and will be awarded by the association on Prevost’s behalf. These scholarships are open to the entire industry, not only Prevost customers and not only UMA members. Scholarships are for partial tuition on the complete course package based on the criteria set by the UMA. See the UMA website for further info and tuition rates at www.uma.org.
To inaugurate the Prevost Prep program, Prevost has pledged $10,000 in scholarships of $200 towards tuition to the first 50 companies that sign up for the Spring 2014 semester of the Prevost Preparatory School for Professional Motorcoach Drivers. No further scholarship application process is necessary for this spring semester only. Scholarships for future semesters will go through a normal application process through the UMA.