ACPE Approved & PTDI Certified
Entry Level Driver Training
$5895.00 + tax
Housing is included for those students traveling from out of the area
A BETTER LIFE, IS 20 DAYS AWAY!"
With the growing demand for qualified and well-trained drivers, ADA has developed a comprehensive program to train and educate students. This program is recognized by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) and is based on the standards set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for Entry Level Driver Training requirements. PTDI is a nationally recognized and highly respected standard in the trucking industry. Training consists of classroom instruction, demonstrations, hands-on basic maintenance, off road maneuvers and on-the-road driving. This course was designed for drivers seeking their class “A” CDL license that have little to no time behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. This course gives drivers 4 weeks (20 days) to develop all the skills needed to be successful in taking the State Exam. Most days will consist of classroom instruction as well as on the road driving time with a certified instructor. The last day of driving is intended to fine tune those skills and to take the CDL State Driving Exam with a certified examiner.
Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED
- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
- Applicant must have an Alaska Driver’s License for at least one year
- Applicant must have a Social Security Card
- Applicant must provide a Driving Record, not older than one month. Any of the following
violations will prevent a prospective applicant from enrolling in the program:
- Two traffic citations, 15 mph over the posted speed limit in a two-year period.
- One traffic citation, 15mph over the posted speed limit with a suspension or revocation
in a two-year period.
- A suspension and a revocation within a two-year period.
- A total of 10 points on your driving record in the last two years.
- A total of three moving violations in the last two years.
- Department of Transportation (DOT) physical
- FMCSA/DOT Drug Test within 10 days prior to start of class
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. Students will have driven, on the road, in a variety of different tractor and trailer combinations.
Methods of Instruction
CDL instruction Days are Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm with no course instruction on weekends. Individual study for each student will be necessary outside of instructional hours. There will be one-on-one instruction with textbooks, workbooks and other training aids both in classroom and at the "Ranch" for our driving range.
ADA-TDD Unit 1: Basic Operations
Classroom/Lab/Range instruction that includes, Orientation, Control Systems, Vehicle Systems,
Vehicle Inspection, Basic Control, Shifting, Backing, Coupling and Uncoupling.
ADA-TDD Unit 2: Safe Operating Practice
Classroom/Lab/Range/Highway instruction that includes, Visual Search, Communication, Speed Management and Space Management.
ADA-TDD Unit 3: Advanced Operating Practice
Classroom/Lab/Range/Highway instruction that includes, Night Driving, Extreme Driving Conditions, Hazard Perception, Railroad Crossings, Emergency Maneuvers, Skid Control and Recovery.
ADA-TDD Unit 4: Vehicle Systems and Reporting
Classroom/Lab instruction that includes, Special Rigs, Preventive Maintenance, Diagnosing and Reporting Malfunctions.
ADA-TDD Unit 5: Non-Vehicle Activities
Classroom/Lab instruction that includes, Handling Cargo, Cargo Documentation, Hazardous Materials, Hours of Service, Journey Management, Accident Procedure, Security of Cargo, Personal Health, Public & Employer Relations, Basic Business Practices for Truck Drivers & CSA.
ADA-TDD Unit 6: Discretionary instruction
Classroom/Lab instruction that includes, Course and Instructor Introduction, Be A.L.E.R.R.T. defensive driving program.
ADA-TDD Self-Study: Independent Study
Lab work that includes independent study.
Length of Course
160 hrs over a 4 week (20 day) period
-104 hours of classroom instruction
- 10 hours of independent study
- 56 hours of driving instruction
Must be able to read and speak the English language fluently enough to converse with the general public, to understand the highway traffic signs and signals, to respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records. Seventh grade reading and math level recommended.
Graduates who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn the following certifications or certificates.
Entry Level Driver Training Qualification
ADA Certificate of Completion
PTDI Certificate of Attainment
State of Alaska Commercial Driver’s License