Bus Drivers

Prospective Bus Drivers

Would you like to be a bus driver for the School District of Pickens County? To be certified to drive a school bus for the state of South Carolina, applicants go through a rigorous training process which includes classroom instruction and testing as well as lengthy behind-the-wheel instruction and testing . They must obtain a CDL (Commercial Driver's License) and a SC School Bus Certificate. After becoming a school bus driver, every driver must attend annual state-mandated training classes.

The following are eligibility requirements for employment as a School District of Pickens County bus driver:

  • Be a US resident at least 18 years of age and have at least 12 months of driving experience;
  • Have no more than 4 points against driver's license within the last 12 months;
  • All applicants are subject to a SLED check of criminal history and any other checks required by law or deemed necessary by the employer;
  • Have a valid South Carolina driver's license;
  • Successfully complete a school bus driver's training class of 20 hours and successfully pass a physical performance test.
  • All Bus Drivers are required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and will be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing. 

Drivers are responsible for obtaining a South Carolina Department of Transportation physical and proof of a clear tuberculosis test completed within the last 12 months. Copies of the applicant's official birth certificate, Social Security card, and driver's license are also required.

Classes for Bus Drivers

All classes for SDPC are conducted at the Transportation Services facility located at 1400 Griffin Mill Road, Easley, SC 29640. All classes are 8:30 am -2:30 pm. A night class and additional classes can be scheduled if enough interest is shown for those unable to attend day class. We are also able to send prospective drivers to nearby school districts for classes. The next classes will be held:

  • July 17-20, 2017

All scheduled classes are tentative based on enrollment.

An evening class for prospective bus driver's 20 hours of classroom instruction is tentatively scheduled for April 20 through 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day. The final day of testing may have to be scheduled for daytime hours. More information will be posted when available. Applications and a clear copy of a driver's license must be submitted a week prior to class.

Pre-registration is required by filling out the first three documents listed below under "Required Documents for Bus Drivers". Attach a copy of your current driver's license and return to Transportation Services.

Class participation in no way implies guaranteed employment with School District of Pickens County.

If you have any questions or would like to come to our next class, contact SDPC Student Transportation Services at 864-397-1165 or andreamorton@pickens.k12.sc.us.

Required Documents for Bus Drivers

The first three documents need to be completed and should be returned prior to the start of class to SDPC Student Transportation Services, 1400 Griffin Mill Rd, Easley, SC 29640: 

Bus Companions

Bus Companions ride on special needs buses to assist bus drivers with the students. This is a temporary position without insurance or retirement benefits. Qualifications for a bus companion include:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • A Work Keys certificate with at least a Bronze level or complete a bus driving training class.
  • Be able to pass a physical performance test
  • All applicants are subject to a SLED check of criminal history and any other checks required by law or deemed necessary by the employer
  • Proof of a clear tuberculosis test completed within the last 12 months.
  • Copies of the applicant's official birth certificate, Social Security card, and driver's license are also required.
  • Application for Prospective Bus Companions