What CDL driver training is required for a hazmat endorsement?

CDL Driver Training for the HAZMAT Endorsement

There are stringent requirements for obtaining a HAZMAT endorsement. You must be at least 21 years old, pass state testing, and pass a federal background check.

In addition, you must receive the following training:

General Awareness/Familiarization


This training is intended to increase awareness of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and the purpose and meaning of hazard communication requirements.

Function-Specific Training


This details exact job specifications, teaching what knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed for possessing a hazardous materials endorsement.

Safety Training


This training explains the dangers of hazardous materials in the workplace and personal protection measures.

Security Training


This training educates on the security risks associated with transporting hazardous materials. It also touches on methods designed to enhance transportation security. If you're new on the job, you must, by law, receive this training within 90 days of being hired.

Modal Specific Requirements


This training is at the discretion of the employer, focusing on any class, course, video, or lecture that could enhance your understanding of the job and/or the vehicle you're operating.  

Recurrent Training


You must receive required training every three years or following any change in job duties.

Earning Your CDL Driver HAZMAT Endorsement

To obtain a commercial license with a HAZMAT endorsement you must follow these steps:

  1. Earn a CDL permit by passing the general knowledge portion of the CDL test. All of the questions are based on information in your state's CDL manual. Study the manual and take at least one CDL practice test. (NOTE: During the permit application process you'll be required to provide your Medical Exam Certificate and pass a background check that includes fingerprinting.)
  2. Pass a road test. This entails passing three parts: the pre trip inspection, the driving skills, and the actual driving test.
  3. Pass a HAZMAT test that features multiple-choice questions on transporting hazardous materials.
After obtaining your HAZMAT endorsement, it's the responsibility of your employer to provide all required training.

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