Frontier Cooperative is now offering third-party CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) testing out of its home office located in Brainard, Nebr. Frontier Safety Director Cody Hull became authorized as a third-party tester, as overseen by the requirements set forth by the NDMV (Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles).
To become certified with the State of Nebraska, Hull completed 40 hours of online coursework and an additional 40-hour course through Southeast Community College. He is authorized to conduct the following tests: Vehicle Inspection, Basic Controls Skills, and On-Road Driving Test.
Obtaining a CDL with the State of Nebraska is a multi-step process. Applicants must first contact their local DMV to provide all necessary documentation, complete a vision test, complete the CLP (Commercial Learner’s Permit) and CDL forms, and take the written exam. Once applicants pass the written exam and obtain their CLP, the NDMV requires CLP holders to wait 14 days until taking the basic skills and driving tests.
According to Hull, anyone driving a commercial vehicle that would require a CDL endorsement should consider applying for a CDL. Frontier offers the third-party testing services to Frontier employees at no cost. CDL testing is offered to outside parties for a $250 fee, which includes two attempts. Frontier Coop employees are allowed to use company vehicles for their testing, while outside parties must bring their own vehicle that represents the type of CDL for which they are applying.
Hull says that it’s gone really well since Frontier began offering the third-party testing in July, and it’s just one more step Frontier is taking to provide more services to rural communities.
“Offering third-party CDL testing is a great benefit to our employees to save time and money. We don’t have to send our employees to the DMV; they can schedule time during work hours to get it done,” says Hull. “We’ve had a handful of Frontier employees complete the testing, as well as some of our patrons taking advantage of this service offered by their cooperative. It’s a win-win.”
For more information about obtaining a CDL and the requirements, visit https://dmv.nebraska.gov/cdl/cdl.
To coordinate a testing date with Frontier Cooperative, contact Cody Hull at 402.403.2294 or visit www.frontiercooperative.com/Safety for more details.