Course Description for CDL Training

20 days/168 Clock Hours

The main goal of the CDL Training Program is to provide students will the hands-on training and knowledge to obtain a Class A CDL certification and gain entry level employment as a CDL operator. The 20-day program features instruction on driving safety, combination vehicles, trip planning, log book practices and public and employee relations. In addition to 40 hours of classroom instruction and 88 hours of driving skills tests and practice exams, students receive 20 hours of over the road training on rural highway, interstate and city driving.

*Note: Saturday classes may be required due to campus holidays. Students will be prepared to take the CDL permit exam at the conclusion of the first week of class to allow the student to drive under the supervision of a CDL instructor.

    Upon Program Completion:

  • Receives a CDL Training Course Diploma
  • Prepares students to take their state Class A CDL licensing exam

    Course Subject Descriptions Are As Follows:

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Week 1. Classroom Training

40 Clock Hours-Lecture

The topics for week 1 will include:

  1. CDL knowledge Section 1 pgs. 3-12
  2. Driving Safely Section 2 pgs. 13-51
  3. Air breaks Section 5 pgs. 62-69, Combination Vehicles Section 6, pgs. 70-79
  4. Log Books
  5. Trip Planning
  6. Public and Employee Relations
  7. The student will be prepared with practice tests to take the CDL permit exam.



Week 2-4. Range and Road Training

20 Range Hours/ 20 Over the Road Hours/ 28 Observation Hours/ 60 Remedial Training Hours

The state specific Occupational Skill topics for weeks 2, 3, and 4 will include reading and interpreting control systems, performing pre-tip vehicle inspection, completing post-trip vehicle condition report, execute shifting, back tractor-trailer straight line backing, back tractor-trailer serpentine backing, back and parallel park tractor-trailer, back and dock tractor-trailer, uncouple trailer, couple trailer, exercise basic control, performing visual search, managing and adjusting vehicle speed, managing and adjusting vehicle space relations, identifying potential driving hazards and performing emergency maneuvers, identifying and adjusting to difficult and extreme driving conditions, reading shipping documents and evaluate cargo load, dealing with accident scenes and reporting procedures, recording and maintaining hours or service reporting procedures, and planning trips.



Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older for admission to the program.
  • Must be 21 years of age for interstate travel.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and obtain a CDL permit prior to field training.
  • Meet physical qualifications as specified by the state and possess D.O.T. physical upon enrollment.
  • Willing to participate in a controlled substance & alcohol testing program as mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration and a State's Department of Transportation.



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