Truck Driving

CDL Training - Truck Driving

The Transportation Industry is growing and there is a high demand for well-trained drivers. This eight-week course utilizes state-of-the-art simulator training, classroom instruction, range and road driving, and practical application of skills used in the operation of a tractor-trailer.

The truck driving course prepares students to complete the written exams and the driving exam necessary to receive a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with all endorsements. The course meets all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidelines. Students who successfully complete the entire course will receive a class "A" Commercial Driver License, a certificate of completion and be qualified to secure an entry-level job as a Commercial Motor Vehicle driver. To obtain a Certificate of Completion the student must pass all Texas Department of Public Safety requirements for a Class A Commercial Driver License issued by the State of Texas and miss no more than 2 days of class. Students will have ample training, opportunity and assistance to talk with visiting recruiters, apply for employment, and pass the DPS written and skills tests with an Amarillo.


Prerequisites

  1. Student must be 18 years of age at the commencement of the course.
     
  2. Student is required to have a DOT physical (Department of Transportation Medical Card) and drug screen before the first day of class. These documents must be presented on the first class day. Cost of the physical and drug screen is not included. Please note that per federal guidelines, drug screen results must be within 30 days of the start of class. The following link explains the physical qualifications for a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver: Click here for Physical Qualifications.
     
  3. Student must have a current, eligible and valid Texas Driver License. Student must apply for a Class A Learner Permit (CLP) at the Texas Department of Public Safety office before class begins and present this document on the first class day. Prospective students may check their license eligibility at the following link: Click her for License Eligibility.

For additional information please call 806-335-4370 or see CDL Class Pre-Registration Information.


Program Details

Program Length 16 weeks • 336 hours of instruction • 16 hours college credit • $4,908.00

Accelerated 8-week option available • 336 hours • 16 hours college credit • $4,908.00

* Fees, books and expenses are not included in the cost of the course. 

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Classes:

Amarillo Classes

August 23

October 14, 2021 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday

October 25

December 17, 2021  7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday

January 18

March 10, 2022 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
Amarillo Night Classes

January 18

May 13, 2022 Night: 5:30 pm - 10:15 pm, Monday through Thursday
Hereford Classes

August 23

October 14, 2021 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday

October 25

December 17, 2021 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday

January 18

March 10, 2022 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
Dumas Classes

August 23

October 14, 2021 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday

October 25

December 17, 2021 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday

January 18

March 10, 2022 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
Dumas Night Classes

January 18

May 13, 2022 Night: 5:30 pm - 10:15 pm, Monday through Thursday

Estimated Fees, Books and Other Expenses

Item Cost
Classroom supplies available at AC East Campus Bookstore
DOT Medical Card & Drug Screen (estimate)
DPS Fees (estimate)
Ear Buds (estimate)
Total required fees, books, other
Tuition:
168.00
100.00
86.00
4.00 - 10.00
364.00
4,908.00
Estimated Total Program Cost: $5,272.00

Curriculum

  1. Commercial Drivers License Written Skills - Overview of the State of Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License written test. In-depth coverage of general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicle, doubles and triples, tankers, and hazardous materials. Includes preparation for mastery of the Commercial Drivers License written examination.
     
  2. Commercial Drivers License Driving Skills - Overview of the State of Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License driving test. In-depth coverage of in-cab air brake test, proper shifting, right and left-hand turns, movement in traffic, parking of a tractor trailer, highway and city driving, and backward movement and control.
     
  3. Commercial Drivers License Overview - Overview of the State of Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License written test and preparation for mastery of the Commercial Drivers License written examination. Theory instruction for Entry Level Driver Training (49 CFR 380).
     
  4. Fundamental Driving Skills - Operation of a tractor-trailer combination. Emphasis on the safe maneuvering and control of the tractor-trailer in numerous traffic situations and sharing the highway with other vehicles.
     
  5. Semi Tractor-Trailer Operator Driving Skills - Operation of a tractor-trailer combination in city and highway conditions including control and maneuvering of the vehicle through various traffic situations with numerous tractor-trailer combinations.
     
  6. Advanced Driving Skills I - Operation of a tractor-trailer combination in city and highway conditions including control and maneuvering of the vehicle through various traffic situations with numerous tractor-trailer combinations.
     
  7. Advanced Driving Skills II - Continuation of tractor-trailer operation in city and highway conditions. Emphasis on practical applications of space management techniques, improved methods for control in difficult traffic situations, and effective operation in various conditions.

Registration Information

Amarillo,TX

Amarillo College Truck Driving Academy
East Campus Logistics Training Center

1310 F Avenue, Amarillo, TX  79111
Tel: (806) 335-4370
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Amarillo College Washington Street Campus
2201 S. Washington St
Tel: (806) 371-5000


Dumas, TX

Moore County Campus Career & Technical Center
115 Success Blvd.
Dumas, Texas
Tel: (806) 379-2726


Hereford, TX

McDougal Hinson Memorial Campus 
1115 West 15th Street, Hereford, TX 79045
Tel: (806) 379-2700


Other Truck Driving Course Options

Associate Degree

Kritser Diesel - Diesel Transportation Technician (A.A.S.)

Obtain an Associate Degree by combining Truck driving and Diesel Technology

See two-year program here

Continuing Education

CDL Program through CE

The Commercial Driver License Program is also available through Continuing Education. Est. Cost $4,492.00 

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