Becoming a Bus Operator

Being a bus operator at NZ Bus is a more rewarding and fulfilling career than most.

Bus operators have important roles in our business. Once you leave the depot, you are in sole charge of your day and the bus. You are also the day-to-day face of NZ Bus in our communities. Your interaction with our customers means you can be social, helpful and understanding - every moment of every day is an opportunity to make a positive difference.

Becoming a bus operator with NZ Bus gives you the opportunity to develop professionally as we provide full training.

What we look for?

Our bus operators are everyday people. They enjoy working with our customers, love to drive and at the end of the day, take pride in knowing they have done a great job. Being a great bus operator is about being able to communicate clearly in English (both written and oral), dealing confidently and accurately with money and caring about keeping people safe.

How to become a bus operator?

In order to become a bus operator with NZ Bus, you will need to follow 4 simple steps:

  1. Meet our minimum requirements.
  2. Complete an application form
  3. Go through an interview process
  4. Complete our training programme and obtain a P Endorsement on your drivers licence.

Step 1 – Meeting our minimum requirements
Before completing an application form you must have:

  • a) A full class 1 New Zealand driver’s licence which you must have held for at least two years.
  • b) Be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident

If you have answered yes to both these questions, you are now on your way to completing an application form.
Do not despair if you have not answered yes to either of the questions, read on as you may still be able to qualify.

Step 2
Complete an online application form. Remember to provide us with all the information requested on the application form.

Step 3
Once you have completed the application form, one of our consultants will contact you to discuss your application and advise you of the interview process. If you are successful with your interview and assessments, we will make you an offer to join NZ Bus.

Step 4
Before you are deployed to one of our depots, we will put you through an extensive training programme to equip you with the necessary skills to become a successful bus operator.

During this training programme we will also assist you to obtain a Passenger Endorsement (P Endorsement) on your driver's license which is issued by Land Transport New Zealand (LTNZ).

Once you have completed our training and have obtained the P Endorsement, you will be fully qualified to drive our buses.

Being a bus operator is a position of responsibility, so as part of obtaining your P Endorsement, a "fit and proper person test", will be completed by LTNZ.

As part of our screening process, we will need to complete traffic and criminal background checks. To find out more about traffic and criminal background checks click here.
To find out more about a P Endorsement, and what you need to do to qualify, click here.

If you meet the minimum requirements for becoming a bus operator, click here to view current vacancies and complete an application form

I do not meet the minimum requirements. What can I do?
If you do not have a New Zealand drivers licence, you will need to gain a full Class 1 New Zealand Drivers Licence and then apply for an exemption.

The exemption will only be considered if you have held your overseas licence for at least two years.
The following licensing agents can help you with your exemption:

  • New Zealand Automobile Association (AA)
  • Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ)
  • Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ)

Travelling on a Visitors VISA If you are in New Zealand on a Visitors VISA, you will need to apply to Immigration New Zealand for a work permit or Resident VISA .

For more information about gaining eligibility to work in New Zealand, go to

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