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Commercial Vehicle Driving (Class A)

 Program Objective

The objective of the Commercial Vehicle Driving (Class A) program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the truck driving industry by preparing the students for a Class “A” Commercial Driver License. To accomplish this, the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the trucking field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.

Occupational Outlook

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Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook

The Commercial Vehicle Driving (Class A) program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment as commercial vehicles drivers in the trucking industry. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experience. This program is approved by the Florida Department of Transportation. Full-time instructors are Third Party Examiners.

Program Content

The content includes but is not limited to the following: rules and regulation, introduction to equipment, defensive and preventive driving, preventative maintenance and inspection, license information for commercial drivers, loading and unloading cargo; reporting delays or accidents on the road; verifying load against shipping papers;, keeping records., testing and licensing the commercial driver and employability skills and safety.

Length of Program

The average length of this program is 320 hours (approximately 13 weeks) for Class A CDL full-time students.

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Interview by Guidance Counselor
  • Must be 21 years old
  • Must have a valid Florida Driver’s License and good driving record
  • Fees for supplies and textbooks will be required
  • Must pass DOT Health Examination
  • Must pass DOT Drug Test

Entrance Dates

Classes begin approximately every six weeks. Please call (305) 557-1100, Ext. 2326 to obtain information on starting dates.

Career Opportunities

Road Drivers, Local Drivers, Independent Lines Drivers, Major National Haulers, Moving Industry Drivers, Straight Truck Drivers.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of all Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s)
  • No financial obligations
  • Students must complete the Clearance packet to receive program certificate.

OCP

Course Number

Course Title

Course Length

A

TRA0080

Tractor Trailer Truck Driver

320 hours

Program Cost

  • In-state residents—$2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident—$10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee
  • Material fee—Varies by program
  • Identification Card fee—$5.00 per trimester
  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

Program Hours

M-F    7:00 am—12:00 pm
M-F    5:30 pm—10:30 pm

Approximate Total Cost

$1,899.00

Employment Requirements

  • Commercial truck drivers usually have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Employers prefer that commercial truck driver complete a program at a professional truck driving school.
  • They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL)

Salary

According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statics the median pay for a Commercial Truck Driver was $43,680 per year or $21.00 per hour. Visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Job Outlook

Employment of Commercial Truck Drivers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026.

 

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