Welcome, School Bus Drivers and Program Instructors


School Bus Drivers are required, by statute, to pass a CHP first aid exam or take an American Red Cross or EMSA-approved training course. This page contains information on EMSA-approved training programs and how to become a training program for School Bus Drivers.

To Become an Approved Training Program

The School Bus Driver First Aid training program review fee is $500.

Submit completed application(s) to:
​Emergency Medical Services Authority
Attn: Child Care Training Program
11120 International Drive, 2nd Floor
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Please allow 60 days for review of your application. You must retain a copy of your submission.


Regulations and Statutes for School Bus Drivers

Find a Training Program Near You!


Please contact the programs directly for their course offerings.


The EMSA does not schedule or register participants for classes.






Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I take the school bus driver first aid training?

  • School bus driver first aid can be taken from American Red Cross or an EMSA approved program.
I’d like to submit a training program for review, to teach first aid to school bus drivers. How can I do this?
  • You will need to submit a complete application, all course materials for your training program and application fee of $500. Allow minimum of 60 days for approval; Once received by EMSA.
Are there any fees to apply for the school bus driver training program?
  • Yes. The application and review fee for a school bus driver first aid training program is $500. Once a program is approved, renewal fees are $500 every four years.
Is American Red Cross training sufficient for School Bus Driver training?
  • Classes offered by the American Red Cross are exempt from EMSA oversight. Verification of an American Red Cross course must be done through American Red Cross, directly.

Contact the Child Care Program Unit!

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