Commercial Driver License Class A

Institution: Northeast Technical Institute
Document Type: Program Syllabus
Program Hours: 200

Program Description

NTI’s CDL A truck driver training is designed to teach each student the safe operation of commercial trucks and provide a working knowledge of the industry and its regulations.  This real world training begins with 78 hours of classroom instruction and covers safety, rules and regulations, permit testing and more. In addition, there are 25 hours of lab time and 44 hours of behind-the-wheel time (which includes a minimum of 12 hours over the road). The balance of the 200 hour program consists of general training and observational learning.

Program Topics Include:

  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Truck Engines, Transmissions
  • CDL Examination
  • Safety for CDL Drivers (FMCC)
  • Rules of the Road
  • Professional Development for CDL Drivers
  • Log Books and Trip Planning
  • Straight Backing
  • Alley Docking
  • Parallel Parking
  • Drop and Hook
  • City, Highway, and County Driving
  • CDL Preparation Testing

Methods of Instruction

Training consists of on-road driving, off-road maneuvers, hands-on basic maintenance, demonstrations, and classroom instruction.

Educational Resources

  1. Trucking: Tractor-Trailer Driver Handbook/Workbook, Alice Adams, 4th Edition, Thomson/Delmar Learning, 2013, ISBN: 9781111036485.
  2. Maine Commercial Driver’s License Manual.
  3. State of Maine Motorist Handbook and Safety Guide.


Air Brakes, Hazardous Materials (optional), Tankers (except for NH students), Doubles/Triples.


Introduction to Commercial Driving (CDL-001, 78 hours)

Classroom instruction includes commercial motor vehicle driving basics, defensive driving, logbook maintenance and hours of service, general knowledge, air-brake systems, combination vehicles, HAZMAT, vehicle inspection, tanker/doubles/triples, vehicle familiarization, coupling and uncoupling, and backing.

Commercial Driving Theory and Practice (CDL-002, 78 hours)

This course enables students to develop their pre-trip inspection and driving skills in a controlled environment as they prepare for their state skills test.

Supervised Commercial Driving (CDL-003, 44 hours)

During this course, students develop over-the-road driving skills on all types of roads including city, county, state, and interstate highways. Students gain valuable experience in handling a tractor-trailer in all types of traffic situations.