Bus Driver Requirements

There are many opportunities and benefits available to a person interested in becoming a school bus driver. If you are considering becoming a bus driver, you must have or acquire the following necessary qualifications:

  • A Manitoba class 2 driver's license to operate a school bus
  • A School Bus Operator Certificate
  • A First Aid Certificate
  • High School diploma preferred 

Manitoba Education Requirements:

To drive a school bus carrying passengers in Manitoba, individuals are required to meet the training requirements of both Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and Manitoba Education. Please see Manitoba Education's  Pupil Transportation requirements on the Manitoba Education Web site.

Application Process:

To begin the application process, please complete the non-teaching support staff application form indicating you are interested in becoming a school bus driver under b) general application.  Typically the school division offers bus driver training twice a year – in fall and in spring. You will be contacted prior to the start of the training course. There is no cost to attend the school bus driver training course.  The course includes 24 hours classroom instruction, practical instruction in a school bus, school bus driver handbook, and standard first aid certificate.

When you have completed the training course and are evaluated by a school bus driver trainer and if you currently hold a class 2 or class 1 licence, or upgrade to a class 2 licence from MPI, you will be interviewed by administration from GVSD to determine suitability as a school bus driver for Garden Valley School Division. Participants are responsible for the cost of the child abuse registry check, criminal record check, and driver’s abstract, written tests required by MPI (class 2 and school bus), and practical class 2/school bus road test, as well as the medical required to obtain a class 2 licence. When you  provide all the above information, completed the school bus driver course and passed all the required tests and obtained a recommendation from GVSD as a result of the interview process, GVSD will request Manitoba Education, Pupil Transportation Unit, to issue a School Bus Operator’s Certificate for you. 

Route bus drivers in Garden Valley School Division are members of the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). Please do not hesitate to contact the Garden Valley School Division office at 325-8335 and ask to speak to Angela Plett, Transportation Supervisor, if you have any further questions.