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No. There is no minimum number of hours that drivers in training must spend on the theoretical (ie knowledge) portions of any of the individual curricula. The regulations prescribe specific topics for each of the five theoretical curricula, requiring the training provider to cover all topics and requiring trainees to demonstrate their understanding of the material by achieving a minimum overall score of 80 percent on the written (or electronic). evaluation of the theory.

No. Learner Driver Training (ELDT) regulations do not require a minimum number of hours to complete BTW training (e.g., Class A, Class B, and the Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsements) . Competent completion of the BTW portions of the various curricula is based solely on the training instructor’s assessment of each learner driver’s individual performance of the required elements of BTW training at the range and on public roads . All BTW training must be conducted in a vehicle representative of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) class or endorsement being sought.

Yes. Theoretical (knowledge) and BTW training can be delivered by independent training providers. Both types of training providers must be listed on the Training Provider Registry, and both must submit driver-specific training certification information (ie, proof of training) to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

To be eligible to take the CDL Class A or Class B skills test, the S or P skills test, or the H knowledge test, commercial driver license (CDL) applicants must have completed CDL-level driver training. applicable input of a registered training provider . The type of training required depends on the type of license or endorsement the driver is applying for. Below is a summary:


License/EndorsementThe ELDT check occurs beforeIs theoretical training required?Is driver training required?
New or updated Class A CDLCDL skills testyesYes: shooting range and public road
CDL Class BCDL skills testyesYes: shooting range and public road
Passenger Endorsement (P)CDL skills testyesYes: shooting range and public road
School Bus Endorsement (S)Skills Test PyesYes: shooting range and public road
Hazardous Materials Endorsement (H)knowledge test hyesNo

Yes. If a person successfully completes the required entry-level driver training for the Class A CDL, they are eligible to take the skills test for the Class B CDL as well as the Class A CDL.

Yes We submit certification of completion to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for all original applicants who complete classroom training, within 48 hours. of completion.



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