School Bus Driver Instructor Training Programs

Contact Information

For Trainings Registration:

Cherrie Williams
Regional Transportation Office
Educational Service District 112

For Driver Instructor Training Course Requirements and Content:

Mark Dennis
Regional Transportation Office
Northwest Educational Service District 189

For School Bus Driver Inservice Course Requirements and Content:

Chris Jose
Regional Transportation Office
Puget Sound Educational Service District 121

School Bus Driver Instructors are an essential part of the student transportation team in any district. School bus driver instructor certification is required by chapter 392-144 WAC and overseen by OSPI. To become an authorized school bus driver instructor in Washington State, qualified applicants must complete a six day Driver Instructor Training Course (DITC). Once certified, school bus driver instructors are required to complete annual Inservice Training.

Driver Instructor Training Course

Qualified applicants must successfully complete this six-day training program to become an authorized school bus driver instructor in Washington state. With time spent in the classroom and behind the wheel of a school bus, participants receive training in all aspects of school bus driver training including writing and presenting lesson plans, effective classroom instruction, reference point driving instruction, and the rules and regulations of the Washington state pupil transportation industry.

Course Requirements

Participants must hold a Class A or B commercial driver's license with passenger and school bus endorsement and air brake restriction removed, and also meet all minimum requirements for school bus drivers as prescribed in chapter 392-144 WAC. Applicants must also provide a school bus driver abstract of driving record. Participants in this course are required to have at least two years of experience as an authorized school bus driver in Washington State.

  • Duration: 6-day course
  • Course 1 - July 15-20, 2024
  • Course 2 - July 22-27, 2024
  • Course Size Limit: 36
  • Location: ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver WA
  • Cost: $1,200.00 - Course Only - Does not include lodging/meals

School Bus Driver Instructor Inservice Course

Washington State school bus driver instructors are required to complete and annual inservice training class in order to maintain their authorization. These classes are offered in numerous locations across the state each spring. School bus driver instructors must verify continued compliance to chapter 392-144 WAC

Course Requirements

Must be a certified school bus driver instructor.

Inservice Information & Registration

Register: Registration begins each year, the first of March, for the School Bus Driver Instructor Inservice course. Registration is through ESD 112:

  1. Go to ESD 112 Courses.
  2. Log in to your existing account or create an account if you are new to pdEnroller. You will be given an opportunity to retrieve your password if you are unable to remember your password from previous years. (Please do not create a new account if you already have one)
  3. Search courses by title; "School Bus Driver Instructor Inservice Class".
  4. Click on the desired course title to review.

To register for a course, click "register" and proceed to checkout. An email confirmation will be sent to you when you have successfully registered. In the event of any changes or cancellations, an email will be sent to you at the email address you provided at log in.

2022-2023 School Year Inservice Training Materials

Available at ESD 112 - Past inservice training materials are also available at ESD 112