New CDL Classes start weekly. Our 4 week course is based on 160 hours, which most carriers will require for new drivers. Hours of training is Monday – Thursday 7am to 6pm.
At Premier, we guide our students through the training process, beginning with the written test. The first week of training is focused on classroom time to prepare you for your permit. Our classroom instructor will train using DVDs, practice tests, and oral instruction to ensure your success. You will be trained for the 3 required endorsements (general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicle) as well as the 4 additional endorsements ( hazmat, tanker, doubles and triples, and bus passenger). We recommend having all 7 endorsement, especially when it comes to job placement. During your first week of training, you will also be taught trip planning, map reading, driver logs, federal motor carrier regulations, and operation lifesaver (interaction with railroads).
When you obtain your permit, you will begin road and skills training. Our 6 acre range is equipped with three alley docks and three straight backs to keep our students moving and interacting. Before you drive on the road, an instructor will bring you to the shifting range to practice shifting skills.
Over the next 3 weeks you will master training behind the wheel. Training includes but not limited to:
- pre-trip safety inspection
- skills range backing course
- shifting techniques – up shifting/downshifting
- proper 18 wheeler operation in urban, rural, industrial, and interstate driving conditions
Premier’s skills range and backing course is state approved, which means the DOT will test you on our site. While the vast majority of students will pass on the first try, there are some exceptions, at Premier we believe everyone deserves a second chance, so we will gladly help you reschedule your test and see you succeed.