Start your career in the transportation industry
Are you looking to obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL) and start a career in transportation?
As the demands for goods rise, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for drivers with a CDL is expected to grow by 6% by 2026. Professional Skills Institute is currently enrolling for the new Class A CDL Driving program. Students will acquire the training and skills needed to obtain a Class A CDL in just 4 weeks!
Read on to learn more about our new program and what you can accomplish with a Class A CDL.
Importance of a CDL
Just like you need a driver’s license to operate automobiles or motorcycles, you must obtain a license to operate a heavy tractor-trailer.
However, driving a commercial vehicle takes specialized knowledge and skills above and beyond everyday driving. In 1986, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act was signed into law to improve highway safety, which included obtaining a CDL to operate certain heavy tractor-trailers.
You can obtain three different commercial driver’s licenses – A, B or C. Professional Skills Institute recently added a Class A CDL Driving program. A Class A CDL will allow you to operate a vehicle with the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or upward to 10,000 pounds when towing a trailer. It covers tractor-trailers, flatbeds and more.
Life as a Class A CDL Driver
As a driver with a Class A CDL, you qualify for a variety of job opportunities that might allow you to travel across the country – a perk for anyone who enjoys the freedom of the open road.
Depending on the company and your routes, you may have a schedule that requires you to transport products locally or to locations spanning several states. A dispatcher might plan these routes, or you may create your own. No matter what, it’s the driver’s responsibility to consider any road restrictions that may prohibit large trucks.
As a Class A CDL driver, you also are responsible for the following:
- Following state and federal safety regulations
- Securing cargo goods with chains, blocks, ropes, etc.
- Inspecting the vehicle before and after trips
- Identifying and reporting mechanical problems
- Maintaining log of working hours
What You’ll Learn
Professional Skills Institute believes in providing our students with the hands-on training and skills that employers want. In the beginning of the four-week course, you will prepare for the CDL test with an introduction to the basic operations of a commercial vehicle. Passing the written portion of the CDL test is required to obtain a CDL Learner’s Permit – which is needed to complete the on-road portion of the Class A CDL program.
Once you receive your CDL Learner’s Permit, you will learn the basic driving skills needed to operate a truck and how to properly inspect the vehicle. In our driving range, you will practice parking, backing up and a variety of driving skills. Students will practice both on the range and on the road, which includes night driving.
Are you ready to start your training to obtain a Class A CDL? Our dedicated admissions team is ready to help you get started. Visit us today to schedule a tour or call us at 800-216-5770 to learn more.