CDL Truck Driver Training

You’re an independent person with career goals that take you across the States.  You like the open road, and at the touch of a button and turn of a wheel, you enjoy controlling big pieces of machinery.  Truck driving is a great career — the pay is good, and the job market is open for qualified, certified drivers.

C.D.L. Training Services & Consulting, Inc. at Muskegon Community College is proud to offer a high-quality training school to help make you the best on the road.  As a student you will learn all of the important skills and rules for becoming a Certified Commercial Truck Driver with a Class ‘A’ license.

CDL training is a four-week (160 hours) class where you will study and prepare for DOT regulations and log books, get training to obtain a CDL permit, and receive thorough instruction in map reading, trip planning, yard and road vehicle handling.

Upcoming Classes

Classes begin every two weeks. Call to find out when the next class begins.

Knowledge and Skills

This is what you will learn in the classroom, at the outside training site, and on the road.

Classroom Training:

  • Orientation
  • CDL permit study
  • Highway watch
  • Job procurement
  • Log book, hours of service
  • Map reading, trip planning
  • DOT regulations
  • Hazard perception
  • Night operation
  • Extreme driving conditions
  • Railroad crossing safely
  • Accident reports
  • WorkKeys Assessment
  • CPR/Basic First-Aid
  • Maintaining balance

Yard and Road Skills:

  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Couple – Uncouple
  • Straight backing
  • 90-degee backing
  • Parallel parking
  • Blindside backing
  • Shifting and double clutching
  • Turns
  • Hazard perception
  • Uphill/downhill techniques
  • Entrance and exit ramps
  • Lane changing
  • Space management
  • Day and night driving
  • Skid control experience
  • Secretary of State Class “A” Skills Test
  • City, rural, and intrastate driving


For information about registering, program cost, and financing options, contact:

Jonathan Hickson
CDL Coordinator
Phone: (314) 787-6532