With an intensive one-on-one approach, this four to six weeks training course is designed for inexperienced drivers interested in learning how to drive a tractor trailer, obtain an IA Instruction Permit, and to maximize the successful attainment of a Commercial Driver License, Class A or B. Depending on the student and class size, students will each receive 148 hours training consisting of 104 hours in-class, lab, web based training and independent study and a minimum of 44 hours Behind-the-wheel (BTW) time per student.
Laboratory, classroom, web-based training, and driving instruction (range and street) will include lessons and training materials from the Trucking: Tractor-Trailer Driver Handbook/Workbook, second edition (developed by the Professional Truck Driver Institute, Inc. (PTDI) and Thompson Delmar Learning) and Cengage Learning PTDI CDL course (WBT). The State of Alaska, Division of Motor Vehicles Commercial Driver License Manual will also be used as additional guidance. Some of the topics covered will include:
- Basic Operation
- Safe Operating Practices
- Advanced Operating Practices
- Non-Vehicle Activities
- Vehicle Systems & Reporting Malfunctions
The VTRC Instructor will be responsible for trainee appointment and scheduling of the CDL driving test. The VTRC will supply all driving equipment to take the Division of Motor Vehicles, Commercial Drivers License IA (instruction permit), and Class A driving test(s).
Drug Test required including other prerequisites for CDL training.
A maximum of three (3) students will be enrolled; register early to guarantee a spot in this class. Contact Krista at the VTRC for more information, prerequisites, availability and registration.
VTRC's CDL Training Handbook is available here.
Contact Krista at 463-7375 for more information.