Commercial Driver Training (Class A CDL)

Students spend three weeks learning industry procedures and requirements, while training for their Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL). Passing the training course is the first step toward passing the CDL exam for licensure.

PTI’s combination of classroom, lab, range and on-the-road experience ensures that students learn the best procedures and build the skills that make driving a truck safely second nature.

This program meets minimum requirements established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and is based on the FMCSA “Model Curriculum”.

Topics Covered

  • General Vehicle Knowledge
  • Safety control systems
  • Safe truck control measures
  • Placing the truck in operation
  • Air Brakes
  • Pre-trip Inspections
  • In-cab Inspection
  • Use of controls and emergency equipment
  • Operation of the truck in traffic and while passing other motor vehicles
  • Slowing the truck by means other than braking
  • Backing and parking the truck
  • Load-securement Training
  • Log-book Training


Students must be able to pass a background check to be accepted to PTI. Students who have accidents on their record can still enroll in the program, but companies will consider these drivers on a case-by-case basis. Students must also be able to pass a Department of Transportation physical and drug screen.
  1. Enroll Online.
  2. Allow PTI to run a national background check.
  3. Provide a copy of a valid driver’s license.
  4. Take a DOT medical exam.
  5. Take a DOT-compliant drug test within 30 days of the start of the class.

Submit a copy of your High School Transcripts. If you cannot get a copy of your transcripts or do not have a H.S. Diploma or GED – no problem. Just come in and take an Ability-to-Benefit test to get started in the class!
For more information on completing the above requirements, please call (865) 268-8520, or email

PTI offers affordable financing options with forgivable rates for qualifying students. All finance payments will begin 60 days after completion of the CDL exam. Students are responsible for meeting pre-enrollment requirements, which include:
  • Background Check
  • U.S. DOT Medical Exam
  • U.S. DOT Drug Test
  • Class A CDL Permit Fee
  • Class A CDL License Fee

Learn more about financing your Class A CDL Truck Driver Training.


To be eligible for the PTI CDL certificate, students must complete 150 hours of training. Passing the training course is the first step toward passing the CDL exam for licensure.