New Class B Truck Driver Training Begins Oct. 15
September 17, 2007

Commercial truck driver training for students interested in obtaining a Class B license will be offered for the first time this fall by the continuing education division at Wor-Wic Community College.

In addition to the new six-week Class B training, the eight-week Class A training will also be offered.

Commercial truck driver training at Wor-Wic is designed to help students learn the skills and knowledge required to take the state examination to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Class B CDL license enables drivers to operate dump trucks, tankers and other delivery vehicles. The Class A CDL license allows drivers to operate tractor trailers and other large trucks, as well as Class B vehicles.

Both classes will begin on Monday, Oct. 29, and will continue to meet Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Holly Center in Salisbury. The Class B training will end on Dec. 7. The Class A training will end on Dec. 20.

An orientation session for Class A and B training will be held two weeks prior to the start of classes, on Monday, Oct. 15.

The training covers classroom, range and road instruction, including basic vehicle control, shifting, backing, docking, engaging safety techniques to avoid incidents, as well as how to manage various driving situations. In addition to vehicle operations, topics include vehicle inspections, trip planning, accident reporting, logging hours of service to meet Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and handling hazardous materials safely. Class A training also covers coupling and uncoupling and lifestyle issues unique to the long-haul professional driver.

Individual training is offered to drivers who currently have a Class B CDL license and are interested in upgrading to a Class A CDL license.

In order to enroll, students must be 18 years old or older with a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. They must pass a DOT physical examination and drug screening, be able to lift 50 pounds and have dependable transportation.

For more information, call (410) 334-2815 or (410) 641-4134.