• Training Program

    Class Schedule 

    Day Course
    (3 weeks)

    Mon-Sat

    7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Night Course
    (6 weeks)

    Mon-Fri

    6:00 PM - 11:30 PM

    Day Courses begin every two to three weeks.
    Night courses begin every six weeks.

    Class schedules are subject to change based upon demand. Call (361) 698-2707 for additional information.

    Professional Truck Driver 1 

    The objective of the Professional Truck Driver 1 program is to provide you with basic knowledge and skills in preparation for successfully completing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam. An individual successful completing this program should have experienced the ability to safely operate a tractor-trailer.  You will be scheduled for 160 clock hours to be completed in 3-4 weeks.

    CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION: This section, consisting of 50 clock hours, is designed to provide you with the information needed to obtain the requirements for a Class A CDL, which includes Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, General Knowledge, and Pre-Trip. (Optional endorsements include Doubles & Triples, Hazardous Materials, and Tanker.) In addition, you will be familiarized with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and various types of transmissions, and be taught how to maintain a Driver’s Daily Log. Note that the Hazardous Material Endorsement requires an additional fee for a background check.

    SKILL AREA INSTRUCTION: This section, consisting of 50 clock hours of behind the wheel training and observation, is designed to provide you with the ability to safely maneuver a tractor-trailer unit into a park position. This instruction includes straight-line backing, alley docking, blind-side parallel parking, coupling and uncoupling, and pre-trip inspection.

    OVER-THE ROAD INSTRUCTION: This section, consisting of 60 clock hours of behind the wheel training and observation, is designed to prepare you to safely operate a tractor-trailer unit. You will practice the proper methods of shifting techniques, approaching intersections, left/right hand turns, entering/exiting free way ramps, and using mirrors while driving both forward and backwards in congestive traffic. You will be required to maintain a Driver’s Daily Log, and your progress will be documented daily. On the last day of road training you will be given a driver’s certification road test by a Del Mar College instructor. This certification ensures that you have met the course objective and are ready to test at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for a Class A CDL.

    Note: Failure to successfully complete certification road test by a DMC instructor will result in a student not being able to take the road test at DPS. Additional training time will be considered upon program availability and on a case by case basis. 

    Semi Tractor-Trailer Operator Driving Skills Refresher Course (CVOP-2009)

    Completing refresher course will help you refresh your driving skills and help you in finding employment.

    Course Description:
    Instruction in the operation of a tractor-trailer combination in city and highway conditions including control and maneuvering of the vehicle through various traffic situations.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Control and safely maneuver the vehicle in various traffic situations; and safely back an articulated combination into and through various obstacles.

    Course Requirements:
    Eligible candidates must hold a valid CDL class A license with air-brake endorsement, have a current D.O.T. physical and pass a D.O.T. drug screen prior to attending course. (must be able to verify previous training certifications or work experience) 

    Length of Course:
    Minimal refresher course will cover 20 hours of backing and driving skills. Depending on student's progress, additional time may be recommended for an additional cost.

    Course Schedule:
    Refresher Courses will be scheduled upon demand and equipment availability.