How to become a bus or coach driver
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can get into this job through a passenger transport driver intermediate apprenticeship.
You will need to hold at least a Category B (car driving licence) to start training.
The apprenticeship typically takes 12 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You'll usually apply to bus or coach companies and train on the job.
Most companies will expect you to have a minimum of 1 year's car driving experience.
You would be put through Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) driver training that normally lasts between 1 and 6 weeks.
Your employer would also give you training for the Certificate of Professional Competence or Driver CPC.
You'll find details about the licences and training you'll need on Become a qualified bus driver.