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How to Train for the Class B CDL

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If you want a career as a delivery driver or light duty truck driver a class B CDL license may be required. This allows you to drive vehicles that weight more than 26,000 pounds but tow vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. Though it does not allow you to drive heavy duty tractor trailers, it may lead to a better career. Preparing for the test requires just a few weeks of training and study along with practical hands-on training in a light duty truck.

Sign up for a CDL class B truck driving class at a well-known truck driving school like Roadmasters. This is a truck driving training institute and it offers a three-week training course for both class A and class B endorsements. Complete the classroom training and hands-on practical training with a licensed instructor.

Take additional time to study for the CDL class B exam by obtaining a book on the class B CDL exam like the Barron's "How to Prepare for the Class B CDL Exam" book.

Sign up to take the test for the class B CDL exam at your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). Complete and pass the test by correctly answering 80 percent of the true/false and multiple choice questions on the exam.

Register for the skills portion of the test (it is a separate test) at the same DMV and complete this test. It involves several practical hands-on skills you will need in your career as a truck driver. They include performing inspections, backing up the trailer and operating the vehicle in traffic. Pass this test to complete the class B certification.

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Additional certifications for air brakes and hauling hazardous materials may be required by various employers. These are additional certifications and you must take and pass a separate test to obtain them.

There are course materials, books and practice tests to assist you in obtaining these additional certifications. Look to see if they are offered as a course at your truck driver training school and sign up for them if you intend to get these certifications.

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