Necessary Steps to Become a School Bus Driver

• Application form to be filled out.
• Interview
• Current driving record from DMV,required at interview
• Criminal Background Check

• Videos

These videos must be watched in our viewing room during normal business hours.

• Pre-Employment Drug Screen/ DOT Physical

       Kottkes’ will schedule a pre-employment drug screen and a DOT physical for you, at Kottkes’ expense. Both of these steps are required to drive a school bus.

• Written permit tests – taken at the MN State Drivers Exam Station

General knowledge – CDL
School Bus 

       Cost of Permits: $15.50 (reimbursed by Kottkes’)

(No Airbrake test- we do not train or test for airbrakes & you will not be licensed to drive them.)

• Classroom training

This is scheduled upon completion of the videos. Classroom training will consist of Kottkes’ policies, school district policies, defensive driving systems, and student management.

• Behind the Wheel

Behind the wheel training will be scheduled after you have completed the steps listed above. You will be working on an individual basis with an instructor. The instructor will schedule your road test when they feel you have mastered the necessary competencies. 

• Road Test

Our third party examiner will conducting the road test on site, using the bus you trained in. Any new licensee who does not work as a driver for 3 months, will have their school bus endorsement cancelled by the State of Minnesota.

• Training Compensation

        We offer paid training and a hiring bonus.