Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute CDL Training

Their truck driver training program started in 1990 with one truck and a few students. Today they have over 90 pieces of equipment and have graduated over 2,000 CDL drivers in the past 10 years. They offer full-time day classes requiring 9 weeks to complete and a part-time evening class (Hudson only) that takes 15 weeks.

Truck Driver Training Curriculum

The course involves extensive training, divided into 3 parts. Some examples of the training provided in each part are shown below:

  • Classroom

    • Air Brake Training
    • CDL Permit and Endorsement Instruction
    • Cargo Handling
    • Defensive Driving
    • Driver Qualification
    • Driver Wellness
    • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
    • Hours of Service and Map Reading
    • Vehicle Inspection
    • Whistleblower Protection
  • Range Driving

    • Basic Vehicle Control
    • Coupling/Uncoupling
    • Pre-trip Inspection
    • Proper Backing Techniques
    • Proper use of clutch and gears
  • Road Driving

    • Defensive Driving
    • Different Roads and Conditions
    • Loaded Trailers
    • Night Driving
    • Observation of Highway Laws
    • Proper use of clutch and gears
    • Vehicle Control
    • *At the conclusion of the class, our third-party testers will administer the Commercial Driver License (CDL) final test.

Certification

The truck driver training programs at Hudson and Gaston are certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI) www.ptdi.org located in Alexandria, VA. PTDI is the first non-profit organization to develop uniform skills performance, curriculum and certification standards for the trucking industry and to award course certification to entry-level truck driver finishing programs.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) supports the PTDI curriculum as representing the basis for adequate training of entry-level drivers.

Cost Of CDL Training

Tuition and Fees

The total cost for tuition and fees is $1,882.00 payable to CCC&TI.

CCC&TI accepts most all forms of payment. (However, when registering at any location other than CCC&TI in Hudson; personal or cashier’s checks or money orders are preferred, and credit cards cannot be accepted unless personally taken to the business office at CCC&TI in Hudson, NC.)

A payment plan has been put in place for students. A $500 deposit must be made on the day of registration, a second payment of $691 must be made on the first day of class, and a final payment of $691 must be made on the 5th week of class. Please contact Roger Chester or Chris Brinkley for more information on the payment plan.

Bring an authorization voucher or letter of intent if ESC, TAA, or WIA is paying for you.

Note: All students must have a NC driver’s license and be able to obtain a NC permit to qualify for the program.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Location

  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute location

    Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
    2855 Hickory Boulevard
    Hudson, NC 28638
    828-759-4400

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