3rd Party CDL Driving Testing

CDL 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 here, by filling out our appointment forms, beginning at the bottom of this page.


                                    ***NEW FLORIDA CDL TESTING RULES***

Effective Thursday, March 15, 2018 the provisions below will be implemented. Just to clarify the policies listed below should not be implemented prior to Thursday, March 15, 2018.  All tests administered on and after March 15, 2018, must adhere to the policies below.    


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.


Basic Control Skills

  • Random Selection of Maneuvers. The third maneuver of the BCS test will be the alley dock.

1) Straightline

2) Offset Right or Left

3) Alley Dock

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 Drivers 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.)

In order to take the skills portion of CDL testing, you MUST hold a valid Florida CDL Temporary Driving Permit, so you must complete the written test first.  Before taking the written test, you should study the Florida CDL Handbook, especially sections 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Next You Must Pass the Three-Part CDL Skills Test

Once you have held your CDL Temporary Driving Permit for a minimum of 14 days, you are eligible to continue the CDL testing at our Training Grounds, under the direction of a National Training 3rd Party Tester.  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.

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, before making a CDL testing appointment with us.  You should also have studied these relevant parts of the 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. 

Applicants who have taken and passed the CDL three-part skills test (Pre-trip, Basic Skills, Road Test) will have their CDL restricted to “No Manual Transmission Commercial Motor Vehicle” if any part of the CDL Skills test was performed in a vehicle with automatic transmission.

The Skills Test — Where the Rubber Meets the Road

When you arrive at our National Training Grounds for your CDL testing appointment, you should have a valid Florida Drivers License and Florida CDL Temporary Driving Permit.  Testing will be conducted in accordance with the Florida CDL Handbook and the Florida CDL Examiner’s Manual.

Your 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)
    • Parallel Park (driver side or conventional)   Not after 3/15/18
    • 90-Degree Alley Dock
  3. 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 a Florida DMV office to receive your CDL Drivers License.

NOTE:  If your Skills Tester determines that you do not have the skills needed to continue, he will discontinue the test.  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

The fee for CDL testing at National Training varies, depending on the day of the week .  A full test costs $450.  Of course, by paying this fee, you are in no way assured that you will pass the test.  You must have the knowledge and skills to do that.  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 Test: $450.00 ($500.00 if scheduled Saturdays and $600.00 if scheduled Sundays)
  • Lift Air Brake Restriction: $100.00
  • Retest required to pass CDL Skills test: $100.00
  • If a scheduled test is cancelled, within 72 hours of your time slot there will be no refund.
  • $100.00  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.
  4. Next, click the “Continue” button to go to the next page.
  5. 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.
  6. Next, click the “Submit” button to go to the next page.
  7. Upon submitting your appointment you will be prompted to make a payment.
  8. Click “Continue to Payment” to finish the scheduling process.

National Training will confirm one of your preferred CDL testing appointments by email.  We will also provide you with any additional instructions you’ll need to prepare for the test, as well as directions to our Training Grounds, where we will conduct the testing.

Schedule an Appointment