3rd Party CDL Testing | National Truck Driving Orange Park FL

3rd Party CDL Driving Testing

Illustration showing a check list of CDL testing itemsNational Truck Driving School offers 3rd-Party CDL Testing for commercial driver’s license candidates. If you wish to have us administer a State of Florida Class A. B. or C Commercial Driver’s License (CDL test) You may set your own appointment time and pay for this service on this site.

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Are You Ready for CDL Testing?

First You Need to Pass the Written CDL Test

The State of Florida CDL testing includes several parts including first a written test and then three knowledge and skills tests. Passing the written CDL test, along with holding a valid Florida Driver’s License allows you to be issued a Florida CDL Temporary Driving Permit (also known as a CDL Learners Permit) by the State of Florida Department of Motor Vehicles DMV (Note that other requirements may apply. Please refer to the Latest Florida CDL Handbook for complete details. Florida CDL Manual;  https://www3.flhsmv.gov/handbooks/englishcdlhandbook.pdf

Make sure that you read the entire State of Florida CDL Handbook.  We suggest emphasis on certain sections of the handbook for extra study purposes but do not make the mistake of not reading the entire booklet.

Class A Permit:  You should study the Florida CDL Handbook especially sections 1, 2, 3 General Knowledge section, Air Brakes section 5, Combination Vehicles Section 6.

Class B Permit:  You should study General Knowledge sections 1-3, Air Brakes section 5

Class C Permit:  Sections 1-3 General Knowledge, Section 4 Passengers, Section 5 Air Brakes. (If your vehicle is equipped with air brakes)

STUDY AIDS for written portion

Florida CDL Manual;  https://www3.flhsmv.gov/handbooks/englishcdlhandbook.pdf

A website:  http://cdlstudybuddy.com/ntds/test.php

Hint:  When you are able to pass 7-8 practice tests in a row you are probably schooled enough to go to DMV and complete the tests.

Now is the time to see a certified medical examiner to obtain your medical card.  Please note that as of May 21, 2014 all medical examiners must be registered and certified in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).  The examiners certification date must precede the student physical date.

When you have obtained your medical card, upload your CDL Permit, current driver’s license and the medical card by taking a picture and uploading to www.truckschool.com at the bottom of the right homepage click 3rd Party Test.  The next box has a tab, share docs. Enter your name and email your docs to NTI. IMPORTANT:  The Federal Government requires a 14 day wait from the day you obtain your permit.  This means you cannot Skills test until at least 14 days have elapsed.  Once you have booked your skills appointment begin studying the Skills test criteria.

The Skills Test – Where the Rubber Meets the Road.

You Must Pass the Three-Part CDL Skills Test

Testing Time Limits

  • CDL Skills Testing applicants will have up to 60 minutes to complete the “short form” pre-trip inspection.
    Applicants will have up to 90 minutes to complete the “full form” pre-trip inspection. If the applicant goes over the allotted time the test must be deemed an automatic failure.
  • CDL Skills Testing applicants will have up to 45 minutes to complete the basic control skills test. If the applicant goes over the allotted time the test must be deemed an automatic failure.

Study Aid

Florida CDL Handbook: Sections 11, 12. and 13. Please learn the part names and inspection descriptions listed in section 11. Pay special attention to the Air and Hydraulic Brake Checks shown in Section 11.1.2 because conducting an improper Air or Hydraulic Brake Check is an automatic failure of the Pre-Trip Inspection.

When 14 days have expired since you obtained your permit and you have extensively studied the applicable sections for the skills test and you feel confident, you are now eligible to continue the CDL testing at our Training Facility.  ALL CDL skills testing at National Training is conducted by appointment only. The CDL Skills Test takes about two hours to complete depending on your skill Level. Applicants who have taken and passed any part of the CDL three-part skills test on a truck equipped with an automatic transmission (Pre-trip, Basic Skills, Road Test) will have their CDL license restricted to “No Manual Transmission Commercial Motor Vehicle”

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are a total newbie or novice to the operation of large commercial class A trucks without any previous experience or training, attempting to pass the CDL test, you most likely will fail the test.  We do not want to test candidates who do not have the skill Levels necessary to pass the tests.  You should have the experience and ability to pass each section of the test. 

When you arrive at the National Training Facility for your CDL testing appointment. You should have a valid Florida or Out of State Driver’s License, DOT Medical Card and ORIGINAL Florida or Out of State CDL Temporary Driving Permit.  If you prefer to test in your own vehicle please make sure you bring and are able to make available for inspection the registration, manufacturer plate for trailer and insurance documents. Testing will be conducted in accordance with the Florida CDL Handbook and the Florida CDL Examiner’s Manual.  The 3rd Party Tester will direct you through three sections of the Skills Test which must be taken and passed in the order shown below:

  1. Pre-Trip Inspection
  2. Basic Control Skills, which includes backing up the truck in three of these situations:
    • Straight-Line backing
    • Offset (right or Left)
    • 90-Degree Alley Dock
  1. Road Test (conducted on public roads)

Conclusion of CDL Testing

Once you have successfully completed testing the Tester will enter your test electronically into the State database. You will receive a copy of this recording, which you must take to your Florida or Out of State DMV office to receive your CDL Driver’s License.

NOTE: If your Skills Tester determines that you do not have the skills needed to continue, the test will be terminated. Any retesting must be conducted on another day with a new appointment. We reserve the right to disallow any retesting until you have received the necessary training.

Cost for 3rd Party CDL Testing

Paying the testing fee in no way assures that you will pass the test. You must display the knowledge and skills to the tester. The fee is the same whether the test is conducted in your truck or ours. We can provide a Class A or B truck and a Class C Bus for testing. Class B Bus must be provided by the applicant. All applicant­ provided vehicles must have registration, proof of insurance and a fixed passenger seat.

Schedule of Fees

  • Class A, B & C CDL Tests Monday thru Friday $450.00
  • Saturday CDL Skills Testing $500.00
  • Sunday CDL Skills Testing $600.00
  • Lift Air Brake Restriction: $200.00
  • Retest required to pass CDL Skills test $200.00 
  • Retest required to pass CDL Skills test $150.00 per Portion (pre-trip – skills – Road) as of January 1,2020
  • When you schedule your test make sure you will have no attendance conflicts.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR NO SHOW TESTS OR TESTS CANCELLED WITHIN THE 72 HOUR TIME FRAME OF YOUR TEST. HOWEVER, IF YOU RESCHEDULE YOUR TEST, A $200.00 RESCHEDULE FEE   WILL BE DUE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. PRIOR TO 72 HOURS, THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE OR MOVE APPOINTMENT FEE NEEDED TO RESCHEDULE TO ANOTHER DATE.

  • A $200.00 change or move appointment fee will be needed to reschedule to another date.
  • Prior to 72 hours. there will be no change or move appointment fee needed to reschedule to another date.
  • All cancellations must be submitted by email to cdltesting@nationaltrainingschools.com

Instructions for Setting an Appointment to Take 3rd-Party CDL Testing

  1. Click the “Schedule Appointment” button below
  2. A list of available tests will open up. Choose the type of test you want to take. Note that each test will take about two hours to complete.
  3. Next, a calendar window will open to allow you to choose your test appointment date and time. Click on one of the dates in the calendar over the next few weeks (the dates in gray) and all available times for that date will appear. Check the time you prefer.
    • You may choose up to three preferred appointments with a time and date for each one.
    • All times are shown in your time zone, but you may change the time zone used if you prefer, below the calendar.
  1. Next, click the “Continue” button to go to the next page.
  2. Fill out your personal details required, including name, email address, postal address, driver’s license number and type of test for which you are setting an appointment.
  1. Next, click the “Submit” button to go to the next page.
  2. Upon submitting your appointment, you will be prompted to make a payment.
  3. Click “Continue to Payment” to finish the scheduling process.
  4. When you have obtained your medical card, upload your CDL Permit, current driver’s license and the medical card by taking a picture and uploading to truckschool.com at the bottom of the right homepage click 3rd Party Test. The next box has a tab, share docs. Enter your name and email your docs to NTI. IMPORTANT:  The Federal Government requires a 14 day wait from the day you obtain your permit.  This means you cannot Skills test until at least 14 days have elapsed.  Once you have booked your skills appointment begin studying the Skills test criteria.
  5. National Training will confirm your preferred CDL testing appointments by email or phone. We will also provide you with any additional instructions you’ll need to prepare for the test, as well as directions to our Training Facility, where we will conduct the testing.

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