How to become an approved CDL training school

To qualify to provide CDL training courses, your school must be one of the following:

  • Public university, college, community college, or vocational school accredited by:
    • The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
    • or
    • An accrediting association recognized by the Department of Education.
  • Licensed private vocational school.
  • Out-of-state school we have approved to provide training.

How to apply to become an approved CDL training school

Before your school can offer a CDL training course, we must review and approve your course outline and curriculum to ensure it meets the minimum training requirements.

To apply for approval send us all the following (see the application for where to send the materials):

  • CDL Training School Application.
  • Curriculum outlines for knowledge, attitudinal, and skill concepts. The outline should identify all the following:
    • The class of CDL (Class A, B, or C).
    • Specific training components/activities, including:
      • Overview of subjects covered
      • List of training materials used
      • Types of equipment used
      • Core module the activity applies to (classroom, street driving, backing maneuvers, proficiency development, or lab/range/observation)
    • Total course hours
    • Class schedule including number of months/days/weeks and hours of operation
    • Method and form used to track student attendance and actual training hours received per component
    • When during the course the student will receive the hours per category minimum per WAC 308-100-033
    • Instructor to student ratio
    • Physical address where training will be conducted
    • Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)

We're partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) in support of eliminating human trafficking. TAT is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and has been working with the trucking industry since 2009 to:

  • Educate
  • Equip
  • Empower
  • Mobilize industry members to fight human trafficking as part of their everyday jobs.

Since TAT began, calls from truckers to the the National Human Trafficking Hotline have increased.

As of December 31, 2016 TAT has received almost 1,600 calls. Those calls represent:

  • 503 likely cases of human trafficking
  • 1098 victims, with 299 of them minors

Starting July 1, 2017, all schools must include a segment on human trafficking in all CDL classroom training to maintain certification with us. Training includes a 26 minute video and brochure (wallet card) information review. Instructors can review the wallet card information or show a webinar, available from TAT, to all students. TAT training is in addition to the minimum training hours required.

You must contact TAT directly to get the instructional DVD and wallet cards. You can reach them by email: tat.truckers@gmail.com or phone: 612.888.4828.

Private vocational schools also need to:

  • Submit a school application to the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB) (www.wtb.wa.gov) at the same time you submit your curriculum outline to us. When we approve your curriculum outline, we'll notify WTECB. They won't approve your school until they receive notification from us that we've approved your curriculum.

How to get a school ID number

After we've reviewed and approved your curriculum outline, we'll mail you a letter with a unique school ID number assigned to your training school. You must place this number on each certificate form you issue.

How to submit changes

Any time you make changes such as address, phone number, authorized signers, etc., you must notify the CDL Program by:

  • Email: cdlprogram@dol.wa.gov.
  • or
  • Mail:
    CDL Program
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9030
    Olympia, WA 98507-9030

If you're a private vocational school and are significantly changing your course curriculum to meet the new minimum training requirements, you'll need to update your program information with WTECB (fortress.wa.gov).

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