Class A Driver Training Course

Hours: 8-40 Hours

This class is intended to train the student in the safe operation of driving a Class A combination vehicle (semi-truck and trailer). The classroom portion of the course is 8 hours. The practical portion of the course is one-on-one hands on training with each student and can be anywhere from 8 hours to 40 hours per student. The class size should be limited to ten students to minimize the time between classroom and one-on-one training.


  • California driver's license test
  • State laws and rules
  • Vehicle pre-trip inspection
  • Basic control of vehicle (shifting and controlling speed)
  • Synchronization of transmission and engine
  • Managed space
  • Mountain driving
  • Railroad crossing
  • Defensive Driving
  • Skid control and recovery
  • Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations
  • Hazardous materials endorsements
  • Inspection of cargo, including weight and balance
  • Securing loads
  • Driver’s logs

Practical Portion:

  • Proper shifting of gears, double clutching, downshifting, completing tractor and trailer pre-trip inspection, various driving situations on freeways, highways and grades, stop and go traffic, defensive driving, coupling and uncoupling of combination vehicles, vehicle trouble reports, and driver's log.

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