School Bus Endorsement AFTER Having CDL Class A

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Lawrence K.'s Comment
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I got my CDL-A this last August with T N endorsements. I, obviously, passed the written endorsement tests and the skills test, using a Tractor-trailer rig. I am changing how I will be using my CDL. I have been hired as a substitute school bus driver. 1 know I have to take the S endorsement written test, and I'll take the P endorsement test while I'm at it.

My question is, since I already have my CDL-A, will i have to take a skills test for the school bus?

Thank you

Lawrence

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Lawrence, it may vary by state, but in Texas they require us to take a skills test in a bus. Your employer should provide a bus for you to test in.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Same thing in CA. You can take the written test to get the P but it only acts like a permit until you test out in passenger vehicle. If you pass that test also, then you get the P endorsement on your license.

Lawrence K.'s Comment
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Thank you guys. The written regs in Washington state gave that impression, and a statement by the school's bus supervisor also gave that impression. So since we have two states checking in, I suspect that Washington state also requires a skills test.

Sigh ☺

Lawrence

David's Comment
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Thank you guys. The written regs in Washington state gave that impression, and a statement by the school's bus supervisor also gave that impression. So since we have two states checking in, I suspect that Washington state also requires a skills test.

Sigh ☺

Lawrence

I think 90% of the US requires a skills test with passenger vehicle.. Im not 100% sure on that but from previous research, i found most states required it. If you passed in a truck, bus shouldn't be to different. I think its the same to a point....

Lawrence K.'s Comment
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Without any arrogance, I can say I don't really see the test as a problem.

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Thank you guys. The written regs in Washington state gave that impression, and a statement by the school's bus supervisor also gave that impression. So since we have two states checking in, I suspect that Washington state also requires a skills test.

Sigh ☺

Lawrence

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I think 90% of the US requires a skills test with passenger vehicle.. Im not 100% sure on that but from previous research, i found most states required it. If you passed in a truck, bus shouldn't be to different. I think its the same to a point....

David's Comment
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Without any arrogance, I can say I don't really see the test as a problem.

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Thank you guys. The written regs in Washington state gave that impression, and a statement by the school's bus supervisor also gave that impression. So since we have two states checking in, I suspect that Washington state also requires a skills test.

Sigh ☺

Lawrence

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I think 90% of the US requires a skills test with passenger vehicle.. Im not 100% sure on that but from previous research, i found most states required it. If you passed in a truck, bus shouldn't be to different. I think its the same to a point....

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Just remember, your turning is different in a bus than a rig. Watch the corners and curbs. lol

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