VMMI: Vehicle Maintenance Management and Inspection



The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) offers a unique training and certification program for maintenance managers and staff. The Vehicle Maintenance Management and Inspection (VMMI) training program promotes the community transportation industry's commitment to safe, reliable transportation through building up the professional skills of maintenance personnel and managers. This three-day program is designed to improve the maintenance oversight of fleets of smaller transit vehicles (i.e., less than 25-foot length). It is based on an established maintenance training curriculum developed by Halsey King, SAE and applied to countless vehicle fleets nationwide, to which CTAA has added a layer of testing, certification and performance quality.

What is this program?

This popular workshop sets the stage for a greater understanding of 5310 and 5311 bus maintenance activities. The course was designed specifically for managers and technicians who operate/maintain rural and complementary vans, cutaway paratransits and buses under 30 ft. in length.

Moving into its fifteenth year of national presentations the latest updated version VMMI 5.2 includes the following elements:

  • A review of how to read a shop work order - a very important exercise since the work order captures cost of labor and parts as well as vehicle repair history.
  • A look at Catastrophic Maintenance Failure. We actually take the program attendees through the horrors of failed preventative maintenance programs which typically include high P.M. cost, dirty mismanaged and unsafe buses.
  • An explanation of applicable state and federal bus inspection requirements and how they fit into a well-organized P.M. inspection program.

Contact information from within the industry to:

  • Obtain quick technical fix-it information direct from the manufacturers
  • Obtain warranty and recall information
  • Obtain regulatory information from ADA to EPA

An explanation and demonstration of the 12 module bus inspection techniques:

This process starts at the driver's seat and ends under the rear of the bus. During the training process we demonstrate how drivers and technicians can bring about a dramatic improvement in bus condition by following these 12 steps or modules.

This technique has been provided to hundreds of public and private organizations nationwide including Florida (FDOT) Minnesota (MNDOT), New Jersey and the State of Ohio all of whom have adopted the 12 module inspection process into their statewide rural transportation program.

A review of the Federal Motor vehicle safety standards for components on a bus such as:

  • FMVSS 101 control and display
  • FMVSS 208 and 209 seat belts and attachments
  • FMVSS 108 and 111 for lighting and mirrors
  • Plus 40 more!

We are pleased to announce that in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin (UWM) School of Continuing Education, CTAA's certificate programs now offer continuing education units, or CEUs.

The course outline for the two-day driver certification program as well as the three-day trainer certification includes:

Day 1

  • Practical and legal reasons for proper inspection and preventive maintenance
  • DOT requirements: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  • DOT requirements: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Standards
  • Principles of vehicle safety inspection
  • Hands-on training of vehicle safety inspection
  • Vehicle safety inspection testing

Day 2

  • Relationship between maintenance and operations
  • The manager's role in maintenance
  • Cost centers of fleet maintenance
  • Efficient and effective forms and reporting
  • How technology helps maintenance management
  • Manufacturers' standards and expectations

Day 3

  • Maintenance outsourcing- when to do it, how to manage it
  • Review and final examination

What is the cost of the training?

  • Closed enrollment setting: All inclusive CTAA member rate of $7,500 for state, local and community transit organizations sponsoring this training workshop- this includes all travel and related expenses for the trainer and all workshop materials. It would be the host's responsibility to supply the classroom site, a wheelchair, a lift-equipped vehicle and audiovisual equipment.
  • CTAA members sponsoring this workshop will receive a $500 discount
  • Class size: limited to sixteen persons
  • Participants cover their own costs related to attend the training
  • Open enrollment setting: $500 per participant

When and where is the training provided?

  • Closed enrollment classes may be requested by a local, regional, or state agency
  • Open enrollment classes are being offered at regional venues around the country

Email training@ctaa.org for the latest offerings; visit our training calendar for more information on the VMMI program.


Len Cahill
Telephone: 202.415.9653
800.891.0590 x705
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