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Bus Operator Academy

In partnership with Saddleback and Santa Ana Colleges, we're offering a free bus driving training program that will help you build the skills and knowledge needed for a life-long career in transportation. Apply today!

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Free Bus Driver Training

An 8-week course conducted on Saturdays where you will receive hands-on training, expert guidance and behind-the-wheel instruction to prepare you for a rewarding career at OCTA.

Questions? Please call:

Saddleback College
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Santa Ana College
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Get an OCTA Interview – Guaranteed!

Qualified participants who complete the training program are guaranteed an interview as an OCTA bus driver. As part of the program, participants will have the opportunity to work directly with OCTA to prepare them for the application and interview process. 

Starting pay is $22.37 per hour.



Count on your paycheck to grow along with your knowledge and experience.



Make your own path at OCTA. More than 80% of our bus operations management team began their careers as OC Bus Drivers.

Learn Everything You Need to Start Rolling

Bus drivers are in demand! This free training provides everything you need to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Pre-trip inspection
All bus drivers must be able to perform a federally mandated thorough bus check to ensure there are no mechanical problems and that all systems are working properly.
Safety Procedures
Driving a bus is different than driving a car – our curriculum is designed to ease participants into the intricacies of commercial driving from basic control to emergencies.
Behind-the-wheel training
Program participants will receive an opportunity for hands-on training on one of OCTA’s 40-foot buses!
Commercial permit preparation
You will learn the content and study skills to prepare to take the three-part DMV Commercial Learner’s Permit test necessary for employment with transportation agencies like OCTA.
Application guidance with OCTA
Application and interview practice is provided by career professionals along with a preview of what to expect during our hiring process.
A Career with Purpose – and Benefits

Become an important part of what keeps Orange County moving as you help others reach their destinations safely. Plus, you'll receive a generous benefits package designed to fit your unique needs.



Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance

paid leave

Paid Leave

Paid leave, retirement plans, and educational reimbursement

Driver Requirements

OCTA will confirm all participants meet the eligibility requirements before an interview will be scheduled.

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  • ✓ A valid U.S. driver's license for a minimum of 3 years with no DMV points.
  • ✓ Applicants can apply with a Class C driver's license.
  • ✓ Current DMV K4 must be submitted.
  • ✓ At least 21 years old.