America's Best Skills Challenge

America's Best Training & Skills Challenge

Each year the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) holds the America's Best Training & Skills Competition, and this year's challenge will function jointly with NAPT's 41ST Annual Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower in Richmond, VA November 6-10.

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America's Best Guest

America's Best contests that are bringing a spouse/partner guest with them, can use the following form for their registered guests. America's Best guests pay $99. Guest registration is required to attend any events with the registered competitor.

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One Registration, Two Outstanding Programs!

Your America's Best registration includes complimentary registration for NAPT's Annual Summit!

For years the America's Best program has offered training and a skills challenge for the technicians and inspectors in the school bus industry. By bringing this unique event together with NAPT's Summit, participants have access to the premier school transportation conference in the nation. In addition to hands-on training through the America's Best program, you'll also have the opportunity to participate in dozens of different workshops specifically designed for technicians and inspectors! Plus, you'll have an opportunity to connect with all of the vendors involved in NAPT's Trade Show on Tuesday, November 10.

After four days in Richmond, VA with your peers from across the country, you'll return to your organization with valuable information, new and enhanced professional connections, and tools and resources designed to ensure student safety, improve efficiency, and increase savings. All of this is included with your America's Best event registration!

Schedule of Events

Schedule is subject to change.

Friday, November 6

1pm Program Check-In
7pm Orientation & Welcome Reception

Saturday, November 7

9am-12pm Training
1-4pm Training
4-5pm Exams
7pm Evening Event in conjunction with NAPT Summit

Sunday, November 8

8am-12pm Hands-on Competition 7pm Evening Event in conjunction with NAPT Summit
Presentation of winners

Monday, November 9

8am-5pm Education & Training Sessions in conjunction with NAPT Summit

Tuesday, November 10

9am-3pm NAPT 41ST Annual Trade Show

The Great American School Bus Race 2015

The 4th Annual Great American School Bus Race will be a featured attraction during the Saturday evening event sponsored by Thomas Built Buses at the 2015 Summit on November 7th. Ever dreamed of racing your very own school bus and blowing the wheels off of the competition? Well, here is your chance. This pine wood derby style race is open to all Summit and America's Best participants.

To challenge for the title you only need to pre-register and then bring your version of a "School Bus" that complies with the regulations outlined on the Racing Form. Buses will be paired in "Heat Races" with the winners advancing toward the finals. So join the fun and be part of the excitement as you experience the sights and sounds of school bus racing live!

Click here to download the Racing Form.

Thank You Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

  • ASE
  • Delco Remy
  • Hydrotex
  • Thomas Built Buses
  • Zonar


General Sponsors

  • Seon
  • UltraLED


Congratulations 2014 Winners!


  • 1st place – KC Allen, II – AL
  • 2nd place – Wayne Southard – SC
  • 3rd place – Aaron Wilmoth – CO



  • 1st place – Brian Stovall – AL
  • 2nd place – Donald Ertel – VA
  • 3rd place –  Jeff Putnam – MO


Specialized Transportation Personnel

  • Erick Osborn – IN