HAZMAT test preparation

Regulations and State Standards

The regulations set by the federal government are intended to protect you, as well as those around you, and the environment. They tell shippers how to package the materials safely and tell drivers how to load, transport and unload the materials.

The standards for states to test and license truck and bus drivers was established by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986. These standards require truck drivers to complete training that specifically relates to the transportation of hazardous materials and complete several exams thereafter.

TSA Assessment

In addition to passing the HAZMAT test, federal prohibits your state from issuing a hazardous materials endorsement until you undergo the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) security threat assessment. During the assessment, the driver’s fingerprints and biographical information are forwarded to TSA for vetting.

Study your State’s CDL manual!

First things first study your CDL manual: 50 State CDL Manuals

Also, when preparing for your CDL HAZMAT test, you should never look past the importance of a practice test. Some HAZMAT practice tests (like ours) will check what you already know. You can also learn by reading the understanding the federal and state rules applicable to hazardous materials.

To pass the exam, you must be able to: identify hazardous materials, safely load shipments, properly placard your vehicle in accordance with the rules, and safely transport shipments.

The skills you learn while studying for your HAZMAT test will pay off even after you’ve passed the exam. Law enforcement officers may stop and inspect your vehicle. When stopped, they may check your shipping papers, vehicle placards, the hazardous materials endorsement on your license, and your knowledge of hazardous materials.

Find your state reg’s: 50 State Motor Vehicles Websites.