Defensive driving training overview

Employees of the State of Nevada who operate state-owned vehicles are required to complete an initial approved four-hour Defensive Driving Training course and refresher training every four years as outlined by the State Risk Management Division and the State Administrative Manual. The University of Nevada, Reno has incorporated the state training requirements into the broader Vehicle Use Policy found in part 5,100 of the University Administrative Manual.

Certificates of completion:

If employees complete training from any entity other than the University of Nevada, Reno Environmental Health & Safety Department, please forward their certificates of completion to the EH&S Training Manager.

Certificates of completion for courses offered by EH&S can be obtained by logging into the EH&S Learning Management System or by contacting the EH&S Training Manager.

Initial training options:

  • In-person "Defensive Driving Training" from the University of Nevada, Reno Environmental Health & Safety Department
  • Online "Defensive Driving Course (4-hour)" from the National Safety Council
    • The NSC course costs $52.50 (as of February 2024) and should be paid by the employee's department or group
    • 4-hour course available in either English or Spanish

Refresher training options (every 4 years after initial training):

  • Online from Safety National
    • First-time users:
      • Click on “Create new account”
      • Select “University of Nevada, Reno” as your location
      • Enter your first and last names and your email address
    • Returning users:
      • Log in with your existing username and password
      • Click on "Available Courses"
      • Find "Safety National Attention and Distraction”
      • Click on "Access"
    • For technical support regarding the Safety National course, call 800-355-0576 or email
  • Online from the NVeLearn State of Nevada Online Professional Development Center