The online training courses are offered through the CSU online training portal called SkillSoft. The courses are assigned to you after you register for the course. You will receive an email from the SkillSoft Training Administrator.
To manually access SkillSoft: Go to www.csustan.edu, Click on Faculty/Staff in the top menu bar, Scroll to the section called Technology & Professional Development, click on SkillSoft and login using your credentials. Select Stanislaus for the campus and click login. Click on View My Plan and search for the courses: Defensive Driving Fundamentals and/or CSU Powered Carts. Click Launch to take the course.
Both Defensive Driver and Small Vehicle Safety certificates are valid for 4 years. You must retake the online courses when the four years expire (if you plan to continue driving privileges). The system will automatically send you a new notification email from the SkillSoft Training Administrator that is due.
A DL or Driver’s License inquiry is a request from the Department of Motor Vehicles to look at your driving record to determine if you have any violations that would cause you not to be able to drive for University Business. Employers have the right to view your driving record through the Employer Pull Notification (EPN) program with the California DMV. When you complete the Defensive Driver registration process online for the University, you agree to have your DL reviewed.
The EPN or Employee Pull Notification Program is a program to allow the University to monitor driver’s license records of employees who drive on behalf of the University. All individuals who are paid by the University are automatically enrolled in the program. When you complete the Defensive Driver registration process online for the University, you also agree to have your DL reviewed.
Your certificate of completions are located within the CSU online training portal called SkillSoft.
Go to www.csustan.edu, Click on Faculty/Staff in the top menu bar, Scroll to the section called Technology & Professional Development, Click on SkillSoft and login using your credentials. Select Stanislaus for the campus and click login. Click on View My Plan and search for the courses: Defensive Driving Fundamentals and/or CSU Powered Carts. Click on the course, Click More Actions, View Certificate.
Only University employees, enrolled students, and official volunteers age 18 and over who meet the following criteria may drive for University business: You must have a Valid California State Driver’s License, Good driving record, Insurance, and completed the defensive driver training. Drivers for University business who will use a rental vehicle must be 21 years of age or older.
University employees are those persons who have completed all prerequisites for Stanislaus State employment. This includes all faculty, staff, student assistants and those on volunteer status.
Defensive Driving FAQs
To register for Defensive Driver, please visit the registration webpage at https://www.csustan.edu/training-development/defensive-driver-training
Drivers must report the accident immediately to their supervisor and the S&RM Director.
If the accident happened on-campus, the driver should call the University Police Department (UPD) at 209-667-3114, who will investigate the scene, take photos, and complete a Form STD.270 (See Attachment B).
Driver completes the Form STD.270 (See Attachment B) within 24 hours following the accident, and submits it to their supervisor who will make copies and submit to S&RM.
If the accident happened in a Rental Vehicle: Drivers must report the loss immediately to the rental car agency. The contact information should be located on the rental agreement. Refer the rental agency to the State Office of Risk and Insurance Management (ORIM) to expedite the claim.
How long is the online course?
The Defensive Driver Fundamentals course is approximately 54 minutes long.
The Department of Motor Vehicles states that you are required to obtain a California State Driver’s License within 10 days of relocating.
If you are in the process of obtaining your CDL, but have not yet received it. You will need to still register for defensive driving and/or small vehicle safety as well as provide additional information to S&RM to add you to the EPN Program. Information needed as it appears on your license: Full name, DOB, address, driver’s license number and class license code.
April Dunham-Filson, Defensive Driver Program Coordinator or Amy Thomas, S&RM Director can answer any questions about the Defensive Driver Program.
Small Vehicle Safety FAQs
To register for Small Vehicle Safety, please visit the registration webpage at https://www.csustan.edu/training-development/defensive-driver-training. You would do the same registration process as the Defensive Driver training. If your defensive driver has not expired yet, you can still register for Small Vehicle Safety, just notate in the comments section that your defensive driver has not expired.
In the event that you have an accident in a small vehicle immediately contact the University Police Department (209-667-3114) to report and investigate all accidents. The driver at the time of the accident must complete State of California “Vehicle Accident Report” STD. 270. The Supervisor must complete the State of California “State Driver Accident Review” STD. 274 form.
The CSU Powered Carts course is approximately 30 minutes long.
“Small Vehicles” include, but are not limited to: three or four wheeled electric or gas powered golf carts, utility vehicles, tractors, all-terrain vehicles, small maintenance vehicles, escort shuttles, or disabled transport carts.
In-Person Practical Exercises are offered once a month. Once both online courses are completed, the coordinator will contact you with the next available date.
Facilities Services Auto Mechanic Shop provides all maintenance for small vehicles on campus. They assure proper mechanical maintenance and that any problems discovered during operation, safety check or in the course of routine maintenance are immediately scheduled for an Auto Mechanic diagnosis and they will report maintenance issues to S&RM related to their misuse.
It is the responsibility of the department to assure that small vehicles under your department’s control are properly and routinely maintained. If you have any problems with your vehicles, do not attempt to do the work yourself. Call Facilities Services (209-667-3211) for assistance.
Yes vendors or 3rd party renters of University Faculties who have completed all terms and insurance requirements of a lease or service contract may be allowed to drive small vehicles on campus; however, they must also comply with the safe operation and rules as set forth in the Small Safety Vehicle Program. They must notify the University Defensive Driver and Small Vehicle Safety Coordinator of all small vehicles brought to campus and they must ensure that vendors comply with all agreements as outlined in their rental contract, particularly insurance, as it relates to small vehicles on campus property.