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Holyoke Community College

Coach & Bus Driver Training - Class B License (P Endorsement) (50 hours) CMDL 020.51, CRN 15055


This comprehensive bus training consists of 20 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of road and field instruction. Classroom hours consist of orientation, log book training, and special features of the bus with a focus on passenger safety, as well as vehicle inspection and brake inspection check. The on-premises yard portion of the training course covers vehicle start up, shut down and operation. Learn all basic safe driving techniques, including speed and space management, picking up and dropping off passengers in a safe manner, and special concerns. Hazards, emergency bus maneuvers and accidents are topics also covered in classroom training with emphasis on entering and exiting roadways, city and night driving and driving in extreme weather all with the safety of passengers in mind. Covers accident guidelines emergency maneuvers, skid control and how to deal with hazards on the roadway. Additional training time is spent learning the pre-trip inspection on the vehicle and the different maneuvers needed to pass the Registry of Motor Vehicles Test. Once the student is operating the equipment properly, they then move out onto the public roadways to complete their bus driving training. Tri-State CDL Training Center, Inc., is Massachusetts’ premiere RMV-approved training center. Individuals out of work can apply for WIA training funds, Title 3 approved. Minimum age: 18. You need to have a clean driving record. Students are advised to have their DOT Medical Card and Learner's Permit two weeks prior to beginning the program.

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