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School Bus Driver Instructor Training Programs



Cherrie Williams
Regional Transportation Office
Educational Service District 112
(360) 952-3641

Course Requirement & Content:

Rodney McKnight
Regional Transportation Office
Educational Service District 112
(360) 952-3595

School Bus Driver Instructors are an essential part of the student transportation team in any district. School bus driver instructor certification is required by chapter 392-144 WAC and overseen by OSPI. To become an authorized school bus driver instructor in Washington State, qualified applicants must complete a two-week Instructor Training Course. Once certified, school bus driver instructors are required to complete annual Inservice Training.

About this course: Qualified applicants must successfully complete this two-week training program to become an authorized school bus driver instructor in Washington state. With time spent in the classroom and behind the wheel of a school bus, participants receive training in all aspects of school bus driver training including writing and presenting lesson plans, effective classroom instruction, reference point driving instruction, and the rules and regulations of the Washington state pupil transportation industry.

Course Requirements: Participants must hold a Class A or B commercial driver's license with passenger and school bus endorsement and air brake restriction removed, and also meet all minimum requirements for school bus drivers as prescribed in chapter 392-144 WAC. Applicants must also provide a school bus driver abstract of driving record. Participants in this course are required to have at least two years of experience as an authorized school bus drive in Washington State.

Course Information
Date: July 13-24, 2020
Duration: Two-week course
Location: ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver WA
Cost: $1,200.00 - Course Only - Does not include lodging/meals
Class Size Limit: 48
Additional Registration Information

School Bus Driver Instructor Inservice Class

About this course: Washington State school bus driver instructors are required to complete an annual inservice training class in order to maintain their authorization. These classes are offered in numerous locations across the state each spring. School bus driver instructors must verify continued compliance to chapter 392-144 WAC.

Course requirements: Must be a certified school bus driver instructor.

When: Various dates in May and June

Where: Various locations throughout the state

Inservice Information & Registration

Register: Registration begins each year, the first of March, for the School Bus Driver Instructor Inservice course. Registration is through ESD 112:

  1. Go to ESD 112 Courses. In the upper right hand corner click on "Log in" to access your existing account; if you are a first-time user, click on "activate your account".
  2. Search courses by title; "School Bus Driver Instructor Inservice Class".
  3. Click on the desired course title to review.

To register for a course, click "register" and proceed to checkout. An email confirmation will be sent to you when you have successfully registered. In the event of any changes or cancellations, an email will be sent to you at the email address you provided at log in.

2019-2020 School Year Inservice Training Materials

Available at ESD 112 - Past inservice training materials are also available at ESD 112