The Regional Office of Education is responsible for conducting the initial training that is
required for all new school bus drivers prior to getting a bus permit, and the annual refresher
workshop that is required in the 12 month period prior to renewing their school bus permit.
Experienced drivers must take a two hour refresher course annually, and all new drivers
must take an eight hour course in school bus driver safety and first aid, as prescribed by the
Illinois State Board of Education and administered by the ROE.
The ROE provided 12 Initial Bus Driver Training courses for 170 participants and 46 Refresher
Trainings for over 1100 participants.
As of July 1, 2012 the cost of the training class is $8.00.