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Fuel Your Career
CDL Training & Truck Driving

Fuel Your Career
CDL Training & Truck Driving

CDL Training & Truck Driving


Interested in moving into an in-demand, high-paying truck driving career? Or looking to refresh your truck driving skills?

This fall, NWACC will begin to offer commercial driver license (CDL) truck driving training that will prepare you for the new federal guidelines going into effect in February 2022.

NWACC's new trucking program offers safety-based classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training customized to fit your career goals.

Here are a few paths offered:

  • Driver training to prepare for CDL test and obtain Class A, B or C license
  • Refresher training and licensing for experienced CDL drivers

NOTE: To be eligible to attend school and obtain a CDL, you will need to have a regular driver’s license and be at least 18 years old. A conditional learning permit (CLP) may be obtained at 18 years of age.

Contact Business and Professional Development

Fall 2021

Refresher Courses

NWACC has launched the first phase of the CDL training and truck driving program with refresher classroom instruction (up to 40 hours) that focuses on basic driver safety requirements, in-cab simulation maneuvering, and evaluation and readiness assessments. These refresher courses are ideal for drivers needing safety-based and continuing education training and for those re-entering the CDL driver workforce (have previously held a CDL license).

Financial assistance is available through Career Pathways. Email careerpathways@nwacc.edu or 479-619-3128 to learn more. Other financial options will be available soon.

Course hours

Cost

  • 3-Day Refresher Course $1,250
  • 5-Day Refresher Course $2,400
  • *Additional program pricing available soon.

Upon registration, you will be evaluated by an NWACC CDL instructor and placed in either the 3-day or 5-day refresher course. Course placement is determined by eligibility.

3-Day Refresher Course

This refresher course is for drivers who need to remove restrictions, like an auto shift restriction. With the use of our state-of-the-art simulator, NWACC can efficiently and effectively teach you how to drive a manual transmission truck so you can re-test, remove your restrictions and become more employable. Situational classroom and simulator training lasts 20-hours and includes a customized program based on individual driver’s needs.

This course will:

  • Update and improve your situational driving skills
  • Offer personalized instruction
  • Offer you current trucking industry information

This course meets the needs of students who, in the past or currently, possess a Class A or B CDL and have moderate knowledge or experience in the truck driving industry.

5-Day Refresher Course

This refresher course is for drivers who have been away from the industry for a while and need the training to help bridge the gap from when they stopped driving. This course is also great for employers who have employees who are CDL holders but are not utilizing them. Refresher training lasts 40-hours and includes a customized program based on individual driver’s needs.

This course will:

  • Update and improve your driving skills
  • Make you proficient in vehicle inspections
  • Offer personalized instruction
  • Offer you current trucking industry information

This program meets the needs of students who, in the past or currently, possess a Class A or B CDL and have moderate knowledge or experience in the truck driving industry.


Register for a Refresher Course

 

Spring 2022

Full Program

NWACC's second phase of the CDL training and truck driving program will include160 hours of classroom instruction and in-cab training on the road. Be sure to fill out our contact form to be notified when registration for the full program is open.

 

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About Truck Driving Simulator

The L3Harris TranSim™ commercial truck driving simulator provides hands-on, experiential training for commercial vehicle drivers, offering experience without risks to people or equipment. The compact, ergonomic design of the TranSim simulator is a replica of an actual commercial vehicle driving compartment. TranSim accurately simulates the vehicle’s physical and functional characteristics. It also adjusts to the size, weight, turning radius, tire and suspension characteristics for each vehicle that it simulates. TranSim provides the most realistic and effective simulation based training system possible.