ELDT - School Bus Endorsement Course

Individuals aiming to obtain a School Bus Endorsement (S) for their CDL license are required to successfully complete this course before they are eligible for their skills test. After finishing the course, the results will be recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. CDL testing centers, before offering any testing services, will access these results from the FMCSA Training Provider Registry to verify the student's completion of the course.
Prepare to fulfill the stated-administered knowledge requirement for your School Bus (S) endorsement.

Add a School Bus Endorsement (S) to your CDL License

Fully Narrated


FMCSA Approved

Valid In 50 States

What's included?

  • Fully Narrated
  • No Hidden Costs
  • Practice Questions
  • Customer Support
  • Certificate Download
  • Completion Reporting to FMCSA

Submission to FMCSA

Upon successful completion of the ELDT School Bus Endorsement Course, we will promptly submit your results to the FMCSA TPR (Training Provider Registry) to officially document that you have finished your theory training.

Ensuring Child Safety

This course prioritizes the safety of school-aged children and covers topics such as loading and unloading procedures, emergency evacuation drills, and child behavior management. Drivers gain the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure passenger safety during transportation to and from school.

Course Curriculum 

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Course Overview
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set specific training standards for individuals seeking to add a School Bus Endorsement (S) to their commercial driver's license (CDL). Those interested in obtaining this endorsement are required to meet the entry-level driver training (ELDT) criteria. This School Bus Endorsement course is offered by a training provider recognized in the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR) and must be completed by drivers before they are eligible to take the state-administered skills test for the School Bus Endorsement.
The course is tailored for drivers who are aiming to obtain the School Bus Endorsement on their CDL. It is designed to cover all theoretical (knowledge) elements specified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR Part 380, Special Training Requirements. The curriculum includes topics such as basic operation of school buses, safe operating procedures, advanced operating practices specific to school buses, understanding vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions, and essential non-driving activities related to school bus operation.
After completing this online course, your achievement will be recorded in the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) TPR. Following this and any other federal training requirements, like practical behind-the-wheel experience, you'll be ready to take your state's CDL test for the School Bus Endorsement. Successful candidates will receive their endorsement, making them eligible for roles involving the operation of school buses in educational settings.

Course Learning Objectives

Regulation Understanding: Gain comprehensive knowledge about the regulation of transporting hazardous materials (hazmat).
Driver Responsibilities for Hazmat Transport: Learn about the essential duties of a driver when transporting hazardous materials, including emergency response procedures in the event of a material release.

Packaging, Loading, and Permitting for Hazmat Transport: Understand the specifics of packaging, loading, and the necessary permitting required for the safe transport of hazardous materials.

Safe Hazmat Vehicle Operation: Acquire insights into the obligations of a driver for safely operating a hazmat vehicle, including aspects like vehicle inspections, fueling procedures, and rules about carrying passengers.

Benefits of Completing the Course

Fulfills ELDT Requirements: This course satisfies the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements for obtaining the hazardous materials (H) endorsement on your commercial driver's license (CDL).

Prepares for CDL Skills Test: The course readies students for the state-administered CDL skills test.

Qualifies for Operating Specialized CMVs: Graduates are enabled to operate specialized CMVs once they receive their CDL.

FMCSA Training Provider Registry Submission: The completion of this course will be officially recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry.
  1. Danger Zones and Use of Mirrors
  2. Loading and Unloading
  3. Vehicle Operations
  4. Post Crash Procedures
  5. Emergency Exit and Evacuation
  6. Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
  7. Student Management
  8. Special Safety Considerations
  9. Pre and Post-Trip Inspections
  10. School Bus Security
  11. Route and Stop Reviews
To take this course, you will need to ensure that your system meets the technical requirements.

Computer or Mobile Device: A computer (desktop/laptop) or a mobile device (smartphone/tablet) that is less than 5 years old is recommended.

Internet Connection: A stable internet connection with a download speed of at least 25 Mbps, an upload speed of at least 3 Mbps, and a ping response of less than 100ms is recommended

Hardware: Speakers are required for activities such as listening to audio or videos.

Software: Required software may include internet browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Additional software and specific requirements may vary by course and can be found in the course syllabus.

Technical Proficiency: Basic computer skills and the ability to be self-directed in learning new technology skills are often necessary.
This course was created by expert instructors in the field of driving education and follows all curriculum as mandated by law.

While this course is not led by an instructor, assistance is readily available through email, online forms, and telephone support.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Online ELDT Course for School Bus Endorsement?

This course is a comprehensive online training program specifically designed to fulfill the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements for those seeking a School Bus (S) endorsement on their commercial driver's license (CDL). It is structured to provide extensive knowledge and skills related to safely operating a school bus, including legal and operational aspects, safety procedures, and emergency management.

Who should take this course?

The course is primarily aimed at existing CDL holders who are looking to expand their qualifications by obtaining a School Bus endorsement. It's ideal for drivers aspiring to work in student transportation services, offering them the necessary training to operate school buses safely and efficiently.

When can I start this course?

You can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Once you complete the registration process, you will have immediate access to the course. 

Does this course comply with FMCSA standards?

Absolutely. This course is meticulously crafted to align with all the standards and requirements set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for School Bus endorsements. This ensures that the training you receive is both comprehensive and up-to-date with current industry standards.

How long does it take to complete this course?

The duration to complete the course varies from person to person. While some individuals may complete it in a few hours, others might take a few days. The course is designed to accommodate your schedule, allowing you to save your progress at any point and resume from where you left off when you return.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate serves as a formal acknowledgment of your new skills and knowledge. Additionally, your completion will be recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry, which is an essential step towards obtaining your School Bus endorsement.

What should students do after completing the course?

After successfully completing the course, the next step is to take and pass your state's specific School Bus endorsement test. Passing this test is essential to receive the School Bus endorsement on your CDL, which is the final step in becoming a qualified school bus driver.

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I can't thank this driving school enough for offering the self-directed ELDT School Bus Endorsement Course online. Despite the absence of instructors, the course content was well-structured, ensuring a smooth learning process. The emphasis on school bus safety and regulations left me feeling confident and well-prepared. Passing the endorsement test was a testament to the quality of this course. I now have the knowledge and confidence to safely transport students in my career. If you value flexibility and thorough training, this course is a fantastic choice for your professional growth.
Benjamin D
The ELDT School Bus Endorsement Course was a valuable experience, even without instructors. The course materials were detailed and organized, covering all aspects of school bus safety and regulations. The self-paced online format offered flexibility, although I missed the direct interaction with instructors. Nevertheless, I feel well-prepared to excel in school bus driving roles after completing this course. Highly recommended for those seeking comprehensive training.
Gloria T
I recently completed the ELDT School Bus Endorsement Course offered by this driving school, and I couldn't be more impressed. While there were no instructors, the course content was comprehensive and well-structured. The focus on school bus safety and regulations was evident throughout. The self-paced online format allowed me to balance my studies with a busy schedule. I now feel fully prepared and confident to transport students safely. This course is an excellent choice for anyone pursuing a career in school bus driving.
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