Bus Driver Certification Courses

  • Bus Driver
    ALL CLASSES ARE CANCELLED!! (until further notice)

    Due to the shut down of many institutions and classes we recognize that it may be difficult to complete the annual refresher training during this period and that there are concerns regarding bus driver permits/class expirations.

    Today, March 17, 2020, we received the official statement below from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office:

    Due to the COVID-19 virus and based on recommendations by health and safety experts, all Secretary of State Driver Services Facilities are closed to the public. Essential Secretary of State staff are working. All driver’s licenses, instruction permits, permits and identification cards that were set to expire on or after March 17, 2020 are being extended for a period of 30 days. This includes School Bus Permits. We recognize that it may be difficult to complete the annual refresher training during this period, so a grace period of 30 days will be allowed for completion of this training.

    North Cook ISC will continue to post any updates on this webpage as they become available. Thank you for your patience.


    All new bus drivers are required to complete the Initial Bus Training Course BEFORE applying for their school bus permit.

    Those who do not take the class will not be able to apply for a permit.
    Initial Bus Training Courses are approximately eight (8) hours in length, depending on how long it takes the instructor to cover all of the curriculum.


    The Refresher Bus Training Course must be completed by all drivers BEFORE they renew their permits.

    No permit will be renewed if the driver has not completed the course requirements prior to the renewal date. Refresher Courses last approximately two (2) hours.

    Each driver must pre-register for the class. Payment of course fees is only by Credit Card or Debit Card.

    Please know that it takes 10-15 business days from the date of the class until we receive the roster from the Instructor indicating the bus driver has completed the class and the information is posted to ISBE's system. A letter of verification will be sent to the employer. If you are an independent driver, it will be mailed to the home address.

    CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED under any circumstances in the Initial or Refresher Classes. If the driver cannot attend the class that he/she is scheduled for, the course fee will be forfeited.

    To register for the appropriate class, click on the left-side menu on this page and choose the date/time/location you wish to attend class. If you do not see any slots available, that means that the class is CLOSED. Also, please note that at this time, you are not able to register for a class from a cellphone.

    REFUND POLICY:  Refunds are issued ONLY to registered participants who call Lydia Cruz/North Cook ISC Bus Driver Training Coordinator at 847-803-5613 at least seven (7) days PRIOR to the date of the course. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will automatically receive a refund.