2014 Trucking Guide – Truck Driving Schools in the US and Canada
US TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOLS
Colorado Truck Driving School
The Colorado truck driving schools offer a whole variety of training programs in both their Northern and Southern Colorado campuses.
Programs include a 160 hour interstate heavy duty Class A tractor trailer training, a 40 hour Class A refresher course, a 40 hour Class B truck and bus training, and a 10 hour Class A and B refresher course.
Their “Drive the Guard” enlistment option is a national partnership between the National Guard and the Commercial Driver Training Foundation Inc. This option was made in order to enable National Guard recruiting personnel to be able to offer potential recruits full-time civilian employment at the time of enlistment, without having the need to relocate. This ‘Drive the Guard’ program will have a unique establishment code, and recruits joining the National Guard under the enlistment code will become eligible for the maximum enlistment bonus that is available at the time of their enlistment.
This option will also benefit the trucking industry by giving high quality candidates for employment, at a time when there is a serious amount of driver shortage.
Palmetto Training Inc.
Aspiring truck drivers can get their Class A commercial driver’s license here. This school’s 160-hour program takes around 4 to 6 weeks to finish, and truck drivers will have a minimum of sixteen hours behind the wheel. These aspiring drivers can even use their vehicles for their skills exam. Palmetto also offers refresher courses.
Richland Community College
This truck driving school offers Class A commercial driver training (tractor trailers), for individuals that have little to no driving experience. Class B commercial driver training (straight truck), for individuals that have little to no driving experience. They also have refresher programs for individuals that have had, or still own a CDL and need some training to get back to work. It also has truck company customized training.
Day and night classes are offered to gain the Class A CDL. This course has also been approved by the Illinois College Board. It offers around 7 hours of professional and occupational skill college credits. A certificate will also be given to students once the course has been completed.
This program can be completed in four weeks by attending full time, from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Their part-time evening program can be completed in around 8 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Thirty hours of home study is also required during the program.
Richland Community College offers financing from their own bank, loans from the student’s family, or refinancing an existing loan. MasterCard, Visa, or Discover cards are accepted. Richland also has the right to cancel programming due to insufficient enrollment. If it becomes necessary to cancel or reschedule programming, students are notified as soon as possible. The course tuition is non-refundable unless the class has been cancelled. Course fees and all other fees are non-refundable once the class starts.
Canadian TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOLS
Richards Truck Driving School
Their comprehensive A-Z truck driver course is over 205 hours of first-rate training by fully-qualified and certified professional drivers with degrees of experience. Their courses take around 8 weeks to complete on a full-time basis, while part-time courses are also available. The course begins with Hours of Classroom Instruction. This course is taught by qualified instructors that are also experts in the field of transport training.
The following topics will be covered during the course: Two-day approved air brake endorsement, based vehicle operation, border crossing procedures, cargo security & weight distribution, log books and hours of service rules. Customer service, dangerous goods, defensive driving, and fire extinguisher training will also be discussed.
The in-yard training course is where the students start getting their hands on the trucks. For 25 hours, they will be learning how to put the classroom theory section into practice. The in-vehicle training course is where students will learn how to drive the truck in all types of specific conditions. This section will take around 6 weeks to complete. The student will also receive 55 hours of Personal Instruction Time behind the wheel, 15 hours of learning how to back up a truck, and a minimum of 72 hours of observation time.
Students will also be required to practice their pre-trip inspection, coupling and uncoupling procedures for a minimum of 30 hours. This practice will enhance their knowledge and routine of daily inspections required by every truck driver before going on a trip no matter what the distance.
Through an exclusive combination of small and personalized class lessons as well as vehicle training in a 10-acre facility, experienced and new drivers can learn advanced and potentially life-saving driving skills. The main goal is to produce a better class of driver with good decision-making skills and quick response needed to deal with a whole variety of dangerous situations.
Students will get a 9 hour forklift course that will teach them the proper and safe operation of a Counter Balance Propane Powered Forklift. This training will prepare the student whenever the need comes for them to do any type of loading and unloading of their own trailer. It also ensures them that they have the right knowledge if the person loading their trailer is doing it correctly in order to avoid over-weight fines and that the load will not shift while they are driving. Students will also receive a wall and a wallet certificate after completion.
Chet Commercial Heavy Equipment School
The full course is recommended by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Training University (MTCU), as well as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO). The course includes around 200 hours of training.
Chet has established relations with a lot of trucking companies and driving agencies. The school’s parent company, Musket Transport Ltd, which also happens to be one of the largest trucking companies in Ontario, has agreed to provide preferential treatment to graduates from this school. Not only does Chet want to help students become well-trained and professional drivers, they also want to ensure that these new drivers can find good driving jobs.