What does a School Bus Driver do?
A School Bus Driver transports children to and from school, or during field trips. They ensure all students get on and off the bus safely and arrive safely at their destination. They are required to assist any passengers with disabilities to enter and exit the bus safely. Additionally, they are required to maintain a safe environment throughout the journey. This includes making sure the students are not causing harm to one another and are abiding by all safety rules put in place by the bus service or school board. The School Bus Driver also has the responsibility of intervening in difficult situations, such as bullying incidents, while the children are in their care.
School Bus Driver skills and qualifications
Being a School Bus Driver is a challenging job. Some of the important skills and qualifications to look for in a successful candidate include:
- Ability to load and unload cargo of varying weight
- Excellent driving skills with a clean record
- Knowledge of safety regulations
- Ability to use a GPS
- Outstanding communication skills
- Good problem-solving skills
- Required licence to operate a school bus
School Bus Driver experience requirements
A successful School Bus Driver candidate generally does not need experience as a bus driver. They do need a valid School Bus Driver’s licence and a clean driving record. School Bus Driver licences vary, depending on the province or the vehicle being driven.
School Bus Driver education and training requirements
A good candidate for a School Bus Driver job will have a secondary school diploma and appropriate driver’s licence. In Ontario, eligible candidates must have a Class B, C, E or F licence, while In Quebec, a School Bus Driver must also receive Motor Bus Driver certification from the Société de l’assurance d’automobile du Québec. Some positions may also require a School Bus Driver to hold a certificate of completion of a three-year Certified Professional Bus Operator (CPBO) training course.
School Bus Driver salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average School Bus Driver in Canada earns $20.73 per hour. Rates will vary based on geographical location, type of transportation service needed, and level of experience. Drivers with extra certifications earn more than drivers without accreditation.
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