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Minnesota Crossing Guard Training

Welcome to the Minnesota Crossing Guard Training! Thank you for helping students around Minnesota to safely walk and bicycle to school!

To complete the Minnesota Crossing Guard Training, click on the first module below. At the end of each module, return to this page.

Continue clicking to complete each module.

You can pause at any time and return to this page in the future. The last module is a knowledge assessment. If you pass the knowledge assessment, you will receive a certificate of completion.

It is recommended that crossing guards practice the crossing procedures covered in this training in real-world conditions before their first shift working with children.

Module 1: Why Crossing Guards are Needed (7 Minutes): This module provides an introduction to the Safe Routes to School Program, discusses the impact of walking and biking to school on the mental, emotional, and physical development of children, and details the risks children face when trying to walk or bike to school, including unsafe driver behavior.
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Module 2: Crossing Guard Roles & Conduct (7 Minutes): This module describes the role a crossing guard plays in the community, how a crossing guard should interact with children and traffic, and the standards of conduct that are expected from a crossing guard.
Module 2: Crossing Guard Roles and Conduct
Module 3: Traffic Laws and School Zones (9 Minutes): This module covers the laws and regulations that govern crossing guards and the roadway markings, signs, and signals that crossing guards encounter in the field, including in school zones.
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Module 4: Crossing Guard Equipment and Post Preparation (8 Minutes): This module covers the importance of proper crossing guard safety equipment, including the “stop” paddle and safety vest, and how to prepare both yourself and your assigned crossing post for your shift.
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Module 5: Crossing Protocols (8 Minutes): This module introduces the protocols and traffic search patterns crossing guards use to help children safely cross the street. It also discusses how to work with other crossing guards and student safety patrols.
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Module 6: Pedestrian Traffic Hazards (10 Minutes): This module discusses common hazards caused by people in cars or people walking, what actions to take if there is an emergency, and how to identify vehicle characteristics in case an incident must be reported to law enforcement.
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Module 7: Knowledge Assessment (10 Minutes): This module will test your knowledge of the training material presented in the first six modules through a series of multiple choice and true/false questions. A score of 80% is required to pass and receive a certificate.

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Receiving Your Certificate

  1. To receive your certificate, first click “Get Certificate” on your score report page after completing the knowledge assessment.
  2. When prompted, enter your name and click “Print” or “Email.”
  3. Clicking “Print” opens up a new window displaying the certificate and a button at the top that will open your browser’s print menu and allow you to print the certificate or save it as a PDF file. Pressing “Ctrl + P” on Windows or “Command (⌘) + P” on a Mac using your keyboard will also display print options.
  4. Clicking “Email” opens a new email draft in your email client (Outlook, etc.) that serves as your completion certificate, allowing you to send it directly to your supervisor or crossing guard coordinator.
Crossing Guard Quick Reference Guide: This resource provides a summary of important points for crossing guards to remember.