Truck Driver Training

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Truck Driver Training

The Truck Driver Training Program allows a student to complete their Commercial Driver’s License in as little as 5 weeks through a hybrid program consisting of both online and behind-the-wheel training.

On Feb. 7, 2022, N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles implemented entry-level driver training, or ELDT, federal requirements for commercial driver license applicants. A-B Tech and TransTech meet these requirements and TransTech is a registered provider for ELDT.

At the end of this program, successful students will:

  • Complete 56 hours of online coursework
  • Obtain Commercial Drivers License Permit from the NCDMV
  • Complete 120 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including night driving
  • Take and pass the NC Commercial Driver License test at TransTech facility during the end of the program

 

Admission Requirements

Students interested in attending must have the following:

  • Attend orientation session
  • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Must be 21 years of age for interstate commerce or Hazardous material endorsement
  • Hold a valid NC Driver’s License
    • Your license cannot be suspended, disqualified, or revoked
    • You cannot hold more than one driver's license
  • Have a valid Social Security Card
  • Have an acceptable driving record*
  • Pass a criminal background check*
  • Pass a DOT physical and drug screen*
  • Complete Pre-Registration Packet

*See Background Check/Physical/Drug Screen under FAQs (Red Flags)

FAQS

176 hours (5 weeks).

The first week (Monday through Sunday) is online, with 7 days to complete the 56 hours of material. Then you have a week off to obtain your CDL-A permit, DOT physical, and drug screen.

The last three weeks are behind-the-wheel training from Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. plus additional night-time driving (depends on season/scheduling with instructor)

Weekend Classes: Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Please email truck@abtech.edu for more information.

 

Tuition (to A-B Tech) $2,751.35
DOT physical/drug screen (to TransTech) $125.00
DMV Permit and License (to DMV) $172.25
Total Cost $3,047.25

 

If you are unemployed or underemployed, please contact the following:

The process to receive financial assistance can take several weeks to process. You will need to complete the Truck Driver Training Orientation and have your commitment for financial assistance prior to registering for a class.

 

Students will need to attend a mandatory orientation session before registering for the program. To sign-up for Truck Driver Training Orientation, visit SignUpGenius. The access code is truck. Once you have completed orientation, you may register in person.

You will be required to hold a valid DOT medical card before beginning week 3 of the program (behind-the-wheel training). If you do not already have a valid DOT medical card, you will schedule an appointment with TransTech to have a physical and drug screen completed during week 2 of the program.

As part of the DOT physical, you will need to have a drug screen completed. Negative results are required to begin and remain in class.

At registration, students will choose whether they would like to learn on an automatic or manual transmission tractor-trailer. However, please understand that if you are interested in learning on a manual transmission, we highly recommend you have experience driving a manual transmission vehicle. If you do not have experience driving a manual transmission, you may have to repeat the class, at your own expense, to become proficient enough to pass the exam.

Background Check/Physical/Drug Screen*

Background Check: A background check is completed as part of your tuition/fees paid to A-B Tech and TransTech.

DOT Physical: You will be required to hold a valid DOT medical card before beginning week 3 of the program (behind-the-wheel training). If you do not already have a valid DOT medical card, you will schedule an appointment with TransTech to have a physical and drug screen completed during week 2 of the program.

Drug Screen: As part of the DOT physical, you will need to have a drug screen completed. Negative results are required to begin and remain in class.

2022 Schedule and Registration

Orientation Dates Class Start Dates
April 28, 11 a.m. May 2
May 12, 11 a.m. May 16
May 26, 11 a.m. May 30
June 9, 11 a.m. June 13
June 23, 11 a.m. June 27
July 7, 11 a.m. July 11
July 21, 11 a.m. July 25
Aug. 4, 11 a.m. Aug. 8
Aug. 18, 11 a.m. Aug. 22

Day classes begin every two weeks. Weekend classes will begin every two months. For a schedule of weekend classes, please email truck@abtech.edu.

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