Students can pursue their Class A driver’s license training in our entry-level or advanced driver programs at our truck driver schools in Boston (North and South), Hartford/Springfield area, and Bridgeport, CT. If you have any questions after reading about your desired program below, please call your location of interest or complete the form below and a representative will be in touch to answer any specific questions.
The Commercial Drivers License Program offers an individual with no, or very limited experience or training an in-depth background of the trucking industry, a thorough introduction to long haul driving with sufficient driving time to develop the skills necessary to achieve a passing grade on the State Commercial Driver's License Examination. Successful completion of the program and passage of the registry examination initially qualifies the graduate for a range of jobs up to and including an Entry Level non-supervised solo driving position.
This program starts in the classroom to show you the basics, and then it's time to get behind the wheel in our training yard to learn how to maneuver, park and back a tractor trailer. Before long, you'll be out on the road with a driving instructor practicing what you've learned on highway and city streets!
The beginning part of the program is designed to help you understand the trucking industry and how to drive commercial vehicles safely. Students will learn general knowledge, air brakes systems and combination vehicles in preparation for their CDL-A permit. Students are also introduced to basic log book entries and 49 CFR, entry-level driver training requirements.
In the second section, you'll learn about the wide variety of commercial vehicles and their associated components such as air brakes and transmissions. Students use classroom activity coupled with observation of training aids to refine their understanding of these systems.
Part three covers reference material such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Handbook, Hazardous Material Regulations Guide, in-depth Log Book Instructions and Worksheets, Motor Carrier Atlas, and Operator and Company Forms. Students can expand their knowledge of the federal and applicable state regulations.
You'll be taught about loading and unloading cargo in part four, as well as coupling/uncoupling tractor trailer units, weights and scales, sliding axles and fifth wheels, special rigs, documents, refrigeration, tankers, double & triple trailers, and hazardous materials.
Course five provides training in the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Certification Courses, visual search, communication, speed & space management, night driving, extreme driving hazards, and skid control. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the National Safety Council upon successful completion of this course.
In the sixth section, students are taught the purpose of comprehensive safety analysis to promote and develop a more effective method of reducing commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes, fatalities and injuries. Students may receive certifications in hazardous materials and in-class forklift training. Other subject matter covered includes personal health and safety, drug and alcohol awareness, international driving, road side inspections, basic business practices, and job search techniques.
The final part of the Class A driver’s license school program consists of both hands-on and observational activities of field and road training, including Registry Practice Training and a mock Registry Test to prepare students for their State Commercial Driver's License Exam. Students will receive instruction in all areas pertaining to Registry Test procedures, with special attention given to areas of improvement the student may require in order to be successful.
Also four-part course is shorter and can offer someone the opportunity to qualify for a CDL. This program is less intensive and can offer the chance for current Class B CDL holders, or those with alternate truck driving experience the training and behind the wheel experience, to test for their CDL Class A license. Successful completion qualifies the student to work as a co-driver or driver trainee. Additional training in job requirements and proficiency development would be required to qualify for a solo driving position.
This beginning phase is designed to develop an understanding of the trucking industry and teach the building blocks of safe Class A commercial vehicle operation.
Included in the second segment are various observation and performing maneuvers the student needs to master in order to pass the State Commercial Driver's License Exam, such as straight backing, alley docking, parallel sight side and blind side backing maneuvers.
During section three, students observe and learn to maneuver a commercial vehicle on city streets, highways, and rural roads.
In the final segment of this advanced Class A driver’s license program, students can perfect their ability in pre-trip inspection techniques and required backing maneuvers and test their training by operating the vehicle on city streets, rural roads and highways.