The road to our Bus Driver Trainee program has a few steps along the way. The average time from application to the classroom is four weeks or less. You can help keep the process rolling smoothly by watching your email for updates and completing steps quickly. We can't wait to welcome you aboard!
No previous bus driving experience is required to apply. Our paid training will prepare you for the job.
A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is not required when you apply. However, you will need a current Washington State Driver’s License and a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). To get your CLP, you will need to pass the CDL General Knowledge, Passenger, and Air Brake tests before starting Coach Operator training.
Check with your local Department of Licensing for permit testing days and times. You are responsible for any associated fees. We can help you with any questions you may have about this first step of the hiring process.
During our paid training, we will prepare you to take the Skills Test to get your CDL Class B.
We will provide you with an “Employer Certificate of Training Completion" which you will need in order to obtain your CDL.
If you have a current CDL from another state, it’s transferable! Get the transfer process underway by visiting the DOL website.
We welcome applicants who are coach operators from other agencies. However, please note that regardless of length of service or experience, you must complete all pre-employment requirements, including our bus driver training course.
Our application review includes a look at an applicant’s driving record over the last ten years from all states in which they have been licensed.
Our training is led by professionals who have been on the journey you are about to begin. We pride ourselves on providing excellent training to excellent drivers and look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Over the first eight weeks, trainees learn:
Every new skill is first practiced in the bus yard. You will only move to the street once you have demonstrated readiness. We will teach you everything you need to know to pass the CDL skills exam to earn your commercial driver’s license.
During this phase, you will operate the vehicle “in-service.” This two-week-long phase includes driving a bus with another coach operator aboard to assist you.
You will apply everything you learned. You will drive safely, pick up passengers, secure mobility devices and provide the excellent customer service of which Community Transit is known.
At the end of your 10-week training program, we host an event to celebrate you and the hard work you’ve put in to become a Community Transit Coach Operator.
As a new bus driver, your work schedule will likely include split shifts: a workday split into two parts.
Split shifts are required due to peak bus service during the morning and evening commutes. As the term “peak” implies, there is more service at these times than the rest of the day, so some drivers work exclusively during peak hour shifts.
Shifts are determined through a bidding process, with more experienced drivers having seniority in the bidding process. New drivers will not have a set schedule and shift assignments may be assigned on a daily basis. It may take up to a year to gain seniority in the bidding process.