Our Class A CDL Training Program
Why are we so passionate about providing our students with CDL training? Because we believe in giving our students the tools that they need to begin careers that will help provide for their families and their futures.
What is CDL Training?
Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training is the first step on your way to a fulfilling new career. A CDL license shows that the driver has met the requirements established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to operate a vehicle of that specific class rating. Because the CDL license itself is actually issued by the state in which the driver maintains his license and resides, the individual states also have their own requirements.
However, getting your training for your license is only the first step in the process of becoming a commercial truck driver. Most companies require some kind of previous experience or some kind of formal training by a state-licensed school in lieu of that experience.
Truck Driving Schools, such as Apex CDL, will teach you everything you need to know to get your Class A CDL license through our 4-week training program.
Best Truck Driving School Around
Apex CDL is excited to help our students on their path to a new career and financial stability. With today’s economy and poor job market, many people have already figured out that great opportunities still exist in the commercial trucking industry. CDL training is the first step on your way to a fulfilling new career. The way to get started is to first obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). A CDL license shows that the driver has met the requirements established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to operate a vehicle of that specific class rating. Because the CDL license itself is actually issued by the state in which the driver maintains his license and resides, the individual states also have their own requirements.
Phase 1: CDL Orientation and CDL Learners Permit Preparation
Monday through Thursday is time allotted for studying for your CDL learners permit. If you already have your permit you receive credit for the week, until Friday. This portion of the training is provided to Apex students that need assistance obtaining their CDL learners permit and is not counted against your hands-on training time.
On Friday students will begin the hands-on process of understanding a proper and thorough pre-trip inspection of the vehicle, learning about hours of service and logbooks and basic vehicle control.
Phase 2: Yard Training
The second week of training at Apex CDL Institute out in the training yard of our facility. In the yard, students performing training will be taught the fundamentals of safe truck and trailer operation and the follow up on pre-trip inspection. The second week will be spent mostly behind the wheel. During training, students will be taught the proper methods for truck and trailer backing, which includes straight-line backing and off-set backing. This period takes place from Monday to Thursday. Students proceed to phase 3 on Friday.
Phase 3: Advanced Yard Maneuvers
In the third week, your training will continue in the yard while you learn the more complicated backing skills such as parallel parking and alley docking. Students will also continue with the pre-trip inspection as well. On Friday of this week, students will progress to Phase 4, road training.
Phase 4: Get on the Road!
The last week of training at Apex CDL Institute is when it all starts coming together. Under close supervision of our qualified instructors, students will learn to operate large Class A-rated commercial vehicles on the streets and open highways. They will learn safe operation in a variety of environments and conditions. They will further develop the skills required to operate a large commercial vehicle transmission and negotiate turns and cope with a variety of traffic conditions.