Commercial Truck Driver Training begins Feb. 11
January 18, 2008

The next Class A and B commercial truck driver training courses offered by the continuing education division at Wor-Wic Community College will begin in February at the Holly Center in Salisbury.

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.

The orientation session for Class A and B training will be held two weeks prior to the start of classes, on Monday, Feb. 11.

Both classes will begin on Monday, Feb. 25, 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 April 4. The Class A training will end on April 17.

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.

Training is also offered for drivers who currently have a Class B CDL license and are interested in upgrading to a Class A CDL license. This class will meet Monday through Thursday, Feb. 25 through March 6, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury.

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.