TO QUALIFY - Applicants for this training program must possess a valid driver's license (or a valid driver's license from your official state of residence) that you have held for the period of one year with an acceptable driving record (MVR). Applicants must also pass a DOT physical exam by an approved medical examiner and provide a copy of the results to the school prior to the start of their training date.
ELDT CERTIFIED COURSE - The curriculum standards of this course incorporate the curricular recommendations set forth by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA), new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule; effective on February 7, 2022, which established new minimum training standards for certain individuals applying for their commercial driver's license (CDL) for the first time; an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for the first time. These individuals are subject to the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements and must complete a prescribed program of instruction provided by an entity that is listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR).
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES - The primary objective of this certificate program is to prepare students with the necessary skills to handle a commercial passenger bus vehicle in a safe and professional manner sufficiently to pass a state skills exam and become a licensed commercial driver. This objective will be met by providing a solid curriculum that includes theory and behind the wheel instruction. Students will receive up to 72 hours of combined classroom, lab, range, and road driver training.
Program objectives include but are not limited to:
• Develop driving skills in maneuvering a commercial passenger bus vehicle as required by the industry and federal DOT regulations.
• Acquaint students with safety regulations and precautions throughout the training program.
• Introduce students to the current Department of Transportation laws and regulations and the new FMCSA Entry-Level Driver Training rule.
• Develop the proper attitude of responsible employees who will perform their duties in a manner that will be a credit to the trade and industry.
• Provide a general overview of the industry, how it functions and what to expect as new entry-level commercial drivers.
• Acquaint students with driving on public road and highways through applied experience maneuvering in various traffic conditions.
• Adopt an effective and detailed approach to driver records, and trip planning, including map reading, route selection, cargo restrictions, paper, and e-logs. Students will have received actual behind-the-wheel instruction and practice at our range training facilities prior to highway driving.
COURSE LENGTH - This course design is three (3) weeks, five (5) days per week. The first week consists of theory classes. The student must complete this course section within the first week from the start of their class date, pass a DOT Physical Exam and submit a copy to the school, and obtain their Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) from their state of residence prior to attending the in person behind the wheel portion of their course program.
Students will have received actual behind-the-wheel instruction and practice at our range training facilities prior to driving on public roads and highways
CLASSROOM, LAB, RANGE, & ROAD TRAINING SCHEDULE (location dependent)
Week 1 - Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm = up to 20 (Classroom) course hours
Week 1 - Monday through Friday (hours vary - must complete 15 hours) = up to 15 (Home-Study) course hours
Week 2 - Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm = up to 25 (Lab/Range) course hours
Week 3 - Monday through Friday hours will vary between 8am to 4pm (2 hour blocks per day) = up to 10 (Lab/Road) course hours
TOTAL ORIENTATION COURSE HOURS = 2
TOTAL THEORY (CLASSROOM) COURSE HOURS = 35
TOTAL BEHIND THE WHEEL (LAB/RANGE/ROAD) COURSE HOURS = up to 35
TOTAL COMBINED COURSE HOURS = Up to 72
TUITION COST: $2,800.00 USD - There is a non-refundable $100.00 USD registration fee assessed to each student to help defer administrative costs associated with application and student assessment review. This fee is included with the tuition paid to the School.
Students are advised that the costs of the State Exam ($200), DOT Physical Exam ($80-$150), and Commercial Learner's Permit fee ($10-$30), ARE NOT INCLUDED with the tuition paid to the school, are NON-REFUNDABLE third-party fees, will vary from state or facility, and are the sole responsibility of the student.
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