Commercial Truck Driver Training

CDL Training Lakeland, FL

The Commercial Truck Driver Training Program is a 160 hour certificate program that is generally completed within 4 weeks.


The program is a fast paced program that works well for quick learners and students with prior experience in driving combination vehicles. The program consists of four courses of classroom lecture, safety theory, hands on training, yard skills, and vehicle inspection and vehicle operation. We train students to successfully pass the Florida Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Test and equip them to function as a licensed, entry level, commercial truck driver upon completion.


Why CDL Drivers Choose Career Tech?

At Career Tech we provide high quality training and individual counseling to each student to help build the student’s positive self-worth, and employment value for themselves and the community. The school’s motto: “Dream Big! Because you can.” and “Change Your Life” proclaims the schools core belief that with determination and hard work, all students can succeed.

Career Focused Classes

Our curriculum is aligned with your selected program. No need to waste time taking courses that don’t apply to your career.

Small Class Sizes

Classes average 6 students for our Advanced Truck Driver & Commercial Truck Driver Training programs. You don’t have to worry about being in a class of hundreds, getting zero attention to your educational needs.

Trustworthy

Career Tech is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Our staff is 100% focused on excelling your career.

Job Placement Assistance

Career Tech’s Student Services personnel offers community information, housing availability, academic and financial advisement, and assistance with resume and interview preparation, to help you secure employment.


Course Description

To train students to successfully pass the Florida Commercial Drivers To train students to successfully pass the Florida Commercial License (CDL) Test and equip them to function as a licensed, entry level, commercial truck driver upon completion.

Introduction to Tractor-Trailer Driving - 40 Hours

This course will give students an understanding of commercial vehicle classifications as it relates to vehicles which require a commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to operate. This will include combination vehicles, straight vehicles, buses, and coaches. Students will be able to identify each type of vehicle classification with the appropriate license needed for driver operation. This class will cover the complete written portion of the General Knowledge Test, Combination Test and Air Brakes Test that will be administered by the Division of Driver’s License. Students will leave this class with an understanding of the development of the program and the rationale for each part of the program.

Pre-trip Inspection and Driver Safety - 40 Hours

This class will identify endorsements needed for specific vehicle classifications, including Hazardous Material, Doubles / Triples, School, and Passenger and CDL license restrictions which can be listed on a license by the Division of Driver’s License. The class will also provide instruction on how to properly fill out a driver logbook. This class will teach commercial driver safety and techniques. This includes proper entry into the vehicle and exit from the vehicle. An overview of safety equipment required for commercial vehicles and application for each. Students will participate in hands-on vehicle inspections as students will learn each part of the vehicle and its required inspection points. This will include location, identification, and explanation of each item on the CDL Pre-Trip Test.

Basic Yard Skills - 40 Hours

This portion of training will include instruction on how to maneuver the commercial vehicle through and around set boundaries. This will include straight line backing, parallel parking, off-set parking, and alley dock parking. Upon completion of the basic yard skills course, the student can take the yard skills exam administered by the state examiner.

Basic Road Skills - 40 Hours

This portion of training will involve actual road time driving. This will include observation of “real time” traffic situations and best practices to avoid accidents. This class will cover trip planning, map reading, route selection, and review of federal and state laws as it relates to driver hours of service. Students will observe urban and rural street driving as well as highway driving. Students will learn to observe street signs, bridge clearances, and how to make an emergency roadside stop. The class will also provide instruction on how to properly fill out a driver logbook. Upon completion of the basic road skills course, the student can take the road skills exam administered by the state examiner.