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TRUCK DRIVER CERTIFICATE

TDDS Technical Institute has been training since 1973. Our Class “A” CDL training program is qualifying for Federal student loans and grants. TDDS takes you from A to Z. Classroom training will include CDL permit prep to enable you to pass your permit tests. All endorsements will be covered; Tanker, Hazardous Materials, and Double/Triple Trailers. Producing safe truck drivers is a TDDS goal, so students will be taught proper logbook skills, trip planning and map reading, accident prevention, and safety and mechanical issues. Every student will practice shifting techniques, backing and turning, as well as proper pre-trip inspection of the truck. Instructors will emphasize the skills required to pass the CDL exam. The CDL skills test will be administered by a state certified CDL examiner using the same equipment used during training.

We have three distinct types of truck driver training programs: a 16/25- weeks externship program, a 5-week residency program, and a 6-week residency program with passenger endorsement.

During your CDL course externship program, you can take an in-depth look at pre-trip inspections, trip planning, cargo handling, map reading, vehicle systems, CDL tankers, CDL hazardous materials, CDL doubles and triples, and tarping and chaining.  Your externship experience can introduce you to company procedures, on- and off-street driving operations, and public and employer relations.

Unit 1 – Classroom Training

  • Orientation to TDDS Rules & LRC, Veh. Fam. Map Reading
  • CSA / IRP / IFTA (DOT Physicals) Trip Planning
  • Traffic Signs & Laws / Comm Lic / GK Accident Reporting
  • General Knowledge DDC PTD / Alcohol & Drug Regulations
  • Air Brakes Cargo Securement/Sliding Tandems
  • Combination Veh./Doubles & Triples Hours of Service
  • Hazardous Materials & Tanker Hours of Service Test/Practice Logs
  • Hands-On Coupling and Uncoupling Auto On-Board Recording Device
  • Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations Finals/Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Entry Level/Pre-Trip Inspection (Drug Screen) SL Backing and Shifting

Unit 2 – Maneuverability & Road Training

  • Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Maneuverability Training on Premises
  • Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Road Driving Training on Public Roadways

Unit 3 – Company Externship

The Externship portion of training includes, but is not limited to:

  • Company Orientation Road Driving Operations Docking Procedures
  • Pre-Trip Inspections Post-Trip Inspections Coupling & Uncoupling
  • Personal Health & Safety Public & Employer Relations Trip Planning
  • Map Reading Hours of Service/Logbooks Personal & Road Economics

16 Weeks Externship Program

Classroom Training: Weeks 1 – 5, 4 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

Maneuverability & Road Training: Weeks 6 – 9, 4 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day; Week 10, 2 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

Company Externship: Weeks 11 – 16, 5 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

25 Weeks Externship Program (Weekends only)

Classroom Training: Weeks 1 – 9, 2 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

Maneuverability & Road Training: Weeks 10 – 19, 2 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

Company Externship: Weeks 20 – 25, 5 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

The 5-week residency program includes orientation sessions and classes in general knowledge of CDL, CDL brake systems, CDL combination vehicles, and CDL air brake systems.  You will also learn about DOT hours of service, DOT logbook requirements, map reading and trip planning, safety regulations of the Federal Motor Carriers Administration, and defensive driving techniques of the National Safety Council.

Unit 1 – Classroom Training

Schedule: Weeks 1 – 2, 5 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

  • Orientation to Student Resource Center
  • Student Resource Center Project
  • CDL General Knowledge
  • U.S. DOT Hours of Service Regulations
  • CDL Air Brake Systems
  • U.S. DOT Logbook Regulations
  • CDL Combination Vehicles
  • U.S. DOT Drug & Alcohol Regulations
  • CDL Tankers
  • Vehicle Systems (Shifting/Gear Patterns)
  • CDL & U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials
  • Accident Reporting & Fire Procedures
  • CDL Pre-Trip Inspection Procedures
  • Map Reading & Trip Planning
  • Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations
  • Satellite Communication Systems
  • Career Development & Research
  • Cargo Handling & Load Securement
  • NSC Defensive Driving Course for Professional Drivers
  • Compliance Safety Accountability

Unit 2 – Hands-On Road, Maneuverability & Lab Training

Schedule: Weeks 3 – 5, 5 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

  • Pre-Trip Inspection, Coupling & Uncoupling, Sliding Tandems
  • Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Maneuverability Training on Premises
  • Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Road Driving Training on Public Roadways

Additional outside preparation and homework of 30 hours will be required of each student.

The 6-week program with passenger endorsement provides you with hands-on training in basic, intermediate and advanced road driving and maneuvers on the TDDS campus and on public roadways.

Unit 1 – Classroom Training

Schedule: Weeks 1 – 2, 5 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

  • CDL General Knowledge
  • CDL Air Brake Systems
  • CDL Combination Vehicles
  • CDL Tanker
  • CDL & DOT Hazardous Materials
  • CDL Pre-Trip Inspections
  • DOT Hours of Service
  • DOT Logbook Requirements
  • Map Reading & Trip Planning
  • Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations (FMCSR)
  • Accident Reporting & Fires
  • National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course for Professional Drivers
  • Career Development

Unit 2 – Hands-On Driver Training, Truck

Schedule: Weeks 3 – 5, 5 Days Per Week, 8.0 Hours Per Day

  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Maneuvers Training on TDDS Campus
  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Road Driving Training on Public Roadways

Unit 3 – Hands-On Driver Training, Passenger Vehicle

Schedule: Week 6, 1 Day Per Week, 8 Hours Per Day

  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Maneuvers Training on TDDS Campus
  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Road Driving Training on Public Roadways

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