Bus Classes & Driver Qualifications

  • NEXT BUS CLASS: August 13-15, 2018. Classes will be from 8am - 4pm each day.  July 31, August 1 & 2 will be from 8:30am - 4:30pm. These classes will be held at the bus garage.   You must have an application on file, completed an interview and been invited to class.

                    School Bus Driver Instruction           

    Before becoming a school bus driver for the district, drivers must meet strict requirements. They include, but are not limited to:

    • At least 18 years old.
    • Possess a valid NC CDL (Commercial Driver's License) with P (Passenger) and S (School Bus) Endorsements and a clean driving record.
    • Pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
    • Pass a pre-employment drug test.

    School Bus Driver Training Checklist:

    For those drivers that are new to North Carolina, or that reside in North Carolina, but do not have a CDL, training classes are mandatory prior to getting behind the wheel. All candidates are pre-screened before inviting them to the training classes. Below is a brief summary of the process.

    • Apply to Union County Public Schools via AppliTrack @ http://www.applitrack.com/ucps/onlineapp/
    • Background check.
    • Selected to attend training class by interview panel.
    • Successfully pass written tests for their Commercial Driver's License.
    • Pass a pre-employment drug test.
    • Obtain a Class B Learner's Permit and hold for 14 days.
    • Successfully pass three days of on-the-road training with DMV Driver Trainer.
    • All criteria listed above must also be met before employment.