Learn To Drive The Big Rigs!
CLASS “A” TRACTOR-TRAILER/COMMERCIAL DRIVER TRAINING COURSE
This Certificate Program is approved, authorized and licensed by the Kentucky State Board for Proprietary Education.
Tractor-Trailer / Commercial Driver Training Highlights
This course is designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience. This program includes all the learning tools needed to pass the Class “A” CDL driver’s test. The individual will receive a learner’s permit, cover endorsement preparation and DOT rules and regulations, vehicle inspection, log books, map-reading, trip planning, and complete vehicle training to prepare for an entry-level position in the trucking industry. In addition, the program includes the Class “A” CDL road test. A certificate is awarded upon completion. Training is scheduled around holidays and interruptions caused by weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Course Outline / Classroom – 40 hours
- CDL Permit Study
- Endorsement Study
- Log Book / Hours of Service
- Map Reading / Trip Planning
- DOT Regulations
- Hazard Perception
- Night Operation
- Extreme Driving Conditions
- Railroad Crossing Safety
- Accident Reports
- Combination Vehicles
Driving Range / Road Skills – 120 Hours
- Pre-Trip Inspection
- Couple / Uncouple
- Straight-Line Backing
- Offset Backing
- Parallel Parking
- Shifting / turns
- Double Clutching
- Hazard Perception
- Uphill / Downhill Grades
- Lane Changes
- Space Management
- Class “A” CDL Skills Test
The course consists of 160 hours and may be completed in approximately 4 weeks. Classes are 40 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, 8am to 7 pm, with an hour for lunch and two 15- minute breaks. No classes are held on Friday.
Program Entry Requirements
A high-school diploma or GED is not required.
Individuals must be able to read, write and speak the English language; be able to meet the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) physical requirements; pass a drug screen; and have a valid driver’s license at the time of class registration.
The program may train individuals 18 and over, but has limited job-placement assistance resources for individuals under the age of 21.
It is recommended that the student obtain a copy of their Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the Circuit Court Clerk’s office prior to starting the program.
The following may disqualify individuals:
- Driving record inconsistent with industry standards for entry-level driving positions
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
- History of mental disorder
- Permanent disability or other physical limitations
Course Fee - $4,000
160 Hour Class “A” Tractor-Trailer/Commercial Driver Training Program
Included in fees:
- DOT Physical / Drug Screen
- Instruction Permit
- Kentucky Commercial Driver’s License
Withdrawal with refund (less any expenses incurred) must be in writing by the end of the second day class meets. After the second day of class, the school does NOT refund any tuition or partial tuition if the school is capable and willing to train the student. In the event the student does not pass the DOT physical, any monies paid toward tuition will be refunded, minus the cost of the DOT physical.
- Personal financing, such as your own bank
- Loans from family members
- Loans from life insurance policies
- Refinancing of an existing loan
- MasterCard / Visa / American Express
- WIOA - Workforce Investment Act
- TAA – Trade Adjustment Assistance
- Kentucky Farm Workers
(Contact your local job service office to see if you qualify for WIOA, TAA or KY Farm Workers benefits)
Our classroom is located at:
Somerset Community College
Somerset Campus South
230 Airport Road – Bldg. 1
Somerset, KY 42501