To work as a school bus driver, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- complete short-term, on-the-job training; and
- have a commercial driver's license (CDL).
School bus drivers receive at least four weeks of driving instruction and classes. You learn state and local laws, rules, and policies for operating school buses. You also study safe driving practices, addressing the needs of students with disabilities, and first aid. In addition, you learn to deal with students and how to evacuate the bus in an emergency.
During training, you practice driving on closed courses. You practice turns, zigzags, and parking. You start by driving in light traffic and eventually drive in heavy traffic. On your first few runs, an experienced driver instructor accompanies you.
School bus drivers must have a commercial driver's license (CDL). To qualify for a CDL, you must pass both a written and a driving exam. You also must have a good driving record.