CDL Class A Training

CDL Class A Training

Professional Truck Driver I

Curriculum  (Syllabus)

CVOP 1015/CVOP 1013

The objective of  Professional Truck Driver I  is to provide our students with basic knowledge and skills in preparation for successfully completing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam. An individual successfully completing this program will experience the ability to safely operate a tractor-trailer, as an entry level truck driver. A full-time student will be scheduled for 200 clock hours to be completed within 5 weeks.


This section consists of 40 clock hours. Students will complete assignments utilizing an online platform and and also test towards their CLP on campus with an examiner. Commercial learner's permit tests include: special requirements, general knowledge, combination vehicles and air brakes. Students will also be provided study material for the optional endorsements which include Hazmat, doubles and triples and tankers. 

Backing Skills Instruction

This section consists of 80 clock hours. Behind the wheel training and observation, is designed to provide students 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.

Driving Skills Instruction

This section consists of 70 clock hours.  Behind the wheel training and observation, is designed to prepare students to safely operate a tractor-trailer unit. Students 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. Students will be required to maintain a Driver’s Daily Log. Progress will be documented daily. On the last day of class/road training, student will be given a driver’s certification road test. Students may have the option of testing in a manual or automatic tractor. Students must successfully achieve this certification to be eligible to attempt final skills test.

Note: Del Mar College is a certified 3rd Party Testing facility. DMC Students who successfully pass certification will be scheduled for their CDL driving skills test at out facility.

Page last updated October 6, 2021.

Contact Information

Transportation Training Services

Mailing Address:
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Physical Address:
4101 Old Brownsville Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78405


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