PTDI developed the first industry-recognized voluntary certification standards for school entry-level truck driver training courses. The standards include skill, curriculum and course/program standards. These standards are held nationally by the trucking industry.
In this course, you will learn the skills necessary to become a professional tractor trailer driver. Training will be a combination of classroom, range and street driving. Additional training provided for Driver Finishing will include advanced driving techniques, city driving and truck routes, and long haul operations.
Students receive training in heavy equipment operations. Training equipment includes, but is not limited to, excavator, dozer, backhoe, skid steer, and/or loader. Training consists of both classroom and outside lab instruction. Classroom instruction will provide students with a solid knowledge base of the safety requirements and operating procedures. Lab instruction moves students to equipment where they have contact hours with the vehicle or equipment.
- Advanced Operating Practices: Night operation, extreme driving conditions, hazard perception, emergency maneuvers, skid control and recovery and passive railroad crossings. Contact Hours: 23
- Basic Operation: Orientation, control systems, vehicle inspections, basic control, shifting, backing and docking and coupling / uncoupling. Contact Hours: 84.5
- CDL Road Skills Exam: State of Alaska certified CDL Road Skills Exam by certified examiner. Contact Hours: 2
- Core Curriculum Classroom: Contact Hours: 40
- Driver Finishing. Contact Hours: 20
- Heavy Equipment Classroom: Orientation, Equipment Overview (Excavator, Dozer, Skid Steer, Grades, Loader, End Dump), Safety, Tests and Videos. Contact Hours: 44
- Heavy Equipment Operation: Preventative maintenance/servicing, equipment field operations, grade staking and grade checking. Contact Hours: 140
- Loader w/ Forks Classroom: Contact Hours: 8
- Non-Vehicle Activities: Handling cargo and documenting, environmental issues, hours of service, accident procedures,managing life on the road/personal, trip planning and communication skills. Contact Hours: 23
- OSHA Forklift Safety and discretionary hours. Contact Hours: 15
- Safe Operating Practices for Basic Operation: Visual search, vehicle communication, speed management and space management. Contact Hours: 72.5
- Trenching & Shoring Classroom: Contact Hours: 8
- Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions: I.D. and maintenance, and diagnosing and reporting. Contact Hours: 6
Certifications or Certificates
Graduates who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn the following certifications or certificates.
Length of Program
- Entry Level Driver Qualification
- Loader with Forks
- NCCER Core Curriculum
- Trenching & Shoring
- NIT Certificate of Completion
- OSHA Forklift Safety
- PTDI Certificate of Attainment
- State of Alaska Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
Format of Program
- 486 Hours (Homework Required)
Prerequisites for Enrollment
- Format may vary. Please contact the office for most up-to-date schedule.
- 19 Years of Age or Older by Graduation Date
- DMV Driver's History Report
- DOT Physical Card
- FMCSA/DOT Drug Test (If accepted, test can be done no more than 10 days before class begins)
- Social Security Card
- Valid Alaska Driver's License