Cascades West
Training Center

Cascades West Training Center offers nationally certified training to OCWCOG’s Regional transportation providers, including non-emergent medical transport, public transportation, human services transport, and volunteer drivers.

Available Training Classes
  • Red Cross Adult CPR/First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogen Certification
    Learn how to recognize and respond to medical emergencies, how to provide immediate care in cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive, and how to protect yourself and others from bodily fluids using personal protective equipment following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Certification valid for two years.
  • National Safety Council Defensive Driving Certification
    This class provides core knowledge and principals to drive defensively, and reinforces safe driving techniques and collision prevention strategies. Whether an experienced driver, assuming new driving tasks or commuting to work, this course helps keep drivers and their passengers safer by focusing on behavior, judgment, decision-making and consequences. Certification valid for three years.
  • Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Passenger Assistance Safety and Sensitivity (PASS) Certification
    Become familiar and proficient at passenger assistance, disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it relates to transportation, hands-on wheelchair securement, and emergency evacuation techniques. Certification valid for three years.

*Please click HERE to review the new in-person training guideline.

Training Calendar for 2024
  • January 19-20
  • February 09-10
  • March 15-16 (Toledo)
  • April 19-20
  • May 17-18
  • June 21-22
  • July 19-20
  • August 16-17
  • September 20-21 (Toledo)
  • October 18-19
  • November 15-16
  • December 13-14
Registration and Costs

All participants must be registered for classes in advance. Class limits do apply, and classes may be postponed for low enrollment. Classes are offered at the Albany location, unless otherwise specified.

To register for class or to schedule group trainings (6 or more individuals) in your community, please contact Andrew and Shaun (

OCWCOG Albany Office
1400 Queen Avenue SE
Albany, OR 97322

OCWCOG Toledo Office
203 North Main Street
Toledo, OR 97391

All trainings are scheduled as follows (As of April 01, 2024)

Friday, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Red Cross First Aid/CPR


Friday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

National Safety Council Defensive Driving


Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

(30 min lunch break)

Passenger Assistance Safety and Sensitivity


Friday and Saturday

All three trainings


Light snacks and refreshments will be provided; feel free to bring your own food/beverage.

*Classes may be rescheduled due to low enrollment.

*A $44 discount can be applied for scheduling all three classes at the same time.

Scholarship Opportunity

Rural transportation providers may qualify for a scholarship to cover the costs of training through the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Reimbursement Process:

  • Agency submits scholarship form prior to training.
  • ODOT reviews and approves/declines form.
  • Agency pays for the training in advance.
  • Agency submits for reimbursement within 45 days.
  • ODOT sends reimbursement funds.

To apply for a scholarship, please click HERE.

NOTE, when completing scholarship, include “OCWCOG-Name of Training,” under Event Name.

Contact Us

Andrew Freborg & Shaun McClearn        Ride Line Schedulers