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Professional Driving Academy

In a short amount of time, you can receive a credential that will lead to a high demand, professional career that pays well and provides benefits.

What to Know at a Glance

Duration

4 weeks non-credit certification

Delivery

Face-to-face

Scheduling Options

Full time; Day classes

Where it is offered

TexAmericas

About Professional Driving Academy

Demand for professional drivers is rising. The American Trucking Association estimates that there are 3.5 million truck drivers in the USA. In fact, 90,000 more drivers are needed per year for the next decade, according to the ATA, to keep up with demand. Over the next decade, the trucking industry will need to hire roughly 1.1 million new drivers, or an average of nearly 110,000 per year.

Possible Careers and Salaries

Truck Driver

$48,842 (avg)

AGE
Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.

EDUCATION
A high school diploma or G.E.D. is not required (but applicant must furnish a copy of high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate, if applicable, at the time of enrollment). If applicant does not have a high school diploma or G.E.D., an assessment test will be given to determine that the student has the ability to benefit from the training offered.

ASSESSMENT TEST
Each student who does not have a copy of his/her high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate is required to take a Wonderlic test prior to beginning the program. Students are required to hold the CLP before enrolling in the class.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Each applicant must pass the Department Of Transportation examination, including but not limited to urinalysis drug screening, and Breath Alcohol Test.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES
Applicants must make an appointment for information about admission requirements prior to course registration.
Call 903-823-3434 for more information.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
If you qualify for financial assistance, all documentation must be completed, approved, and submitted to the Admissions office prior to the beginning of class.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
In accordance with the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Ancora Education does not discriminate by denying admission because of color, race, sex, national origin, age, religion, or any disability that would not preclude employment within the selected program, in admissions, counseling, training, placement employment, or in any other activity.

Course Objectives
After graduation from this course, the student will be;

  1. Qualified to secure an entry level job as an over the road driver with a commercial driver’s license.
  2. Aware of safety procedures; alcohol and drug effects; laws and penalties applicable to the professional driver.
  3. Proficient at performing pre-trip, safe start, air brakes inspections on the road, and post trip vehicle and equipment inspections.
  4. Skillful in safe driving techniques.
  5. Capable of map reading, log books, cargo documentation, dispatch procedures, emergency responsibilities, and regulations of transportation agencies.
  6. As an over the road driver, students will travel all 48 states and Canada, in all kinds of weather and terrain.

Each student will receive range driving skills practice and actual street driving experience. A graduate of this program, without prior truck driving experience, needs to drive with an experienced and competent driver at first to have sufficient behind-the-wheel experience to drive safely over the road.

In order to graduate, a student must complete the minimum number of required course hours and maintain an overall 90% average during training. The student must pass the CDL examination. Upon satisfactory completion the student will receive a certificate of completion.

Requirements for licensing and DOT physical:

  • Valid Texas or Arkansas driver’s license
  • Provide an original birth certificate
  • Proof of auto liability insurance
  • Picture ID – must have for drug screen
  • Social security card
  • Must not have any outstanding tickets or warrants
  • CLP

Tuition Costs

The total program cost is $4,191, which includes tuition, DOT physical, drug screen, motor vehicle report and CDL license fee. All fees are non-refundable and must be paid in advance.

Program Contacts

Holli Easley

Business Development Specialist

Mendy Sharp

Executive Director of Workforce & Business Development

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