School Bus drivers must obtain a Class B CDL with Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsement. If you are driving a charter bus or a school bus that is a color other than school bus yellow, all you need is the Passenger (P) endorsement. We do all of that training here at Red Star with our buses. The testing is performed by a 3rd party tester.
We hold our drivers to a higher standard than other school bus companies and districts. Our drivers must be trained to handle any situation because the types of trips and activities our drivers perform vary much more widely than the average school bus driver’s.
What does it take to become a school bus driver?
If you have never driven a bus before, you can learn to do so easily with our highly skilled trainers. Here are some of the basic requirements:
- You must be 21 years or older
- You cannot have a criminal record (other than minor traffic violations)
- You need a DOT Physical Examination Card
The only text you will need is the state CDL Handbook; you can purchase one at our offices. Don’t be surprised if we give you more information than what is in the handbook; we are more thorough because we want to help you feel confident and safe when driving a bus in any situation. We teach you all the tips and tricks of the trade. Our trainers have decades of experience in training and managing teams of school bus drivers; so, trust us. We know what we are doing.
The 3rd party testing typically includes a driving skills test and a written test. We spend plenty of time on the driving course and going over the pre and post trip inspections to give you the practice you need to pass the test with flying colors. We also teach you the tricks for acing the written portion of the exam.
We have every confidence that you can be a school bus driver. After you are out on the road, you will be happy you chose us as your trainer.
How much does it Cost?
If you would like a quote for training the drivers for your organization, give us a call in our main office. (801) 685-8560