In the upcoming 2 years, an estimated 40,000 medical examiners across the country will be required to complete a training
program before becoming certified to perform physical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers. In addition, certified
medical examiners must complete refresher training every five years and recertify every 10 years.
To become an eligible training provider, organizations must be accredited and develop training that conforms to
and guidelines for medical examiners. FMCSA has prepared the following
online reference documents to help prepare training organizations and medical examiners alike:
Core Curriculum - Provides the outline for the training medical
examiners should receive through private-sector training providers. It includes FMCSA regulations and related guidance.
Sample Training - A comprehensive example of medical examiner training that demonstrates one way to cover the eight training topics in the core curriculum required by FMCSA.
Complete Guide to Medical Examiner Certification - Introduces medical examiners to the necessary steps to earn FMCSA certification. The handbook focuses primarily on training and certification testing. The handbook also covers how to maintain active certification or become recertified if the requirements to remain active are not met.
Medical Examiner Handbook -This handbook provides information and guidance to the medical examiner who performs the commercial driver medical examination.
Determining driver medical fitness for duty is a critical element of the FMCSA safety program. Specialists, such as cardiologists and endocrinologists,
may perform additional medical evaluation, but it is the medical examiner who decides if the driver is medically qualified to drive.