Australian governments are moving to zero-emissions buses to meet carbon emission targets. Hydrogen fuel cells for buses and heavy vehicles, and their associated refueling infrastructure, are now becoming economically viable. Limited training opportunities exist for fuel cell buses in Australia.
South West TAFE, Deakin University and Federation University are collaborating on a project to deliver a new set of accredited units critical for the safe operation and maintenance of fuel cell buses, with the aim to develop or curate learning resources and run three pilot groups by the end of 2024. Training will be for employees, drivers and mechanics and designed to be readily adapted for other hydrogen heavy vehicles.