Hazardous Materials Endorsement

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Brian's Comment
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So, I'm going for my CDL Permit this Friday and I have a question about HAZMAT. I'm currently passing endorsement tests fairly well. I know I can get my permit, tanker, doubles/triples the same day. I've been doing a lot of practice tests and I've been passing everything I need to know.

I'm just struggling with the HAZMAT portion. I reset my High Road Scores to try it again, and now I'm back to HAZMAT. I guess I don't know if it's because I'm trying to cram so much information for one day, or if the material is actually easier to remember and I'm just brain-freezing.

My question is what was easiest for you to remember the information for HAZMAT? How did you do it?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Gerald H. AKA Doc's Comment
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Brian I'm not sure how it is in your state but here in West Virginia you can't get the hazmat endorsement until you go to get your actual license. if that's the case then you have a little while to study. Then you can take the test the day you go to get your cdl. also you have to get a background check and finger printed before you can even take the test. just something to check out as it may be different in your state. Doc

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Brian's Comment
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Brian I'm not sure how it is in your state but here in West Virginia you can't get the hazmat endorsement until you go to get your actual license. if that's the case then you have a little while to study. Then you can take the test the day you go to get your cdl. also you have to get a background check and finger printed before you can even take the test. just something to check out as it may be different in your state. Doc

Yeah, in Wisconsin I'm able to get all endorsements while on my permit. Everything is valid for one year until I'm Class A certified, then it gets stamped to the actual license. I've been checking with DOT of Wisconsin on this for awhile to make sure. I don't think I'll be getting my HazMat Friday, I'll probably focus on the main portions and get it later this year. I start school in January, and it would be nice to be a step ahead with having those nailed down to focus on learning the truck.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Brian, the Hazmat is a lot tougher than the other endorsements. The Hazmat is actually a challenge and takes time to obtain while the other ones are extremely easy. I know you're cramming all of the other material in, but spend extra time on Hazmat. I crammed everything in easily when I was in your position but the Hazmat was also giving me trouble. You'll get it, just don't expect to rifle through it in one sitting.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Just go through the Hazmat portion of the High Road Training Program again. That's the best way to learn it. Just make sure you're looking up the answers to each question so you're getting the repetition it takes to memorize all that.

If you can get good scores on The High Road you're not going to have any problems with the written exams.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

PJ's Comment
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Brian D. best of luck on your written's....by the way how's your weather. I'm heading your way Saturday to start school in Marshfield on Monday...

Brian's Comment
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Brian D. best of luck on your written's....by the way how's your weather. I'm heading your way Saturday to start school in Marshfield on Monday...

The weather could be warmer! I saw you're starting next week, so expect 20-40 degree weather. You might see snow around Thanksgiving, but then again it is Wisconsin. I'm about 40 miles from the Roehl drop yard in South Saint Paul, connected with Werner lot. I' recommend a nice pair of driver gloves and a jacket.

Thanksfor the help on the other posts guys!

Old School's Comment
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Brian, I'm sitting in Galena Park TX getting my flat-bed loaded with sheet-rock and i decided to take a quick look at the forum. I saw your thread here and just had to comment. Like you, I went ahead and got all my endorsements with my permit except here in my home state of Texas we had to wait until we passed the driving portion of the CDL A. So when they handed me the paper license saying that I had passed I asked if I could go ahead and take the Hazmat exam now. They seemed a little surprised, but they let me.

What Brett said is right - the High Road Training Program will have you completely prepared for that test. I've got to tell you though, when I took that test I was amazed at how easy it was. If I remember correctly it was only about twenty questions. You know all those crazy charts with the various types of materials and which ones can be loaded with each other and the placard rules, etc.? I know each test is randomly chosen questions, but I bet I maybe had only one question on my test concerning that stuff. Most of mine was questions like "how many feet do you stop from a railroad track?", or "where do you keep the paper work?", "what's the first thing you do in case of a chemical spill?".

I'm not trying to discourage you from studying hard, but just want to encourage you to relax a little, and go in there like you know what you are doing. I seriously think I could have passed the exam they gave me without ever studying for it. By reading the questions carefully and using some critical thinking skills, you will be surprised how easily you will pass that exam.

Go get em!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Thanks Brian. I'm leaving the nice warm south in GA Saturday morning. I should grad the 22 so hopefully I'll miss the experience of the snow...lol...Thanks for letting me know what to expect. Guess I better throw a couple cans of starting fluid in my pickup to. Being in warm weather it don't like the cold either...

Brian's Comment
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Thanks a lot Old School! Much appreciated for all the help from everyone. I'm probably just psyching myself out because I'm cramming everything in after working every day. It should be an easy day come Friday. Looking forward to getting the permit and endorsements.

And PJ, you'll like it up here. Marshfield is an alright town, there's not much for excitement. You'll be too focused on learning the ropes in school. I look forward to hearing more about the school and your travels getting there.

I'll be starting school in January, and I can't wait. Something I'm definitely looking forward to!

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