Bus driver training and requirements | Brisbane City Council

Bus driver training and requirements

Transport for Brisbane is committed to training and developing its workforce to become capable, confident and customer focused in their role. An Induction Course has been designed for all new Bus Operators.

What is it?

The Induction Course is a combination of paid classroom and on the job training. The classroom component is run at our Training School at Willawong Depot and is facilitated by our certified in-house trainers. This training course consists of competency based training and assessment. Successful completion of the course requires completion of units that relate to the job role as defined by Transport for Brisbane and Brisbane City Council.

It will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to become a Brisbane City Council Bus Operator. Both trainee and casual operators need to be available full-time during this period, even if you are applying for casual employment. Training is conducted between 5am and 4pm, Monday to Friday (rosters released weekly).

Below is an overview of topics covered within the Induction Course:

  • Licence training (if you do not hold a current Heavy Rigid (HR) licence)*
  •  Bus familiarisation
  • Brisbane City Council and Transport for Brisbane Safety policies and procedures
  • Customer Service
  • Job specific training such as electronic ticketing

* Successful achievement of your licence is a fundamental requirement for your role.

On the job training

After successfully completing the classroom component of the Induction Course, you will then be sent to your allocated Depot to complete Depot specific on the job training. As part of this training you will undergo small-group route training for your Depot followed by one-on-one mentor (buddy) driving.

Upon successful completion of the Induction course you will be a capable, competent and confident Brisbane City Council Bus Operator.

Trainee pathway

There is an opportunity within Transport for Brisbane to gain a formal qualification in Certificate III in Driving Operations (TLIT1210). This qualification is designed for driving operation roles within the Transport and Logistics Industry and facilitated by an external Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The training consists of both practical and theory based sessions.  Successful completion of the qualification will require competence in the units of competency that relate to the job role requirements defined as aligned at AQF Level 3.


24 January 2019