CDL Training Course
CDL Training Course Overview
Delta Tech offers a hands-on training course for drivers interested in earning their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Throughout the CDL Training Course, students will have classroom, range, road, and remedial training. Course participants will also learn to execute relevant skills, fulfilling their training for an entry-level position in the trucking industry.
CDL training at Delta Tech familiarizes students with the issuing state’s CDL, driver safety, air brakes, combination vehicles, log books, trip planning, and public and employee relations requirements. Additionally, the CDL Training Course will educate students so they are prepared to take the state licensing exam and obtain a CDL with the issuing state.
After successfully completing the CDL Training Course, students will receive a certificate of completion.
Delta Technical College also offers a Professional Truck Driving Program which prepares students for a career as a truck driver through a comprehensive 20-week training program.
*Not all programs and courses are available at all campuses.
• State CDL Knowledge
• Driving Safety
• Air Brakes
• Combination Vehicles
• Log Books
• Trip Planning
• Public and Employee Relations
Week 2-4: Range, Road & Remedial
• Reading and Interpreting Control Systems
• Pre-trip Vehicle Inspections
• Post-trip Vehicle Condition Reports
• Shift Execution
• Backing, Parking and Docking Procedures
• Coupling and Uncoupling Trailers
• Managing and Adjusting Vehicle Speed
• Managing and Adjusting Vehicle Space Relations
• Identifying Potential Driving Hazards
• Performing Emergency Maneuvers
• Identifying and Adjusting to Extreme Driving Conditions
• Planning Trips and Recording & Maintaining Hours
CDL Truck Driver FAQ
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that CDL truck drivers, and most tractor-trailer drivers, are long-haul drivers who operate vehicles that weigh in at more than 26,000 lbs. Depending on their employers and positions, some truck drivers can drive national routes, allowing for plenty of travel as they work.
- For heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, the median annual wage was $45,260 in May 2019, according to BLS. Drivers are typically paid by the mile and work full-time with the potential to earn bonuses.
- Many truck drivers find employment in truck transportation, wholesale trade, manufacturing, and construction, and some are self-employed. Truck drivers spend most of their time on the road, which can be a major lifestyle adjustment.
Most drivers’ routes are assigned by their dispatchers, but some drivers plan their own routes. Depending on their jobs, drivers can take long routes throughout the country that require them to be away from home for days at a time or drivers can select local routes, which may require them to drive two shipments in a day.
- BLS estimates that the employment for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers will grow by 2% from 2019 to 2029. As the economy depends on truck transportation, the demand for drivers will increase. Currently, trucks transport most of the freight in the United States, so drivers are in demand as much as all other occupations.
- The CDL Training Course is $4,000.
CDL Training at Delta Technical College
There are a lot of career paths for commercial truck drivers, from local jobs to part-time opportunities. CDL classes at Delta Tech (DTC) can prepare students for entry-level truck driver positions. The 20-day CDL Training Course is a combination of classroom instruction where students learn the state CDL manuals, and behind-the-wheel training on the range where they will practice driving maneuvers. Students will also gain experience on the open road, preparing them for the real-world experience of driving a truck. Instructors are experienced professionals who offer hands-on instruction, teaching students how to correctly and safely perform the required skill standards necessary for an entry-level truck driving position.
The DTC driving school near Memphis, at the Horn Lake, Mississippi campus, and the Ridgeland, MS campus prepares students to pass the state licensing exam and obtain a Class A CDL license with the issuing state. The CDL Training Course provides the student knowledge of the issuing state’s CDL, driver safety, air brakes, combination vehicles, log books, trip planning, public and employee relations requirements.
Financial assistance is not available for the CDL Training Course.
In addition to driving tractor trailers and transporting goods around the country, truck drivers with a Class A CDL license can also be bus drivers, delivery truck drivers, and heavy machinery operators. Truck drivers must also be able to secure cargo, carefully inspect and maintain their rig, and follow all applicable federal and state driving regulations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “As the demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.” The BLS predicts the job outlook for truck driver will increase by 2% from 2019 to 2029. *www.bls.gov
Delta Tech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
Delta Tech is a member of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA).
Delta Technical College is licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary Schools and College Registration, Certificate No. C-624. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Delta Technical College is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.