To apply online, click here. If qualified, you will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview. All classroom instruction and all on-the-bus training will be provided.
You will attend a minimum of twenty hours of classroom instruction. Typically these classes are scheduled over a five-day period during daytime hours or in the evening.
You are required to obtain a Class “B” CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) Learner’s Permit with the following endorsements: “P” for “passenger transport” and “S” for “school bus.” You may download The Florida CDL Handbook at www.hsmv.state.fl.us to prepare for the following four written tests you will need to pass:
- General Knowledge Class “B”
- Air Brakes
- School Bus
The school district will also provide all the necessary training needed to prepare you for the CDL “on the road” and pre-trip examinations. These examinations are given by CDL testers employed in the Palm Beach School District Transportation Department.
There is no charge the first time you take the test. Should you fail a test, you will be charged $5.00 for each portion you need to retake.
ALWAYS READ YOUR PERMIT OR LICENSE BEFORE LEAVING THE DRIVERS LICENSE BUREAU FOR ACCURACY.
You will be required to pass a Department of Education (DOE) physical examination, for which the school district pays. During the first day of driver training class, you will be informed of the date and time for your physical appointment.
Current standards mandate six hours of observation which involves you to observe current school bus driver while he/she drives their regular route. Upon successfully obtaining your CDL, you will then drive the bus for a minimum of eight hours without students and twelve hours with students.
For general questions regarding the application process please call the Help Desk at 561-242 4100.