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What kind of CDL do I need?

CDL Vehicle Classes And Required Exams

CDL License Class A Class B Class BP(S) Class C
Type of Vehicle 
Knowledge Exams Required (Core tests) General Knowledge Air Brakes Combination Vehicles General Knowledge Air Brakes General Knowledge Air Brakes Passenger Transport School Bus General Knowledge
- Passenger Transport
- Hazardous Materials
- School Bus
Skills Exams Required Pre-Trip Basic Control Skills On-Road Driving Pre-Trip Basic Control Skills On-Road Driving Pre-Trip Basic Control Skills On-Road Driving Pre-Trip Basic Control Skills On-Road Driving

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Steps Required to Obtain a CDL

  1. Pass the CDL Knowledge Test (Written Exam)
  2. Pass the CDL Skills Exam  (Driving Exam)

Passing the CDL Knowledge Exam

  • Class A Vehicles - Minimum Exams
    • General Knowledge (50 questions)
    • Air Brakes (25 Questions)
    • Combination Vehicles (20 questions)
  • Class B Vehicles (Minimum Exams)
    • General Knowledge (50 questions)
    • Air Brakes (25 questions)
  • Class BPS Vehicles (Minimum Exams)
    • General Knowledge (50 questions)
    • Air Brakes (25 questions)
    • Passenger Endorsement (20 questions)
    • School Bus Endorsement (20 questions)

Passing the CDL Knowledge Exam

• Ways to do this

  1. On your own, study the manual, and take the exam at your local Driver License exam Office
  2. In our live class - 10 4-hour class sessions in one of our local offices. Instructor explanation, practice questions and answers. You are guaranteed to pass.
  3. Online - with internet access you can practice and study for up to 21 days.

Passing the CDL Skills Exam

There are 3 parts to the CDL Skills Exam, Please consult with you local CDL office for specific skills exam testing requirements in your area.  Once you pass the knowledge exam you then must take a skills (Driving) exam in order to receive your CDL.

  1. Pre-Trip Inspection
  2. Basic control skills exercises
    • Straight line backing
    • Off-set Backing Right or Left 
    • Parallel Parking Blind side or Driver’s side
    • Alley Docking
  3. Road driving Exam