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Bus Driver Training

School Bus Driver Safety Certification Training is a state-mandated program to provide an initial 20 hours of safety certification training required of all school bus drivers. Also, an eight-hour re-certification training for all drivers every three years, thereafter. The purpose of this training is to assist schools in providing safety for students while being transported to and from school and on school-sponsored trips.

Instructors are located throughout our 17-county region with classes scheduled periodically throughout the year.

Taking a re-certification class within 180 days prior to expiration date is recommended. A driver cannot legally drive a Texas school bus if their expiration date has passed.

  • 1. Bus drivers must have a valid Texas CDL license, either Class A or B (with P and S endorsements.)
    2. Bus drivers must be at least 21 years of age.
    3. Bus drivers must have a safe driving record in accordance with state law and district requirements.
    4. All drivers must pass a physical examination by a TxDOT-certified physician each year. The day the physical is taken invalidates the previous physical. If failed, the driver must notify Transportation management immediately. Under DOT regulations, a driver cannot drive with a failed physical.
    5. TX DPS requires that all Texas CDL holders must provide a Self-Certification Affidavit (CDL-7) at the time of license renewal and/or changes required by TxDOT.
    6. Bus drivers with a class A or B State CDL license must complete the approved "state certification”. (Refresher course every 3 years)
  • 1. To obtain full initial driver certification, a person must complete a twenty-hour basic training course. The training agency shall issue a "Texas School Bus Driver Safety Training Certificate" in a timely manner, and submit the necessary verification information to the Texas Education Agency.

    2. Driver state certification will remain valid for a period of three (3) calendar years as indicated by the expiration date on the certificate. Certification may be revoked or suspended for the conviction of certain criminal offenses as provided by state law.

    3. State law requires that every driver transporting students in a school bus MUST have in their possession a valid state certificate stating that they have completed, or are enrolled in, an approved school bus driver training course, as well as, a current DOT physical and valid Texas CDL.

    4. Anyone whose certification has expired CANNOT legally operate a school bus for the transportation of students until such time as they become re-certified or obtain a re-enrollment (emergency) certificate. The following rules shall apply to certification renewals:

    a. To avoid a lapse in certification, an eight-hour refresher course must be completed prior to the expiration date, and should be completed during the six-month (180-day) period immediately preceding the date of expiration. If the required training is completed within this time, state certification will then be renewed for a period of three calendar years from the upcoming expiration date.

    b. During the twelve-month interval immediately following certification expiration, an eight-hour refresher course may be completed for certification renewal. Failure to satisfactorily complete the refresher course or the requested issuance of an enrollment certificate during this dormant time interval will require the completion of a twenty-hour basic training course in order to reinstate full certification status.

    c. If the eight-hour refresher course is completed more than 180 days prior to the certification expiration or during the twelve-month interval following expiration, certification will then be renewed for a period of three calendar years from the actual date of the completion of the course.


Training Schedule
  • Type
    Date Location Session Instructor
    Bus Driver CDL TOT April 22, 2019 Kilgore, Texas 081860 Jason Ewing

  • Type
    Date Location Session Instructor
    20 Hour Certification May 4 & 11 & 18, 2019 Elysian Fields, TX 083009 Ken Wall
    8 Hr Recertification May 11, 2019 Jacksonville, TX 080708 Bill Avera

  • Type
    Date Location Session Instructor
    8 Hr Recertification June 1, 2019 Lufkin, Texas 081979 Lidia Ortega
    8 Hr Recertification June 3, 2019 Hudson ISD Bus Barn 083784 Carl Franks
    8 Hr Recertification June 3-4, 2019 Gladewater, TX 083831 Scott Mann
    20 Hr Certification June 3-5, 2019 Lindale, TX 083841 Pete Ridge
    20 Hr Certification June 4 - 6, 2019 Hudson ISD Bus Barn 083786 Carl Franks
    8 Hr Recertification June 6, 2019 Lindale, TX 083843 Pete Ridge
    8 Hr Recertification June 7, 2019 Lindale, TX 083847 Pete Ridge

  • Type
    Date Location Session Instructor
    20 Hr Certification July 8 - 10, 2019 Marshall, TX 083827 Kenneth Adams
    20 Hr Certification July 11 - 13, 2019 Lufkin, TX 083792 Lidia Ortega
    8 Hr Recertification July 27, 2019 Lufkin, TX 083798 Lidia Ortega
    8 Hr Recertification July 29, 2019 Woden ISD Vocational Bldg 083788 Carl Franks
    20 Hr Certification July 30 - August 1, 2019 Woden ISD Vocational Bldg 083790 Carl Franks

  • Type
    Date Location Session Instructor
    20 Hr Certification August 1 - 3, 2019 Lufkin, TX 083800 Lidia Ortega


Contact Us

Ronnie Hemann
Deputy Executive Director, School Operations
rhemann@esc7.net
(903) 988-6834

Rhonda Baird
Administrative Secretary
rbaird@esc7.net
(903) 988-6842

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