CDL/Truck Driving

Classes will begin in 2021

  • Students are afforded:

    1. A total of four weeks (160 hours) of instruction:
      • Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm
        • including 80 hours of classroom instruction
        • 80 hours of behind the wheel instruction
      • instruction in automatic and manual transmission operation
    2. Textbooks and course materials
    3. Licensing costs

  • Offered Curriculum:

    • Orientation
    • Control Systems/Dashboard
    • Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
    • Basic Control
    • Shifting/Operating Transmissions
    • Backing and Docking
    • Coupling and Uncoupling
    • Visual Search
    • Communication
    • Distracted Driving
    • Speed Management
    • Space Management
    • Night Operation
    • Extreme Driving Conditions
    • Hazard Perception
    • Skid Control/Recovery, Jackknifing, and Other Emergencies
    • Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
    • Identification and Diagnosis of Malfunctions
    • Roadside Inspections
    • Maintenance
    • Handling and Documenting Cargo
    • Environmental Compliance Issues
    • Hours of Service Requirements
    • Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
    • Post-Crash Procedures
    • External Communications
    • Trip Planning
    • Drugs/Alcohol
    • Medical Requirements
    • Range & Public Road Practice

What you can expect from the CDL/Truck Driving Program:

This introductory course will give students a basic understanding of commercial driving and prepare individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to drive trucks, buses, delivery vehicles, and other for-hire vehicles and commercial vehicles. The course will cover basic principles, scientific principles and applications of safety.

Included is instruction in:

  • operating gas, diesel and electrically-powered vehicles;
  • loading and unloading cargo or passengers;
  • reporting delays or accidents on the road;
  • verifying load against shipping papers; and
  • record keeping.
  • Prerequisites and eligibility:

    • Must be 21 years of age
    • Possess a valid driver's license
    • Must pass a DOT physical exam
    • Submit a five (5) year DMV driving record
    • Present a Social Security card
    • No disqualifying legal history
    • High school diploma or equivalent recommended
      • If high school diploma is not available, students must complete an entrance exam (CASAS) (Work Keys) in addition to Academy entrance protocol