Commercial Vehicle Operator A Class, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
Commercial vehicle operation is an important component of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics industry. This training prepares students to test for a Maryland CDL-A license.
Commercial drivers of tractor trailers provide local daily service or make intercity and interstate trips that are longer and vary from job to job. Heavy truck and tractor trailer drivers may spend most of their time behind the wheel, but may be required to load or unload their cargo upon arrival at their final destination. They often travel at night and on holidays and weekends to avoid traffic delays and deliver cargo on time. Drivers conduct pre-trip vehicle inspections and must report to the dispatcher any equipment that is inoperable, defective or missing. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires drivers to keep a log of their activities, including the condition of the truck, hours of service and the circumstances of any accidents.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. prepare to pass the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Commercial Driver's License (CDL) exam;
2. identify pre-trip safety inspection checklist items to pass the MVA CDL exam;
3. explain in detail safe driving practices for operation of a Class A CDL vehicle;
4. demonstrate through hands-on range/road driving practice the ability to set the Class A CDL vehicle in motion and accelerate smoothly forward and backward, park, shift, and maneuver; and
5. demonstrate how to couple and uncouple units and perform air break inspections.
Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs. Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study. You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.
CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).
Students will be prepared to take the Maryland Commercial Driver's License exam.
Students will be awarded various CDL certificates (e.g. Defensive Driving and New Driver Training).
CDL A: Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) - upon successfully completing the MVA final licensing exam.
Financial Aid and Payment Options
We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition, the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.
CDL- A: 280 hours
Full-time class meets Monday -Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for 8 weeks.
Weekend class meets Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for 20 weeks.
Evening class meets Monday - Friday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm for 12 weeks
- Minimum age of 21 (commercial drivers must be 21 years of age to drive across state lines)
- Be able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug screen & physical
- Possess a valid Maryland Driver's License (regular Class C)
- Maintain zero points for drug/alcohol violations
Recommended: High School Diploma or GED (highly preferred, but not required)
The Maryland MVA's CDL-A licensing exam is taken at the end of the course. The exam includes pre-trip inspections, range maneuvers, and completion of a road test of 14+ miles.
To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application. An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.
Selective Entry – Please call 443-840-3672 to schedule an interview. Applicants will be notified of program acceptance during the interview if all documentation and requirements are met.
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.
Program Course Sequence
(approximate cost; subject to change)
Learner Permit and Pre-Trip Introduction
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Due to a driver shortage, there are many career opportunities for CDL-A holders. You can drive a tractor trailer, tanker, double and triples, flatbed, or refer (refrigerated trailer) both in-state and out-of-state.
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