Bus Driver Training Program

Bus driver training programs prepare you for driving a bus through a mixture of classroom and hands-on training. Read about what you will learn, the licensure requirements, employment outlook and online options. Schools offering Driver Training degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in a Bus Driver Training Program?

Bus driver training can span from 80-400 hours and includes both classroom instruction and driving lessons. Programs usually cover bus safety, along with state traffic rules and regulations. You'll learn to read route maps, memorize bus schedules, collect bus fares and track your gas consumption. You'll also practice your communication skills and learn to resolve potential problems with passengers. Common topics that you'll explore during a program include:

  • Bus safety protocols
  • Map and route reading
  • Road driving skills
  • Backing and maneuvering techniques
  • Bus operations
  • Customer relations skills

Common CoursesCustomer relations skills, bus operations, backing and maneuvering techniques, road driving skills, map and route reading
Training program requirementsHigh school diploma or GED, and a valid driver's license
Professional LicensureCommercial driver's license (CDL)
Job Outlook6% increase from 2014-2024
Online AvailabilityPartially, students can gain access to online study guides, readings and quizzes for the CDL written exam

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

To begin a bus driver training program, you typically must hold your high school diploma or GED. Some schools also require you to have a valid driver's license before beginning a program.

How Can I Obtain Licensure?

To work as a bus driver, you must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL), which requires you to pass written and driving tests. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that states also require you to earn a passenger vehicle endorsement, which involves passing a written exam and a skills exam operating a bus vehicle (www.bls.gov). Your training program should prepare you for all the components of these exams.

In addition to passing your tests, you usually must have good vision and hearing. You must be at least 18 years old to drive a bus within state borders, but some employers prefer drivers to be at least 24 years old.

What Is the Job Outlook?

If you complete training and earn your CDL, you can work as a school, transit or intercity bus driver. The BLS reported that school bus driver positions were predicted to grow as fast as the average from 2014-2024. Transit bus drivers could expect good job prospects due to increases in public transportation funding.

The BLS stated that school bus drivers earned a mean annual salary of $28,850 as of May 2014. Transit and intercity bus drivers made a mean yearly wage of $37,470.

Can I Find Online Options?

Fully online bus driver training programs aren't available due to the need to practice for the skills test by driving under the guidance of a professional. You can, however, gain access to online study guides, readings and quizzes for the CDL written exam. Additionally, state DMV websites often provide online study manuals that can help you prepare for the written license exam.

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