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Course is 1 student to 1 instructor
Range: Maximum 1 student to 1 instructor and 1 student per truck.
Road: Maximum 1 student to 1 instructor & truck.
Classroom study will take place at Kenai Peninsula Driving Instruction (KPDI) located at The Economic Development District building 14896 Kenai Spur Hwy suite 106A. Skills/field driving will be at the KPDI at range facility located adjacent to the classroom, and throughout the Kenai/Soldotna/Homer Area.
Total Hours – 154 clock hours (108.5 Lab/Web-based Training, and 45.5 BTW Range & Street). The Behind the Wheel (BTW) time each student meets or exceeds the PTDI minimum standard of 44 hours.
7 eight hour training days with 1 mandatory rest day for behind the wheel/range and classroom instruction. 1 Hour lunch break and two 15 minute lunch breaks per day. CD-ROM Based training time completed on students’ own time.
Students will alternate between lab/range/hwy, independent study and distance learning options. Road exam is scheduled for the end of the course.
Unit 1: Basic Operation
- Orientation/ Intro to trucking / Driver qualification
- Control systems
- Vehicle inspections
- Basic controls
- Backing and docking
- Coupling and uncoupling
Unit 3: Advanced Driving Practices
- Night operation
- Extreme driving conditions
- Hazard perception
- Emergency maneuvers/ skid avoidance
- Skid control and recovery
- Railroad crossings
Unit 2: Safe Operating Practices for Basic Operations
- Visual search
- Vehicle search/ communication
- Speed management
- Space management
Unit 4: Vehicle Systems Reporting
- Identification and maintenance
- Diagnosing and reporting malfunctions
Unit 5: Non-Vehicle Activities
- Handling and documenting cargo
- Environmental issues
- Hours of service requirements
- Accident procedures
- Managing life on the road/personal resources
- Trip planning
- Interpersonal communications
We are open to the public for all courses without regard to race, sex, age, creed, color and national or ethnic origin. The following are the course prerequisite requirements:
- Must be at least 19 years of age.
- Must have a valid Alaska Driver License and must have had a Class D license for a minimum of one year (12 months) before the date of application.
Must have or obtain an Instructional Card (IA) permit from DMV before the course starts.
- Must hold a CDL medical examiner’s certificate. This card is obtained upon visiting a DOT authorized physician.
- Must pass a drug screen test. Drug test screening is required prior to training. Positive drug screen reports will warrant ineligibility for enrollment Students may be subject to Random Drug Testing throughout the program.
- Have an acceptable clean driving record. Motor Vehicle Reports (MVR) will need to be submitted prior to class. DWI and other serious driving infractions will be considered to determine ineligibility for enrollment.
- Criminal Driving Record: A driver must not have been convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle; a crime involving drugs; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or hit-and-run driving which resulted in injury or death. Drivers with a criminal conviction of any kind may not operate a commercial vehicle into Canada.
- All students must have appropriate clothing (i.e. rain gear, gloves, work boots, work pants, work shirts, warm clothing and small hand flashlight).
- All students must complete an enrollment packet which requests personal and health related information
Federal Regulations & Driver Qualifications
To qualify for a truck driving job with a company operating in interstate commerce, a driver must meet the minimum requirements prescribed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In addition to federal regulations, most companies have other rules and guidelines, which must be followed.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires a driver to have a complete physical examination every two years. You must not have suffered the loss of a hand, arm, foot, or leg. Not have any physical defect or disease likely to interfere with safe driving. You cannot have a medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes that requires insulin for control.
Vision & Hearing
A driver must have a minimum of 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without corrective lenses, and have a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. Drivers may not be colorblind. A driver must be capable of perceiving a forced whisper in the better ear or at not less than five feet, with or without the use of a hearing aid.
The U.S. Department of Transportation sets safety rules for interstate truck drivers (vehicle inspection, hours of service etc.) and drivers must learn to comply with these rules. Drivers must be able to safely operate the type of motor vehicle he/she drives. Most states have adopted similar rules for intrastate drivers.
Strict regulations forbid the use of alcohol or drugs prior to or while operating a commercial vehicle. Successful passage of alcohol and drug tests is often a condition of employment. Thereafter, drivers are subject to drug and alcohol testing by their employers and by law enforcement officials in the following circumstances: post-accident, reasonable suspicion, and random testing. A driver must have no current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism and must not use any illegal drugs.
Criminal Driving Record
A driver must not have been convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle; a crime involving drugs; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or hit-and-run driving which resulted in injury or death. Drivers with a criminal conviction of any kind may not operate a commercial vehicle into Canada.