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Professional Education & 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 Gives Free Access to ABA Members

Through May 15, ABA members can participate in popular ABA Marketplace speaker John Kennedy’s on Demand program. Get all the professional education right at home or at the office – on your time! 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


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

Marketplace Education


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:


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Access the comprehensive ABA member benefits kit here.

The American Bus Association serves a thriving industry that provides nearly 600 million passenger trips annually on charters, tours, scheduled service, and shuttles. Membership in ABA includes motorcoach operators, tour operators, tourism-related organizations, and products and service suppliers.

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