• Training Program

    Class Schedule 

    Day Course
    (3 weeks)


    7 AM - 5:30 PM

    Night Course
    (8 weeks)


    6 PM - 10 PM

    Mandatory 40-hour Program Prep / Prerequisite Class


    8 AM - 5PM

    Day Courses begin every week.
    Night courses begin every four weeks.

    Class schedules are subject to change based upon demand. Call (361) 698-2707 for additional information.


    Professional Truck Driver 1 

    The objective of the Professional Truck Driver 1 program is to provide 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 should have experienced the ability to safely operate a tractor-trailer. A full-time student will be scheduled for 200 clock hours to be completed in 3-4 weeks.

    CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION: This section, consisting of 20 clock hours, is designed to help the student to become familiarized with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), various types of transmissions, and instructed on how to maintain a Driver’s Daily Log. (Optional endorsements which include Doubles & Triples, Tanker and Hazardous Materials - can be obtained after passing your driving exam.) Note: Hazardous Material Endorsement requires an additional fee for a background check.

    SKILL AREA INSTRUCTION: This section, consisting of 70 clock hours of behind the wheel training and observation, is designed to provide the student with the ability to safely maneuver a tractor-trailer unit into a park position. This instruction includes straight-line backing, alley docking, off-set backing, blind-side parallel parking, coupling & uncoupling, 8-step brake test and pre-trip inspection.

    OVER-THE ROAD INSTRUCTION: This section, consisting of 70 clock hours of behind the wheel training and observation, is designed to prepare the student to safely operate a tractor-trailer unit. The student will practice the proper methods of shifting techniques, approaching intersections, left/right hand turns, entering/exiting freeway ramps, and using mirrors while driving both forward and backwards in congestive traffic. Each student will be required to maintain a Driver’s Daily Log. The student’s progress will be documented daily. On the last day of road training, student will be given a driver’s certification road test by an instructor. This certification ensures the student has met the course objective and is ready to test. Driving exam will be given on campus by a Certified Examiner.

    Note: Failure to successfully complete certification road test by an instructor will result in a student not being able to take road test at DPS.  Additional training time will be considered upon program availability and by a case by case status. 

    Semi Tractor-Trailer Operator Driving Skills Refresher Course (CVOP-2009)

    Completing refresher course will help you refresh your driving skills and help you in finding employment.

    Course Description:
    Instruction in the operation of a tractor-trailer combination in city and highway conditions including control and maneuvering of the vehicle through various traffic situations.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Control and safely maneuver the vehicle in various traffic situations; and safely back an articulated combination into and through various obstacles.

    Course Requirements:
    Eligible candidates must hold a valid CDL class A license with air-brake endorsement, have a current D.O.T. physical and pass a D.O.T. drug screen prior to attending course. (must be able to verify previous training certifications or work experience) 

    Length of Course:
    Minimal refresher course will cover 20 hours of backing and driving skills. Depending on student's progress, additional time may be recommended for an additional cost.

    Course Schedule:
    Refresher Courses will be scheduled upon demand and equipment availability.