NonCredit Offerings

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A

Driver and instructor with a truck

Professional Truck Driver Institute logoThe college is proud to be among the few schools in the country that have been able to earn certification by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) for our Class A Commercial Driver’s License training. PTDI is a national, nonprofit organization sponsored by the nation’s trucking industry to advance truck driving proficiency, safety and professional standards among drivers which, in turn, will foster benefits for all stakeholders, including motor carriers, insurers, training schools, government bodies at all levels, funding organizations and the American public. The industry’s annual demand for new drivers hovers around the 80,000 mark. And, it is the well-trained driver with the proper professional attitude and skills who is chosen first by employers.

The Truck Driver Training (Class A) program (28 CEUs) at the College of Southern Maryland is designed to provide skilled drivers for the transportation companies in the Southern Maryland area and beyond. We provide quality training with an emphasis on safety, using good equipment, and a small faculty/student ratio. This program includes both classroom instruction and practical experience behind the wheel, on a private training range, and on public streets and highways. Students learn driver courtesy, safety, vehicle inspections (pre and post), basic control, shifting, backing, docking, coupling and uncoupling, trip planning, logging to meet DOT compliance, HAZMAT, and accident reporting. Students completing all program requirements will be prepared to take the Class A Commercial Driver’s License skills exam.

Students must be at least 21 years of age, pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam and drug screening, possess a valid Maryland or Virginia driver's license, have no more than three points on your driving record, and maintain zero points for drug or alcohol violations to participate in this training. Students must also be willing to participate in random drug and/or alcohol testing.

This continuing education certificate consists of the following classes:

  • TRA-7100 CDL Preparation Classroom
  • TRA-7200 CDL Safe Vehicle Operation
  • TRA-7300 CDL Basic Vehicle Skills
  • TRA-7400 CDL Advanced Skills and Road Development

In order to register for this training, you must submit a current copy of your driving record with a pre-registration application and attend an orientation prior to the first class.  Please click on the CDL Information Packet green button on the left margin for additional registration information.

TRA-7100 CDL Preparation Classroom

This course is the first of a four part program designed to give the student the required knowledge to earn a Class A commercial driver’s license. The course introduces the student to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and industry standards required for operating commercial motor vehicles hauling interstate commerce. The student is introduced to the required areas of study to obtain a commercial class A learners permit: General knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles. Additional areas of study will be: double and triples, tankers and hazardous materials.

In order to register for this training, you must submit a current copy of your driving record with a pre-registration application and attend an orientation prior to the first class.

TRA-7200 CDL Safe Vehicle Operation

This course is the second of a four part program designed to give the student the required knowledge to earn a Class A commercial driver’s license. The course introduces the student to basic vehicle skills and operations for handling commercial vehicles as well as shifting procedures, coupling and uncoupling, backing, parking, speed and space management.

Prerequisite: TRA-7100 CDL Preparation Classroom

TRA-7300 CDL Basic Vehicle Skills

This course is the third of a four-part program designed to give the student the required knowledge to earn a Class A license. The course introduces the student to vehicle skills development including basic control, advanced vehicle maintenance, advanced operating practices, and handling of cargo. Basic control forward maneuvers, shifting, and backing will be demonstrated. Vehicle maintenance will introduce vehicle systems, preventive maintenance, diagnosing problems, and reporting malfunctions. Advanced operating practices further emphasis safe operating procedures and emergency maneuvers.

Prerequisite: TRA-7200 CDL Safe Vehicle Operation

TRA-7400 CDL Advanced Skills and Road Development

This course is the fourth of a four-part program designed to give the students the required knowledge to earn a Class A license. The course introduces the student to advanced driving skills through mountain driving, night driving, rural / urban driving and intercity driving. The course introduces advanced vehicle skills operations on a closed course. Federal Motor Carrier required Entry Level driving training is included in this course: Driver Qualifications, Hours of Service, Driver Wellness and Whistle Blower Protection. Advanced operating practices further emphasis safe operating procedures and emergency maneuvers, railroad safety, trip planning, map reading and driver fatigue.

Prerequisite: TRA-7300 CDL Basic Vehicle Skills

TRA-7000 CDL Driver Training Refresher

As a currently licensed operator, enhance or refresh your skills. A pre-assessment will determine which specific skills each participant needs. Focus of the training will be designed around that assessment. Enhanced training in speed and space management, rural and intercity driving, vehicle inspections and log books will also be reviewed.

For more information. call 301-934-7879.