Commercial Driver License Third Party Examiner Program

Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) of Vancouver, Washington, with the support and assistance of the Washington State Department of Licensing
( DOL) Commercial Driver’s License Division (CDL) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Student Transportation Division,  trains, monitors, and evaluates personnel wishing to become skill test examiners for the Third Party Examination (TPE) program for school districts in the State of Washington.

ESD 112 employs highly qualified individuals to perform skill test examinations for candidates of the Commercial Driver’s License on a continuing basis. ESD 112 monitors, audits, and provides required in-service training for successful candidates to ensure that the highest possible standards of uniformity and competency are met and maintained throughout the 295 school districts of Washington State.

Qualifications:   Candidates must have a minimum of five years as a successful school bus driver trainer and possess knowledge of commercial driver's license requirements.  Each candidate must complete a three-day examiner-specific training conducted by Educational Service District and the Department of Licensing. Curriculum for the course follows existing DOL testing standards as well as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) guidelines.

Interested parties should contact:   Glenn Gorton, Program Supervisor, Operations/Depreciation Allocations, OSPI.

Resources for Current Third Party Examiners

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Questions and Answers?

  • What is the fee for CDL Third Party Examination and who pays? The current rate for tests given by examiners  is $100 (plus a $10 processing fee for credit card, debit card, and open purchase order payments).  Depending on the arrangement with the district, the driver being tested may be required to pay all or part of the fee, or the school district may pay it.  Testing fees are payable to ESD 112.  
  • Who furnishes training manuals, records, forms, and other necessary materials?   The Department of Licensing will provide each examiner with all forms necessary to conduct tests.
  • Who provides the training venue and applicable employment and record keeping requirements?   ESD 112 will maintain all employment records, timesheets, and payroll information for each examiner.
  • What is the role of OSPI?  Glenn Gorton, Program Supervisor, will provide technical support and assistance to the program, organizing tests as needed, and monitoring annual certification requirements for examiners and test route approvals.
  •  What does the examiner need to provide?  Successful candidates will furnish their own testing equipment (i.e. 20-24 12” high traffic cones, clip board, flashlight, etc.)

Contact Us

Glenn Gorton Program Supervisor, OSPI
360.725.6120
Rodney McKnight Regional Transportation Coordinator
360.952.3595 (office)
360.994.2693 (cell)
Cherrie Williams Regional Transportation Secretary
360.952.3641