Pupil Transportation

School Bus Driver Training Instructor

Published: 4/10/2024 9:35 AM

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Kentucky Department of Education Pupil ​​Transportation School Bus Driver Training Instructor Program currently has 695​ state certified School Bus Driver Training Instructors who are responsible for training approximately 8,379​​​ certified School Bus Drivers statewide.​ 

All certified​ School Bus Driver Training Instructors are required t​​o complete a​n initial​ 5-day certification course and a 6-hour annual update training. Kentucky is nationally recognized for it's school bus driver training with many states modeling our program. Please note​ that KDE does not charge a fee for training.​​

Photo of Joe Shepherd teaching a Driver Trainer Instructor class.

​2024 Driver Training Instructor Workshop Schedule​

​Registration Link
April 1, 2024 – April 5, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
​Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Conference Center - Room C118
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 4060​1​
Register for the April 1-5, 2024, School Bus Driver Training Instructor Workshop
June 3, 2024 – June 7, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST

Kentucky Public Service Commission.
211 Sower Boulevard
Frankfort, KY 40601​
Register for the June 3 - 7, 2024, School Bus Driver Training Instructor Workshop
July 8, 2024 – July 12, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Conference Center - Room C118
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40601​​
Register for the July 8-12, 2024, School Bus Driver Training Instructor Workshop
July 15, 2024 – July 19, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
Kentucky Department of Education
Conference Room A 
300 Sower Blvd Frankfort, KY 40601​​​
Register for the July 15-19, 2024, School Bus Driver Training Instructor Workshop​​
July 22, 2024 – July 24, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
C. B. Young Jr. Service Center
3001 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, KY 40209
Register for the July 22-24, 2024, School Bus Driver Training Instructor Workshop​

School Bus Driver Training Instructor​ Workshop Requirements

Note: Space is limited! Each school district may only nominate 4 trainees for the training program each year.

What to Bring:

  • ​​​​Laptop or Tablet: All participants will need a laptop or tablet to access course materials and create content. If you don't have one, contact Joe Shepherd​ for additional information.

​Workshop Assessments:

  • ​Your skills will be evaluated in several areas, including loading/unloading procedures, railroad safety, and overall driving, attitude and presentation abilities.

Skill & Knowledge Requirements​​:

  • Safe Driving Habits: You should demonstrate safe and excellent driving skills and techniques.
  • Effective Communication: You should be comfortable speaking and presenting information to others.
  • School Bus Knowledge: You should have a strong understanding of basic school bus driver procedures.
  • Open to Learning: A willingness to learn and be coached is essential.
  • Computer Proficiency: You must be able to submit bus driver records electronically to the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

Pre-Registration Require​m​ents:

  • CMV Instructor Qualifications: You must meet all state and federal requirements to be a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) instructor.
  • Valid CDL with Endorsements: You need a valid Class A or B CDL with passenger (P) and school bus (S) endorsements.
  • Medical Examiner's Certificate: A valid Medical Examiner's Certificate​ signed by an individual listed on the​ FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners​​ is required.
  • Driving Experience: You must have at least 2 years of experience driving a commercial motor vehicle requiring a CDL of the same or higher class and/or the same endorsement.​
  • Director Recommendation: Your school district's Director of Transportation must recommend you for the program.
  • School District Email Address: You must provide a valid school district email address when registering. Make sure to check your inbox regularly for updates.
  • KDE School Bus Driver Database Registration
    • You will receive instructions before the workshop to register as a District User for KDE's School Bus Driver Database.
    • After registering for District User access, you must contact your local school district's WAAPOC for district level account approval.​​ Locate your school district's WAAPOC's contact information​.​


​Joe Shepherd
Office of Finance and Operations​
Division of District Support
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5279 Ext. 4411

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