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7/15/2002



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BNSF offers transportation heads computer-based certification training


Burlington Northern Santa Fe plans July 15 to roll out to all field locations a computer-based training (CBT) certification program for transportation supervisors.


To complete required training by Nov. 15, transportation managers now can access the certification program on any of BNSF’s 650 computer terminals at more than 200 CBT centers or via the railroad's Intranet site on a desktop or laptop computer (which requires a video CD containing course materials), according to a statement prepared July 12.


The CBT program, which includes three exams and averages eight to nine hours to complete, covers BNSF's Equal Employment Opportunity policy; general code of operating rules; air brake and train handling policies; hazardous materials procedures; and substance abuse, drug and alcohol testing, and post-accident testing guides. Optional training modules include fuel management, distributed power, crew resource management and fatigue countermeasures.


"If at any time supervisors want to review a lesson, the CBT course is at their fingertips as a resource, either in preparation for an exam or after the exam has been completed," said Daryl Steckler, BNSF director of training services. "For instance, if a supervisor has a question about how to handle a drug and alcohol testing issue at some point later in the year, the CBT lesson on that topic is available any time."


BNSF also plans in late July to roll out a CBT certification course for engineering supervisors; the railroad already offers a CBT certification program for mechanical supervisors.


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