Professional Truck Driving

NIT offers a wide variety of Professional Truck Driving Training Programs in Alaska, and all programs are designed to meet the needs of students and employers. All of our truck driving programs are centered around a hands-on learning approach. We believe it is important to give each student real-world training for Class A or Class B CDL licenses, to better prepare them for the truck driving industry.

Students practice their truck driving skills on school grounds to insure that each student thoroughly understands the training material and to build confidence in their truck driving abilities. Emphasis is placed on safety, on a thorough understanding of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rules and Regulations in the operation of heavy-duty tractor/trailer equipment, and on driving techniques necessary in developing skill levels required to pass the State of Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Driver’s License road examination.

 

Starting today January 2, 2019 if you are:

  • Applying for a CDL for the first time;
  • Transferring a CDL from out-of-state; or
  • Removing or adding restrictions or endorsements

You are required to obtain a REAL ID.  Information regarding documentation required for a REAL ID can be found at:

https://online.dmv.alaska.gov/REALIdChecklist

Pro Truck Driver 160 Hours / TD107

Course Date

  • Please call for course availability *

05/13/19 – 06/06/19
06/03/19 – 06/27/19
07/08/19 – 08/01/19
09/16/19 – 10/10/19
09/30/19 – 10/24/19
11/25/19 – 12/19/19

Course Location

Palmer Main Campus, 1740 N. Terrilou Ct., Palmer, AK

Program Description

Pro Truck Driver (160 Hours) / TD107

The program begins with permit preparation, during which general knowledge, airbrakes, and combination vehicle topics are covered in depth in preparation for commercial license permitting. Once students have gained a CLP, techniques learned in the classroom are applied to driving range, street, and highway practical exercises. Every student will practice all of the skills necessary to safely operate a tractor trailer and successfully complete a CDL Class A road exam.

Students learn and master turning, backing, and shifting skills on an 80 plus acre driving range. Once student drivers have gained experience and confidence on the driving range, students and driving instructors proceed with street driving to polish and hone students’ skills in real world situations.

All of this training is conducted in preparation of the student’s CDL skills test where students must demonstrate knowledge of the truck’s condition through a pre-trip inspection and complete a set of driving skills administered by a certified CDL examiner.

Prerequisites for Enrollment

  • 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 Driver’s License (held for a minimum of one year)

DMV Requirement: One of the Following:

Starting today January 2, 2019 if you are:

Applying for a CDL for the first time;
Transferring a CDL from out-of-state; or
Removing or adding restrictions or endorsements
You are required to obtain a REAL ID. Information regarding documentation required for a REAL ID can be found at:

https://online.dmv.alaska.gov/REALIdChecklist

DMV License / Endorsement Fees

  • DMV - CDL Permit Fee $15.00 (paid to the State of Alaska)
  • DMV - CDL License Fee $100 (paid to State of Alaska)

Curriculum

  • General Knowledge
  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicle
  • Hours of Service
  • Public Relations and Job Search
  • Driver Health, Safety, and Security
  • Whistleblower Protections for Professional Drivers
  • Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
  • All practical knowledge needed to successfully complete a Class A CDL Road Exam

Certifications or Certificates

Graduates who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn the following certifications or certificates.

  • Entry Level Driver Qualification
  • NIT Certificate of Completion
  • State of Alaska Commercial Driver’s License Class A

It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure funding or provide payment for tuition and any training related costs. Additional costs not included in this price are, but not limited to: drug test and physicals, CDL permit and licensing fees, transportation, room and board, child care, etc.

Course Cost

$6,825

Pro Truck Driver 240 Hours / TD108

Course Date

  • Please call for course availability *

06/03/19 – 07/11/19
07/29/19 – 09/06/19
08/26/19 – 10/03/19
10/21/19 – 11/27/19

Course Location

Palmer Main Campus, 1740 N. Terrilou Ct., Palmer, AK

Program Description

Pro Truck Driver 240 Hours / TD108

This program is recognized by and based on the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) standards. PTDI is a nationally recognized and highly respected standard in the trucking industry.

The program begins with permit preparation, to prepare students to test for their CLP. Once students have gained the CLP and completed the PTDI classroom requirements, they will apply the techniques learned in the classroom to driving range, street, and highway practical exercises. Every student will practice all of the skills necessary to safely operate a tractor trailer and successfully complete the CDL Class A road exam.

Behind the wheel time consists of time spent behind the wheel of a tractor trailer combination applying the driving techniques discussed in the classroom. Student truck drivers learn and master the turning, backing and shifting skills on a 80 plus acre driving range.Once student drivers have gained experience and confidence on the driving range, students and driving instructors proceed with street driving to polish and hone students’ skills in real world situations. All of this training is conducted in preparation of the CDL skills test, where students must successfully pass a pre-trip inspections and a set of driving skills administered by a certified CDL examiner.

Prerequisites for Enrollment

  • 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 Driver’s License (held for a minimum of one year)

DMV Requirement:

Starting today January 2, 2019 if you are:

Applying for a CDL for the first time;
Transferring a CDL from out-of-state; or
Removing or adding restrictions or endorsements
You are required to obtain a REAL ID. Information regarding documentation required for a REAL ID can be found at:

https://online.dmv.alaska.gov/REALIdChecklist

DMV License / Endorsement Fees

  • DMV - CDL Permit Fee $15.00 (paid to the State of Alaska)
  • DMV - CDL License Fee $100 (paid to State of Alaska)

Curriculum

  • General Knowledge
  • Airbrakes
  • Combination Vehicle
  • Hours of Service
  • Public Relations and Job Search
  • Control Systems
  • Driver Health, Safety, and Security
  • Whistle Blower Protections for Drivers
  • Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Transportation Technology
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Basic Control
  • Shifting
  • Preventative Maintenance and Servicing
  • Visual Search
  • Space Management
  • Accident Procedures
  • OSHA Forklift Safety
  • Backing and Docking
  • All practical knowledge needed to successfully complete a Class A CDL Road Exam

Certifications or Certificates

Graduates who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn the following certifications or certificates.

  • Entry Level Driver Qualification
  • NIT Certificate of Completion
  • OSHA Forklift Safety
  • PTDI Certificate of Attainment
  • State of Alaska Commercial Driver’s License

Course Cost

$9,000

Pro Truck Driver 320 Hours / TD110

Course Date

  • Please call for course availability *

06/03/19 – 07/25/19
07/29/19 – 09/19/19
09/09/19 – 10/31/19
10/21/19 – 12/12/19

Course Location

Palmer Main Campus, 1740 N. Terrilou Ct., Palmer, AK

Program Description

Pro Truck Driver (320 Hours) / TD110

This program is recognized by and based on the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) standards. PTDI is a nationally recognized and highly respected standard in the trucking industry.

This program begins with a CDL permit study session and permit testing. Once students have gained a CLP and completed the PTDI classroom requirements, they will apply the techniques explained in the classroom to driving range, street, and highway practical exercises. Every student will practice all of the skills necessary to safely operate a tractor trailer and successfully complete the CDL Class A road exam.

Behind the wheel time consists of time spent behind the wheel of a tractor trailer combination applying the driving techniques discussed in the classroom. Student truck drivers learn and master the turning, backing and shifting skills on a 80 plus acre driving range.Once student drivers have gained experience and confidence on the driving range, students and driving instructors proceed with street driving to polish and hone students’ skills in real world situations. All of this training is conducted in preparation of the CDL skills test, where students must successfully pass a pre-trip inspections and a set of driving skills administered by a certified CDL examiner.

Additional training provided for Driver Finishing will include advanced driving techniques, city driving and truck routes, CDL B Passenger, and long haul operations.

Prerequisites for Enrollment

  • 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 Driver’s License (held for a minimum of one year)

DMV Requirement:

Starting today January 2, 2019 if you are:

Applying for a CDL for the first time;
Transferring a CDL from out-of-state; or
Removing or adding restrictions or endorsements
You are required to obtain a REAL ID. Information regarding documentation required for a REAL ID can be found at:

https://online.dmv.alaska.gov/REALIdChecklist

DMV License / Endorsement Fees

  • DMV–CDL Permit Fee $15.00 (paid to the State of Alaska)
  • DMV–CDL License Fee $100 (paid to State of Alaska)

Curriculum

  • General Knowledge
  • Combination Vehicle
  • Air Brakes
  • Hours of Service
  • Public Relations and Job Search
  • Whistleblower Protections for Professional Drivers
  • Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Transportation Technology
  • Basic Control
  • Shifting
  • Accident Procedures
  • Visual Search
  • Preventative Maintenance and Servicing
  • All practical knowledge needed to successfully complete a CDL Class B Passenger Road Exam
  • OSHA Forklift Safety
  • Backing and Docking
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Space Management
  • Driver Health, Safety, and Security
  • All practical knowledge needed to successfully complete a CDL Class A Road Exam

Certifications or Certificates

  • Graduates who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn the following certifications or certificates.
  • Entry Level Driver Qualification
  • NIT Certificate of Completion
  • OSHA Forklift Safety
  • Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) Certificate of Attainment
  • State of Alaska Commercial Driver’s License A or B

Course Cost

$13,500

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The following information applies to all NIT vocational programs, and any continued education programs exceeding 80 hours.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure funding or provide payment for tuition and any training related costs. Additional costs not included in this price are, but not limited to: drug test and physicals, transportation, room and board, child care, etc. An applicant may apply at any time but may enter class only on specified starting dates. Classes have limited enrollment. If you have questions about our classes and course schedules, please contact us at 907-357-6400.