This training course was developed in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Transit Safety Network and produced by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research.
The Instructor Guide is meant to be printed and to serve as a guide for Florida’s transit trainers. The PowerPoint presentation and agency specific videos, scenarios, and policies should be incorporated into the classroom training. The Participant Guide is to be provided to each learner along with a copy of the agency’s specific policy .
The goal of the The Art of Defusing Conflict: De-Escalation Techniques for Transit Operators course is to teach public transportation employees about techniques to defuse stressful passenger situations. In addition, participants will learn about their agency specific rules, policies, and restrictions; and how best to handle difficult situations while operating a public transit vehicle, as well as relevant state laws and regulations.
At the conclusion of this training course, participants will be able to:
- Define the terms “conflict” and “de-escalation”
- Identify situations that can cause passenger frustrations and recognize ways to reduce stressors
- Demonstrate techniques to defuse stressful situations to achieve positive outcomes
- Interpret state laws and agency policies with regard to difficult passengers and situations
This training program may be customized to include agency specific policies and procedures. The instructor can modify the place holders in the PowerPoint Presentation with their agency’s policies and procedures. It is critical for instructors to thoroughly review each element of their agency’s policy on fare evasion, angry and upset passengers, and rude behavior and for participants to clearly understand the policy.
Required Training Materials
Post Training Activity Report
A list of training participants must be sent to Stephanie Lewis within 30 days of the in person training class.
Computer Based Training
The online version of the training course is ONLY applicable to current employees of a Florida public transit agency. All other agencies should utlize the instructor led version above.
The 90-minute The Art of Defusing Conflict: De-Escalation Techniques for Transit Operators computer based training (CBT) offers transit trainers and operators a self-paced, online training program on operator de-escalation techniques; agency specific rules, policies, and restrictions; and how best to handle difficult situations while operating a public transit vehicle.
The CBT must be completed in its entirety 9 modules, you will have an opportunity to assess your knowledge. You must pass each assessment, including the post-test assessment, with an 80% before you can move to the next module. If you have difficulties with a particular module, you may repeat it until you reach the necessary standard. You will receive your certificate after you have successfully completed all 9 sections and completed the Course Evaluation.
Successful completion of the CBT is required for all transit operator trainers who plan of teaching the classroom version of The Art of Defusing Conflict: De-Escalation Techniques for Transit Operators computer based training.