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Registration deadline is Sept. 22 for Class A CDL Truck Driver Training

Posted September 2, 2014
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyoming — Comprehensive Class A commercial driver’s license truck driver training will be offered again this fall in Powell. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 22.

The training provides tractor-trailer driving fundamentals to students who have minimal or no truck-driving experience. Graduates can expect to learn the essential knowledge and practical skills to qualify for entry-level, supervised over-the-road or in-town positions driving tractor-trailers, heavy-duty trucks, dump trucks and medium-sized delivery trucks.

Truck-driving skills and knowledge will be developed through 104 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on lab time, 14 hours of independent study, 30 hours behind-the-wheel training and the two-hour Wyoming CDL Exam. All behind-the-wheel training is provided with one student per truck.

Classroom instruction focuses on defensive driving, pre- and post-trip vehicle inspection, coupling and uncoupling, vehicle systems and controls, driver communications, speed and space management, visual search techniques, backing and employer relations.

Behind-the-wheel instruction includes backing and parking, braking and slowing, proper turns, basic control, emergency equipment, coupling/uncoupling and vehicle inspection.

Applicants must pass a drug screen and be able to read, write and speak English with 75 percent fluency. They must also have a driving record free of any current serious offenses.

The $5,905 training includes instruction materials, drive time and one testing fee.

Training is provided by SAGE Truck Driving Schools through the Northwest College Center for Training and Development.

Complete information and registration options are available online, or email or call the NWC Center for Training and Development in Powell at 307-754-6062.