School Bus/Cab Drivers Information

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    All in-person initial and refresher bus training classes are cancelled until further notice.

    Zoom classes will continue and we will be adding more.
    Please continue to check our website for VIRTUAL ZOOM CLASSES

    Please refrain from calling our office for further information. We are working quickly to add as many virtual Zoom classes as possible.

    Continue to check our website to see if/when in-person classes are scheduled.

    Training classes were cancelled due to Governor Pritzker's Executive Order 2020-73 (please look on Page 3, starting with "Therefore..." which describes the Tier 3 Mitigation Order in detail.) Also, on Page 5, Section e. Requirements for meetings and events states the following:

      e. Requirements for meetings and events.
     Indoor venues and meeting spaces such as meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs, country clubs, and party buses are prohibited from hosting gatherings of any size. Venues hosting funeral or visitation services are subject to IDPH guidance available at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/funeral-homes

    This order was published on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and took effect on Friday, November 20, 2020.

    Therefore, we are unable to hold in-person bus driver training of any size so that we are not in violation of the Governor's Executive Order 2020-73.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    You can always check the Secretary of State's website for announcements and/or updates regarding extensions to your license renewal.

     


    INITIAL SCHOOL BUS/CAB TRAINING COURSE
    All new school bus/cab drivers who will transport students to and from school are required to complete an eight-hour INITIAL Training Course BEFORE applying for their school bus/cab driver permit, per the Illinois State Board of Education.

    Please view our list of available Initial School Bus/Cab Training Courses. If you do not see any slots available, that means that the class is CLOSED. At this time you are not able to register for a class using a cellphone. 


    Anyone who does not take the Initial Training Course will not be able to apply for a permit. Initial Training Courses are approximately eight (8) hours in length, depending on how long it takes the instructor to cover the entire curriculum and for participants to complete the test at the end of the training.

    All drivers must register for the class (no walk-ins). Payment of course fees is only accepted with a credit or debit card (no checks or cash).

    Important Information:

    • Bring your Driver's License when you attend the class.
    • Be ON TIME (anyone arriving late will not be admitted to the class).
    • You may not leave the class early; those who do will not receive certification.
    • You may print the Illinois Professional School Bus Driver Training Curriculum to review before the class and bring it with you.
    • Be sure to provide an email address at time of registration so your certificate can be emailed to the bus company, school district, or independent driver at the successful completion of the training course.

    Call 217-782-7674, IL Secretary of State, for information about processing and fee requirements to acquire a School Bus/Cab Driver Permit or go to the IL Secretary of State's website.

    ANNUAL REFRESHER SCHOOL BUS/CAB TRAINING COURSE
    A REFRESHER Training Course must be completed by all school bus/cab drivers who will transport students to and from school and is required in the 12 month (364 days) period prior to renewing their school bus/cab permit, per the Illinois State Board of Education. 

    Please view our list of available Refresher School Bus/Cab Training Courses. If you do not see any slots available, that means that the class is CLOSED. At this time, you are not able to register for a class using a cellphone. 


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

    All drivers must register for the class (no walk-ins). Payment of course fees is only accepted with a credit or debit card (no checks or cash).

    PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL CLASSES
    It takes 10-15 business days from the date of the class
     until we receive the final roster from the instructor indicating the school bus/cab driver has successfully completed the class and until the information is posted in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) system. A certificate of completion will be emailed to the bus/cab driver's employer. Please be sure to provide the employer's email address when you register. If a copy of a certificate is needed, send an email request to lcruz@ncisc.org.

    CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED under any circumstances in the Initial or Refresher Classes.

    If the driver cannot attend class on the scheduled day the course fee will be forfeited.

    REFUND POLICY: Refunds are issued ONLY to registered participants who email Lydia Cruz, North Cook ISC Bus Driver Training Coordinator at lcruz@ncisc.org 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.