How to Get CDL Training
Everyone who wants to operate a commercial motor vehicle, has to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). In order to obtain a CDL, you have to pass several tests, including various written knowledge tests and road skills test, and you have to perform a vehicle inspection. There are additional tests that have to be taken by those who want to have an endorsement on their license, such as a school bus or a hazardous materials endorsement.
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Even though commercial driver’s ed courses are not mandatory, they are recommended for everyone who is about to apply for a CDL, because they can help you prepare for the CDL exams, and teach you how to drive a commercial vehicle safely.
The Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI) issues certifications to truck driving schools in the United States, and although schools are not required to be certified by the PTDI, those that are certified are regarded as more reliable and provide better and more extensive courses than those that are not.
If you decide to take a commercial driver’s ed course, you can choose to go to a privately owned school, a public school, or go through an on-the-job training program that is provided by transportation companies.
A typical commercial driver’s ed course consists of several hours of behind-the-wheel training, along with a certain amount of classroom time.