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Commercial Driving

We introduce the student to the knowledge base and technical skills needed to obtain their Commercial Driving License.

CLASSROOM TRAINING

Students attend 45 hours of classroom training covering all subjects required by the ENTRY LEVEL DRIVER TRAINING curriculum for a Class A commercial driver's license including but not limited to, Basic Operation, Safe Operating Procedures, Advanced Operating Practices, Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions etc., along with all required non-driving theory subjects outlined by the FMCSA's  theory instruction standard curriculum. At the end of the classroom training students will then take the Class A Learners Permit test given by the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. Students who acquire the Class A Learners Permit will then move on to the RANGE and BEHIND THE WHEEL "BTW" training segments of the course. Students must meet at least an 80% score in all areas to progress.

 

BEHIND-THE-WHEEL RANGE

BTW/RANGE training teaches exercises related to basic vehicle control skills and mastery of basic maneuvers, as covered in 49 CFR 383.111 and 383.113 these include, VEHICLE INSPECTION PRE-TRIP/ENROUTE/POST-TRIP, STRAIGHT LINE BACKING, ALLEYDOCK BACKING 45/90 DEGREE, OFF-SET BACKING, PARALELL PARKING BLIND SIDE AND SIGHT SIDE, COUPLING AND UNCOUPLING. Students will be trained to meet the proficiency level in all elements of the BTW/RANGE curriculum to successfully complete the training module.

 

BEHIND-THE-WHEEL (BTW) PUBLIC ROAD

This segment of training will include BTW driving with a combination of highway, city, long steep downgrades, and heavy traffic driving. Training will meet all ELDT requirements including, SHIFTING/TRANSMISSION, COMMUNICATIONS/SIGNALING, VISUAL SEARCH, SPEED AND SPACE MANAGMENT, SAFE DRIVER BEHAVIOR, HOURS OF SERVICE REQUIREMENTS, HAZARD PERCEPTION, RAILROAD HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSING etc. A heavy emphasis is placed on defensive driving and giving each student plenty of time behind the wheel to become proficient in their ability to safely and professionally operate large combination vehicles. 

 

STUDENT JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES

The Commercial Driving Program offers job placement assistance and career counseling to all students in the program. We work with students during the classroom phase of training so that they are educated in resume building and job seeking methods. Academy of Careers and Technology will invite several various trucking companies to visit with our students here at the campus to talk to students regarding job placement with their company. Every effort will be made to assist our students in securing a new career in the commercial motor vehicle industry by the time they are due to graduate.

 

TRAINING EQUIPMENT

At Academy of Careers and Technology you will be trained on many different types of equipment all of which directly compare to industry level size and operation. You will operate up to date conventional sleeper/road tractors with 10 speed unsynchronized transmissions equipped with APU and meet all regulated emission standards. Trailers used in training are 53' Dry Van, 45' Dry Van with electric powered lift gate and a 48' flatbed this gives our students hands on skill development with the major towed units that are industry related. Road tractors are modern International Pro Stars with manual transmissions, sliding fifth wheel, super singles and dual tire power units.

Class starts monthly.

This 180 hour program can be completed in 6 weeks. 

Per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Apr 18, 2022:

Number of available jobs as of 2020 - 1,951,600

Job Outlook from 2020 to 2030 - 6% growth

Median Pay 2021 - $48,310 per year or $23.23 per hour

Financial Aid

The Commercial Driving program qualifies for Heaps, VA, WIOA and WV Vocational Rehabilitation. These are Grants not Loans. ACT does not offer in any student loan options.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To meet SAP, a student must:

  • Maintain a continuous "C" average.

  • Attend at least 90% of the program hours for each grading period.

  • Maintain a continuous 90% attendance rate for the program.

  • Complete the course within the originally scheduled course hours.

Refund Policy

There is no refund for fees after the start of class!

There is a 100% refund on tuition during the first five days of the program!

There is a 50% refund on tuition during day 6 thru day 10 of the program!

After day 10 of the program there is No Refund!!

Enrollment Procedures

Printable Enrollment Check Sheet

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Prerequisites

  • Must be 21 years old (no exceptions) 

  • DOT Physical

  • Must Meet DMV requirements for Commercial Drivers License

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Start Here

  •  Schedule your free TABE required entrance exam

        Complete your Financial Aid Applications. 

  • For Pell Grant visit:

www.fafsa.ed.gov    ACT's ID 015748

  • For HEAPS Grant visit:  

https://wvhepc.org/secure/apps/applications/heaps/welcome.aspx

  • Notify ACT's financial aid department that your applications are filed. 

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Once Financial Aid Applications or ITA Are Received

  • You will be contacted by ACT's financial aid office.

  • You must supply any required documentation to complete financial aid.

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Final Steps

  • You've completed all requirements with financial aid. 

      You will be contacted by ACT's financial aid office to:     

  1. Complete ACE Advantage Application

  2. Sign Cost Sheet

            

      Bring the following with you:

  1. Social Security Card

  2. Photo ID

  3. Non-Refundable Registration of $175 (must be exact change/check)

  4. DOT Physical

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Start Class