FMCSA Extends Waiver for Third Party CLP Testing

December 18, 2020

Today, December 18, the FMCSA took critical action to further assist in the national recovery effort by continuing to waive various federal requirements in the trucking industry. Today’s waiver extends until Feb. 28th, States’ ability to permit third party testers to administer the CLP knowledge test. As well, the waiver now eliminates the original April 9, 2020 certification date, by which time schools previously needed to be certified as third party testers. Now, schools certified as third party testers after April 9 can administer CLPs. CVTA thanks the FMCSA for today’s actions and thanks the states that have adopted the CLP waiver to streamline the licensing process.
The official document states:

(1) Under this waiver, the State must provide third-party CDL skills test examiners with access to written training/instructional materials for the knowledge test training referenced in 49 CFR 384.228(c)(3) regarding the general and specialized knowledge tests, administration of the knowledge test, and the selection of the appropriate tests and test forms. States may provide these materials electronically or through other means. The State is not, however, required to provide these examiners with formal in person or online training in administering the CDL knowledge tests.

(2) This waiver applies only to third-party CDL skills test examiners who have maintained their CDL test examiner certification. Third-party CDL skills test examiners who have not maintained their CDL test examiner certification by taking the required refresher training course and examination every four years, as required under 49 CFR 384.228(f), or have an expired CDL test examiner certification, are not covered under this waiver.

The full document can be read here.