With today's economy and poor job market, many people have already figured out that great opportunities still exist in the commercial trucking industry. The way to get started is to first obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). A CDL license shows that the driver has met the requirements established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to operate a vehicle of that specific class rating. Because the CDL license itself is actually issued by the state in which the driver maintains his license and resides, the individual states also have their own requirements.
However, getting your CDL license is only the first step in the process of becoming a commercial truck driver.
Most companies that hire drivers prefer the driver have some experience. Many companies will take formal training by a state licensed school in lieu of that experience. That is where Apex CDL Institute comes in.
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3 week, 165 hour CDL license course outline:
The courses at Apex CDL Institute take place Monday - Friday. The total course hours equal 165 hours of training time. New classes start every Monday and classes graduate every Friday.
Week 1: The first week of training takes place in the classroom. During that time students will train from their CDL manual to study for the Class A CDL Permit test. This test is a knowledge only test and takes place at the local DMV, depending on the student's home state. After receiving their Class A Permit, students will be licensed to drive a Class A commercial vehicle with one of our qualified instructors present.
Week 2: The second week at Apex CDL Institute starts out in the training yard of our facility. In the yard, students will be taught the fundamentals of safe truck and trailer operation and pre-trip inspection. The second week will be spent mostly behind the wheel. Students will be taught the proper methods for truck and trailer backing, which includes straight-line backing, off sets and alley docking. Students will also start learning the fundamentals of proper up shifting and down shifting of large commercial vehicle manual transmissions.
Week 3: The last week of training at Apex CDL Institute is when it all starts coming together. Under close supervision of our qualified instructors, students will learn to operate large Class A rated commercial vehicles on the streets and open highways. They will learn safe operation in a variety of environments and conditions. They will further develop the skills required to operate a large commercial vehicle manual transmission and negotiate turns and cope with a variety of traffic conditions.
At the end of week 3, students will be ready for their Class A skills test. This test will be administered by either a State of Kansas CDL Examiner or a Missouri State Highway Patrol CDL Examiner, depending on the student's home state. The test will be done utilizing our testing trucks and an Apex CDL Institute instructor will be present.
The focus of our training:
Our job at Apex CDL Institute is to teach students the skills required to take and pass both their Class A CDL learners permit and their Class A CDL skills test, so that they can acquire their Class A license from the State of Kansas or Missouri. Once you have passed the course and received your license and diploma, you are ready to begin your career as a commercial truck driver.
Apex CDL Institute maintains training agreements with many different trucking companies that want to hire student level drivers. These companies know and understand that training at any school does not make you a professional truck driver. These companies are prepared for and plan to take graduate students through their finish level training program, which usually last 3-8 weeks, depending on the carrier. During this time however, graduate students are paid employees. They are teamed up with professional instructor drivers that take them out on the road and teach them the job of actually being a truck driver and the skills required to work that employer.
In short, it is our commitment to teach you how to drive a truck, help you earn your license, and help you make the right decisions to further your career in the transportation industry. It is the job of the company that hires you to teach you how to be a real truck driver.
To start CDL Training with Apex CDL Institute and work toward receiving your license, request information today or call (913) 210-1102 to learn more.
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Our Commitment to our students:
Apex CDL Institute is not a "CDL mill" that churns out students with the only goal being the profit margin. We will never cram our classes past capacity. We will never overload the ability of our instructors or facilities to provide a safe, quality training environment. We will never short-staff our classes with less instructors, preventing them from spending the quality time needed with their students. We will not just take anyone into our school, taking their money, even if they cannot benefit from our training. We will not string students along with the hope of a career just to get money out of them. If there is something about a student’s background or driving record that is going to prevent them from getting a quality job in the trucking industry, then it’s our commitment to be up front and honest with that person. We would rather walk away with a handshake and the respect from someone for being honest than promise things that cannot be delivered just to squeeze money out of them. At Apex CDL Institute we are committed to your success and your future.