All school bus drivers in Pennsylvania must be certified and hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). To become certified as a school bus driver, an individual must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, posses a valid driver’s license, pass a physical examination, attend at least fourteen (14) hours of classroom instructions, receive a minimum of six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel training, and pass a series of school bus driver’s tests administered by the Pennsylvania State Police.
To maintain certification a bus driver must pass an annual physical examination and every four (4) years, must attend seven (7) hours of classroom instructions, receive three (3) hours of behind-the-wheel refresher training and retake a school bus driver’s test. Bus drivers are also subject to all background checks that are completed on school staff, plus a background check on their driving record. In addition, Downingtown Area School District requires checks to be rerun on the renewal of their School Bus endorsement and driving record checks are run every year.