Type III Van Driver/Activity Bus Certification

  • In order to drive a District 622 van or activity bus transporting students, the State of Minnesota requires initial training and certification as well as annual training and recertification.  Please follow the steps below to become trained and certified to drive district vans or activity buses on school business or trips.

    • Complete the District 622 Annual Driver Application Type III Van / Activity Bus Certification and email it, along with a copy of your driver’s license (front & back) to Mike Johnson mjohnson6@isd622.org. Your driver license status and any records of moving violations will be reviewed with the MN Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine eligibility for training and certification.  Once approved (or denied), an email will be sent to you with next steps.

    • For those approved, the first step in training is to view the MN Department of Public Safety Type III School Bus Training PowerPoint and take the associated Type III Quiz. The PowerPoint will introduce you to the items and tasks a certified van driver will be responsible for.  Submitted quizzes are automatically sent to Kim Wieken, Transportation’s Driver Trainer, who will then email you some options for upcoming on-site training dates. If needed, Kim can be reached at kwieken1@isd622.org or by phone at 651-621-1983.  Training consists of a defensive driving classroom session, pre-trip training, behind the wheel training and an on-street driving evaluation. 

    • Initial first-time trainings and annual re-certifications will take place at the Transportation Center: 2225 McKnight Rd N, North St. Paul, MN 55109 (651-621-1980). Schedules will vary, but most often training will occur on school days (occasional non-school days are available) and plan for 1½  to 2 hours to complete the first-time training.  Groups of 2-4 are preferred.  (Re-Certs can plan for 1 hour.)

    • Optional - If you desire training on the 14 passenger Activity (mini) Bus, you will be required to pass a federal Dept. of Transportation (DOT) physical. A DOT registered medical professional must perform the physical.  The simplest way is to arrange for this type of physical is through our designated clinic.  If you choose to use our clinic, we will provide you with the authorization form so you can arrange an appointment convenient for you.  The cost of the physical will be charged to your school/program.  All certifications and DOT physicals require prior supervisor approval.

    REMINDER: It is a state requirement that Type III/Activity Bus training and certification is completed annually.  If you have questions, please contact Mike Johnson with any questions.  Mike can be reached at Transportation Services: 651-621-1986 or mjohnson6@isd622.org.