The only testing companies that can offer the in-person DOT NRCME national exam are PSI and Prometric (Comira, still listed on the FMCSA website, was acquired by PSI in 2016). While both testing companies offer the same $79 exam, there is a big difference between the two. To better understand what that difference is, one must start at the beginning of the certification process.
Once a provider completes an accredited training program, such as ours, they are automatically issued a personalized and dated Certificate of Completion. Using that certificate, providers will then apply for their free account with the DOT/FMCSA, who will, among other things, require you to submit the date you received your Certificate of Completion. Upon completing the application, the DOT will issue the provider a 10-digit national registry number and then verify the provider’s credentials, which can take one to three weeks. Once they have verified the provider, they will add the provider’s name and national registry number to a database that the testing companies tap into when a provider attempts to schedule the exam. Presently, the DOT will not notify providers when they have been verified, providers will only know they have been verified when they can schedule the exam. The difference between the two testing companies is that PSI will only allow a provider to sit for the national exam with a Certificate of Completion that is no more than one year from the date of issuance, while Prometric will allow a certificate to be no more than three years from the date of issuance, with three years being the time frame set by the FMCSA. The testing companies know the date of your certificate from your DOT application. Providers who want to sit for the exam with a certificate that is more than three years old must contact the DOT/FMCSA directly for assistance. Once a provider passes the national exam then their ten-year certification period begins, with a required refresher training in year five, which to date is still not available.
DOT Study Guide
Medical providers who completed a different NRCME training program and feel that they are not fully prepared to sit for the NRCME National Certification examination can purchase our proprietary NRCME Exam Reference Materials for $99, which include the following:
- NRCME Study and Reference Guide
- NRCME Question Bank*
- Pretest Review for the National Certification Examination
- The CMV Driver Examination.pdf (New for 2022)
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- The Job of a Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver
- 4 PDF editions of The NRCME Report newsletter - a $99 value.
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