The Bus and Coach Operator Accreditation Scheme Online Training Course is approved by Transport for NSW as meeting the accreditation requirement of competency to operate bus and coach services.
Transport for NSW is responsible for the regulation of public passenger bus services in NSW (including long distance, tourist and charter services). Under the Passenger Transport Act 2014, all operators of public passenger bus services must be accredited to be able to provide services legally in NSW.
The Act defines a bus as a motor vehicle that seats more than 12 adults. This BOAS Online Training Course only applies to operators of motor vehicles who intend to operate public passenger bus services with vehicles seating more than 12 adults (i.e. motor vehicles with 13 or more seats including the driver). If you intend to operate only vehicles that seat 12 or fewer adults (including the driver) then you should contact Transport for NSW for advice on your options.
One of the requirements to become accredited is to complete the Bus Operator Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) Online Training Course run by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney. For the other requirements to become accredited please visit Transport for NSW and read the BOAS introduction and the Bus Operator Accreditation Package.
The BOAS Online Training Course includes four modules:
The BOAS Online Training Course is delivered through online learning materials including notes, case studies and online quizzes. The final examinations are held at least monthly throughout the year at the Camperdown/Darlington campus at the University of Sydney.
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To pass, you need to successfully complete a computer-based examination. You will need to study the online course material carefully and complete all four practice quizzes and the practice exam before registering to sit the final exam.
If successful, a certificate will be posted within two working days of the exam. Examinations are held at least monthly throughout the year at the Camperdown/Darlington campus at the University of Sydney. Examination dates and times are provided in the online course materials. The exact location for each examination will be provided to students once they register for the examination through the online course.
Registration and payment for this course can be made online.
Within 10 working days you will receive your Login Name (also known as a Unikey) and details on how to set your password via email which will allow you entry into the online training course.
Refunds are only permitted in very limited circumstances. Any refund will be prorated and subject to an administration fee.
Does the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies provide students with accreditation?
Accreditation is obtained through Transport for NSW.
Please refer to the Bus Operator Accreditation Package on the TfNSW website.
How long does it take to complete the course?
The course is self-paced and you have 12 months from registration to study the four modules, complete practice quizzes and practice exams.
Is there a requirement to attend any of the training in Sydney or is everything online?
The course content is only available online through our e-learning site Canvas except the monthly exams which are held on site at the University of Sydney.
Is the final exam face to face or online?
We aim to hold one face to face exam per month at the University of Sydney located in Camperdown NSW 2006.
Is accreditation required for all individuals who will be driving the public passenger bus service or is it only required for the company which then covers all employees working under the company?
Accreditation covers employees under the accredited company. Employees of accredited companies are not required to hold accreditation individually.
The following applies to operators not individual drivers.
Under the Passenger Transport Act 1990, all operators of public passenger bus services must be accredited to be able to provide services legally in NSW, unless otherwise specified by Transport for NSW.
Operators can make an application for an operator accreditation in their own name, in partnership or a company name.
The course must be completed by anyone wishing to be an operator. They can be their own owner driver/operator as an individual or they can do the course as a designated manager for a company.
What happens when my access expires?
ICT will email you three times prior to your full year access expiring. They will email you 3 weeks, 2 weeks and 2 days before expiry. If your initial email address upon registration changes throughout the year, please inform us so that we can update your details and ensure you continue to receive communications regarding your access.
Payment for further access:
If your access expires you will be asked to re-enrol for the full fee. If your access if still current and you’d like an additional year’s access you can renew your access for a discounted fee. Please see our course fees section for further information.