Transportation Services

Bus Driver Training Agency

Kent  ISD operates a Transportation Training Agency certified by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to provide state mandated bus driver certification classes for public and private schools operating within the Kent ISD and the Ionia County Intermediate School Districts (ICISD).

Bus Driver Safety Education Classes


The Beginner class is comprised of 18 hours of instruction. Typically, Beginner classes are offered in the evenings over 5 nights or during the daytime over 5 days (Tues, Wed & Thurs the first week and Tues & Thursday the following week unless otherwise indicated). Training begins promptly at 6:00 PM for evening dates and at 9:30 AM for the day trainings. The summer Beginner classes (early June) are held during the daytime and run for three days (Tues, Wed & Thurs) beginning promptly at 8:00 AM.  All classes are held at Kent ISD in the ESC (Educational Service Center) building.  Beginning School Bus Driver classes for the 2023/24 school year are listed below.  

Receipt of Enrollment Cards

Once enrolled in a Beginning School Bus Driver Course, a qualified enrollee may be issued a temporary certificate (white card) to drive a school bus. We cannot guarantee that enrollment cards will  be processed on a same-day basis. Please allow 2-3 business days to receive enrollment letters and cards in the mail.  Please remember that although districts may enroll drivers in any of these classes, enrollment cards cannot be submitted until 90 days prior to the enrolled class date. This temporary driving certificate (white card) is valid for up to 10 days following completion of the beginning bus driver class. Please remind your driver that only ONE white card will be issued. If they do NOT attend these classes or even miss one class, FOR ANY REASON, they will NOT be issued another card and will not be able to drive after the expiration date on the card.

BEGINNER ENROLLMENT FORM HERE please download, complete and send to

BSBD 2023-2024 CLASSES

November 7, 8, 9, 14, 16 2023 (6:00 pm - 9:36 pm) - enrolling now

December 5, 6, 7, 12, 14 2023 (9:30am - 1:06pm) - enrolling now

January 23, 24, 25, 30 February 1 2024 (9:30am - 1:06pm) - enrolling November 3, 2023

March 5, 6, 7, 12, 14 2024 (6:00 pm - 9:36 pm) - enrolling December 15, 2023

April 23, 24, 25, 30 May 2 2024 (9:30am - 1:06pm) - enrolling February 2, 2024

June 4, 5, 6 2024 (8:00 am – 2:30 pm) - enrolling March 8, 2024



All classes held at Kent ISD unless noted below.  EMAIL Lynette Altman at with your preferred date to enroll in a continuing bus driver class this summer.

*If we have low attendance for any class, we will need to cancel.  We will notify you/your supervisor so you can pick a different class.

  • Sep 11, 2023 - 44 openings 

The Advanced class is a state-mandated continuing education requirement. Typically, Continuing classes are offered in the daytime and run for 6 hours beginning at 8:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Breaks during the class will be determined by the instructor with class input as to number and duration.  Attendance is required for all six hours in order to successfully complete this class. Lunch is NOT provided.

(Please Note: Per the State of Michigan Pupil Transportation Public Act 187, Section 257.1851: Every current school bus driver holding a green or yellow education card that expires on Sept. 30, 2023 must attend a six-hour school bus driver continuing education class by that expiration date.)

Drivers who do not complete the continuing education requirement by September 30, 2023 will be required to complete the 18 hour (3 to 5 days)  Beginning School Bus Driver Training course in order to remain legally eligible to drive a school bus.



Although most school bus drivers are enrolled into a continuing education class by the school district or contractor for which they work, there are also many drivers who are SELF-EMPLOYED. A driver is considered to be SELF-EMPLOYED if he/she falls into one of the following categories:

  • Retired school bus driver
  • School bus driver in between employers (or unemployed)

If you are a self-employed driver and wish to keep your driving credentials current, you must enroll yourself.  Please contact Lynette Altman at  Make sure you provide your mailing address so we can mail your green card to you in mid-September 2023.


All current Supervisor (salmon) cards will expire on 9/30/24.

If you are a brand new supervisor or will become a brand new supervisor, please contact Mark Higgins at the email below for training information.

Transportation Contacts ~

Mark Higgins  Transportation Supervisor (616) 365-2257 /

Lynette Altman  Transportation Class Scheduler (616) 365-2387 /