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Truck Driver School – Class A Driver’s License

Students looking to train for their Class A driver’s license training in our entry-level or advanced driver programs can do so at any of our truck driver training schools near Boston (Northern MA/New Hampshire or Southern MA/Rhode Island), Hartford/Springfield area, and Bridgeport, CT. If you have any questions about which program is the right fit for you, please call your location of interest or complete the form below and someone from our Admissions Team will be in touch to answer any questions.

Class A Commercial Driver's License Program

Class A Commercial Vehicle Tractor and Trailer

The Commercial Drivers License Program offers people with no, or very limited experience or training an in-depth background of the trucking industry, a thorough introduction to long haul driving with 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. You will learn about general knowledge, air brakes systems and tractor trailers in preparation for your CDL-A permit.

In the second section, you'll learn about the different types of commercial vehicles and how the different parts like air brakes and transmissions work. You'll use classroom activity and observation of training aids to help understand 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. Here is where you can learn all about 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. You 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 way of reducing commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes, fatalities and injuries. Students may receive certifications in hazardous materials and in-class forklift training. Other subjects covered are personal health and safety, drug and alcohol awareness, international driving, road side inspections, and job search techniques.

The final part of the Class A driver’s license school program is hands-on and includes observation activities, including Registry Practice Training and a mock Registry Test to prepare you for the State Commercial Driver's License Exam. You will receive instruction in all areas of Registry Test procedures, with special attention given to areas of improvement you may need in order to be successful.

Commercial Driver's License Preparation Program

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.

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