Our Class A CDL school in Missouri features an in-depth training program. This course is by far our most popular option. The program is 4 weeks long, with class times from 7:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Students will learn everything needed to obtain a Class A CDL permit. This includes General Knowledge, Air Brake, Combination Vehicle, Doubles and Triples, Tanker, and Hazmat endorsements. Keep in mind, not all of this is required to obtain a permit. If you want the bare minimum, you'll need General Knowledge, Air Brake and Combination Vehicle. The more endorsements one has, the more valuable they are in the industry.
If a student already has their permit, the information taught during the first week of the Class A CDL class will be reiterated to ensure understanding of the knowledge provided. If a student does not have their permit, it's completely fine—you'll learn all of that in your first week. This will include the following endorsements: Doubles and Triples, Tanker, and Hazmat.
Students will begin working on pre-trip inspection and backing maneuvers. It is absolutely not recommended that students watch pre-trip videos online, as they're usually outdated and/or wrong. Backing is probably one of the most important things a student can learn in truck driving school, as this is something you'll likely be doing on a daily basis. These CDL Class A maneuvers consist of the following:
• Straight Line
• Offset Back
• Parallel Park
• 90-Degree Alley Dock
After working on backing for a bit, students will be introduced to road driving.
Road driving will likely begin in the automatic truck to work on turning first. If students wish to test in a manual transmission truck, they will be trained in the manual once they can safely maneuver turns and roundabouts. If students wish to move forward with the manual transmission, they will then be trained on double-clutching, proper upshifting, and downshifting. Students will continue working on pre-trip inspection, backing, and road driving until they have been approved to test for their Class A license. Training will then progress to review and test prep.
Students will be relearning and reiterating what we've learned the last three weeks. Our CDL Class A test prep should ensure students’ readiness for the test. There are three components to a state administered CDL test:
1) Vehicle inspection (walk around and air brake test)
You cannot move to another section without first passing the previous section. Apply now to our Class A CDL school in Missouri to get started on this exciting new career path.