Hazmat Endorsement for Your CDL
A Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) endorsement is required for all Commercial Drivers who hope to take and deliver materials that are deemed hazardous by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Some examples of this include explosives, gases, poisons, and radioactive materials. Drivers who possess this endorsement have greater specific responsibilities than those of the standard professional truck driver. This endorsement also offers drivers other incentives, including being more sought after by companies and carriers, more career opportunities, and higher wages on average.
Any Class A CDL truck driver that wants to add this endorsement to their license can now do Hazmat training at Georgia Driving Academy. Due to the ELDT mandate that went into effect on February 7, 2022, the Hazmat classroom training program must be completed before taking the state written test at the BMV or DMV. Georgia Driving Academy’s six (6) hour training is affordable and has flexible schedules for any experienced or entry-level truck driver.
Specialized “H” Endorsement Training
Individuals who wish to take part in the “H” endorsement training will need to complete specific criteria involved with hauling hazardous materials and tankers. This criteria includes:
- Hazardous material-specific pre-trip inspection
- Vehicle operations with a tanker (high center of gravity, fluid-load subject to surge and the effects, partial load effects, etc.)
- Cargo inspection
- Properties and hazards of material being transported
Students will also learn the nine different classes of hazardous material from the FMCSA:
- Class 1 – Explosive Materials
- Class 2 – Compressed Gases
- Class 3 – Flammable Liquid and Combustible Liquid
- Class 4 – Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, and Dangerous When Wet
- Class 5 – Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide
- Class 6 – Poison and Poison Inhalation Hazard
- Class 7 – Radioactive Materials
- Class 8 – Corrosive Materials
- Class 9 – Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials
Hazmat Training at Georgia Driving Academy
Georgia Driving Academy now offers a 6-hour training course for students who wish to obtain their “H” endorsement. The hazmat training meets all FMCSA ELDT Part 380 requirements and is now available at both GDA campuses in Conyers and Columbus. Our hazmat classes are offered on a monthly schedule, which you can view here.