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.
You may submit the application(s) along with all materials/curriculum by mail or electronically:
Please allow 60 days for review of your application. You must retain a copy of your submission.
Regulations and Statutes for School Bus Drivers
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 9:
Vehicle Code, Division 6, Chapter 1:
- Article 1: Persons Required to Be Licensed, Exemptions, and Age Limits (12522.)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.