How To Become a Bus Driver
If you want to become a bus driver, the information below will help you along the way towards your goal. If you require any further information, please feel free to call Intertrain.
“Buses are unique heavy vehicles that perform specific tasks. Even driving a truck of the same size is different to driving a truck. Intertrain can train people to perform the specific functions of a bus driver using real bus routes and interchanges.”
Intertrain can provide the training and assessment associated with both of these.
Most route buses only have two axles, one at the front that steers the bus, and one at the back that drives. This bus requires at least and Medium Rigid MR licence. Intertrain can deliver MR licence training and assessment using a bus, not a truck.
This gives drivers a head-start from the beginning because before they have even passed an MR licence, they have already spent time behind the wheel in a controlled, safe environment with a skilled and qualified NSW Driving Instructor.
To drive a passenger vehicle with 13 or more seats the driver must hold a Driver Authority Card. The RMS issue these. As part of the application for a Bus Driver Authority Card, applicants must complete a training course. Intertrain is registered with Transport for NSW and the RMS to deliver this course.
We can provide this course as a face to face course at two convenient locations in Moorebank or Silverwater. Intertrain will issue a certificate that needs to be included in the application.
Just because you have a Bus Authority Card and am MR licence doesn’t mean that you are ready to launch into a new career as a bus driver. There are a couple of other things that will help.
Buses are unique heavy vehicles that perform specific tasks. Even driving a truck of the same size is different to driving a truck. Intertrain can train people to perform the specific functions of a bus driver using real bus routes and interchanges.
Students gain valuable exposure to driving a bus in real situations under the supervision of a NSW Driving Instructor. Our four hour Verification of Competency (VoC) course gives drivers the chance to learn these skills and can take away proof that they can do it.
Almost all work in the bus industry involves the transport of children. Employers require bus drivers to have a Working With Children Check clearance. This is processed through Service NSW for Kids Guardian. The Working With Children Check in NSW makes sure that the people that work with children have not been charged with certain offences. The Kids Guardian website gives more specific information on the check.
“Bus drivers deal with passengers almost all day. It is important that drivers have a friendly and pleasant approach to their work daily and know how to smile.”