School Bus Endorsement ELDT Certificate
An ELDT (entry-level driver training) certification for a school bus endorsement is a training program designed to prepare individuals to operate school buses safely and obtain a school bus endorsement on their commercial driver's license (CDL). The ELDT certification program includes both classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training, focusing on topics such as passenger safety, traffic laws, and student transportation regulations.
Upon completion of the ELDT certification program, individuals who meet all the requirements will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed the necessary training to obtain a school bus endorsement on their CDL. With this endorsement, individuals will be able to operate school buses and transport students to and from school and school-related activities.
School Bus ELDT certification is typically required in addition to a commercial driver's license (CDL).
In the United States, the minimum age to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a School Bus endorsement is 21 years old. Minimum age requirements for obtaining a CDL and a School Bus endorsement may vary by state. Some states may have different age requirements for different types of CDLs or endorsements. It is always best to check with your state's licensing agency for specific age requirements.
States often impose additional requirements on applicants to ensure that they can transport children safely. These requirements may include a criminal background check, including a check of the sex offender registry.
School Bus endorsement key points
School bus drivers must also be able to pass a background check and may be required to have a clean criminal record. This is because school bus drivers are responsible for the safety and well-being of children, and employers want to ensure that they can trust the drivers who are transporting their students.
School bus drivers must be able to demonstrate strong communication and customer service skills, as they may be interacting regularly with students, parents, and school staff.
To operate full-size school buses, drivers must also obtain a Passenger endorsement on their CDL.
School bus drivers may be required to hold additional certifications or licenses, depending on the state in which they operate. For example, some states may require school bus drivers to be certified in first aid.
School bus drivers may be required to adhere to additional regulations, such as wearing a uniform while on duty and maintaining a professional appearance.
Demand for school bus drivers may vary by location and by the specific type of school bus being operated.