How to become an approved CDL training school

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

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.

Public universities, colleges, or vocational schools

To apply for approval, email all of the following to us at cdlprogram@dol.wa.gov:

  • Your school name and address.
  • Your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number.
  • Your school phone number, fax number, email address, and website address.
  • The names of all the individuals authorized to sign the school certificate.
  • Curriculum outlines for knowledge, attitudinal, and skill concepts. The outline should identify all of the following:
    • The class of CDL (Class A, B, or C).
    • The specific training component/activity.
    • The core module the activity applies to (classroom, street driving, backing maneuvers, proficiency development, or lab/range/observation).
    • The total hours of instruction per module.
    • Instructional material and resources used to teach the course (textbooks, video, etc.).
    • The total hours of instruction for the entire course.

Private vocational schools

To apply to become an approved school:

  1. Email all of the following to us at cdlprogram@dol.wa.gov:
    • Your school name and address.
    • Your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number.
    • Your school phone number, fax number, email address, and website address.
    • The names of all the individuals authorized to sign the school certificate.
    • Curriculum outlines for knowledge, attitudinal, and skill concepts. The outline should identify all of the following:
      • The class of CDL (Class A, B, or C).
      • The specific training component/activity.
      • The core module the activity applies to (classroom, street driving, backing maneuvers, proficiency development, or lab/range/observation).
      • The total hours of instruction per module.
      • Instructional material and resources used to teach the course (textbooks, video, etc.).
      • The total hours of instruction for the entire course.
  2. Submit a curriculum outline to the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB) 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 your curriculum has been approved.
  3. If you’re currently a licensed private CDL career training school and are significantly changing your course curriculum to meet the new minimum training requirements, you must update your program information with WTECB.

How to get a school ID number

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

How to change authorized signers

Any time you add or delete an authorized signer, you must notify the CDL Program by:

  • Email: cdlprogram@dol.wa.gov.
  • Fax: 360.570.4915.
  • or
  • Mail:
    CDL Program
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9030
    Olympia, WA 98507-9030
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