43,000 Medical Professionals Are Certified to Perform Physicals for CMV Drivers — Are You?

More than 43,000 medical professional are now trained, certified, and listed on the National Registry to be able to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, a requirement that went into effect May 1, 2014.

The need for certified medical examiners is increasing. According to the U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast, compiled by the American Trucking Association, major growth is predicted for the trucking industry. The forecast suggests that intermodal transport will grow at a rate of 6.6 percent per year until 2016.

Do you want to become certified?

If you are interested in becoming a certified medical examiner, now is the perfect time to get started. The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is prepared to assist you in the certification process. PAMED is a registered NRCME training provider for health care professionals seeking to be listed on the National Registry website.

PAMED’s online training course is designed to meet the core curriculum requirements for medical examiners according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This training is the first step to becoming a Certified Medical Examiner.

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The online training, which includes nine modules that are 40-90 minutes each, has been approved for Category 1 CME Credits. Participants have unlimited 24/7 access from their computer, laptop, or mobile device, as well as the ability to start and pause training according to their schedule.


Member cost with CME — $435

Member cost without CME — $385

Non-member cost with CME — $585

Non-member cost without CME — $535

After completing the training, you must also pass the certification test to be listed on the National Registry. If you fail the test, you must wait at least 30 days before taking it again. This online training program has a 99 percent pass rate for the national exam.

Your certification will expire 10 years from the issue date, and you will be required to complete periodic training every five years and recertification every 10 years.

Here is a step-by-step checklist for obtaining CDL medical examiner certification that providers may find helpful.

Once you are added to the registry, you also must comply with several administrative requirements. Read more about the requirements to become a certified medical examiner. All of these requirements are outlined in further detail in the FAQs developed by the National Registry.

Training Features

  • Delivered 100 percent online – no travel, no classroom time, and no time away from work or home
  • Unlimited 24/7 access from your PC, laptop, iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device
  • Ability to start/stop/pause training according to your schedule
  • Instant Certificate/Proof of Participation upon completion
  • 9.5 CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™