Class A OTR

Class A OTR

HOURS: 170 hour program that includes:

  • 115 hrs of online/lab courses
  • 22 hrs of instructor guided pre-trip inspections
  • 33 hrs behind the wheel.

OBJECTIVE: The program provides our students with basic knowledge and skills in preparation for successfully completing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam. An individual successful completing this program will have the ability to safely operate a tractor-trailer.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE: Students that would like a career with a major carrier and start driver orientation with that carrier.

NOTE: All applicants will be contacted by a representative upon the scheduling of class. Walk-on students will be turned away as seating is very limited.

PROGRAM SYLLABUS

A. COURSE DESCRIPTION
With the growing demand for qualified and well trained drivers, CVTC has developed a comprehensive program to train and educate
students. Training consists of online and classroom instruction, demonstrations, hands-on basic maintenance, off road maneuvers and
on-the-road driving.

Class Description HOURS OF THEORY HOURS OF LAB
CDL Orientation/Regulatory/Vehicle Systems (online) 38.4 0
Pretrip/Driver Operations/Safety Systems (online) 38.4 0
Trailers/CSA/Understanding Whistleblower (online) 38.4 0
Instructor Lead Pretrip and Trailer Drop and Connect 0 21.8
Student Behind the Wheel Drive Time 0 33.0
TOTAL HOURS 115.2 54.8

B. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
Student is given FMCSA materials for review. Student is assigned online lessons to begin coursework. There will be one-on-one
instruction, handouts both in classroom and in driving yard.

C. COURSE OBJECTIVES
1. The students will be competent in filling out and maintaining Driver’s Log records, doing pre-trip vehicle inspections, coupling
and uncoupling combination vehicles, backing and driving through basic skill maneuvers.
2. Students will have driven, on the road, in a variety of different tractor/trailer combinations, and have developed proficient skills.
3. At the completion of the 170-hour program, the student will have already taken their State Driving final examination. And be
issued an OTR 170 Hour Training Certification.
4. Includes 115 hours of online/lab courses, 21.8 hours of instructor lead pre-trip inspections, 33 hours behind the wheel.

D. COURSE TOPICS/UNITS AND DATES

WEEK 1:

Introduction to Commercial Driving: Classroom and 64 online instruction courses that includes, commercial motor vehicle
driving basics defensive driving, logbook and hours of service, general knowledge, air-brake systems, combination
vehicle, Hazmat, vehicle inspection, tanker/ doubles/ triples, vehicle familiarization, coupling and uncoupling and backing.
Courses that meet the upcoming ELDT mandate.
*After online courses are complete BTW activity begins*

WEEK 2:

Lab/Observation: This portion of the program consists of hand on training of logbook and hours of service, vehicle pre-trip
inspections, coupling and uncoupling and demonstrations of all skill maneuvers, backing and going forward.

WEEK 3:

Basic Yard Maneuvers: Yard and range work is designed to allow students to develop their driving skills in a controlled
environment. In preparation for their State skills test includes backing & pre-trip.

WEEK 4:

Basic Road Driving: The over-the-road driving portion of the program consists of training on all types of roads: city,
county, state and interstate highways. This will allow our students to get valuable experience in handling a tractor-trailer
in all types of traffic situations

E. TEXTBOOK(S) AND REQUIRED TOOLS OR SUPPLIES
1. Colorado CDL Manual: AAMVA
2. Online Theory: Instructiontech.com, Pro-Tread
3. Log Books: FMCSA
4. Gloves, Tire gauges, flash lights.
5. Tractor Trailer