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).
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 within one week from the start of their training date.
Students are advised that the costs of the DOT Physical Exam, and the TSA Screening are not included with the tuition paid to the school, are NON-REFUNDABLE, and are the sole responsibility of the student.
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 80 hours of combined online, 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.
This course design is three (3) weeks, five (5) days per week. The first week consists of classroom (or online, for out of state students) theory classes to help the student prepare for their states' motor vehicle department's CDL written exams: General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Passenger Vehicles. The student must complete this course section within the first week from the start of their class, 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 highway driving.
TRAINING HOURS - Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am to 5pm (dependent on campus location). Off days, evening and weekend class sessions are subject to approval and availability of instructor and/or resources; hours will vary.
DORM STUDENT TRAINING HOURS - In addition to the normal scheduled hours, dorm students who stay on campus throughout their training will have a revised schedule allowing them to train through the "Special Scheduling" provisions and are subject to approval by the Chief Academic Officer.
The following Endorsements are included free with tuition, only if applicable:
*Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Endorsement
*The fee for the TSA Screening is the sole responsibility of the student and is not included with the tuition paid to School.
TUITION COST: $3300 (includes state exam fee)
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