Truck Driving Academy

DACC Truck Driving Academy

DACC WDCR Truck Driving Academy prepares participants to drive semi tractor-trailers (Class A). Students prepare for the written exam and the driving skills portion as well as topics such as defensive driving, managing resources, trip planning and vehicle maintenance. The program assists students with employment skills, including resumes, applications, job search and job placement.  A maximum of 4 students per course.

  • Seven week course, 40 hours a week
  • 44 hours of BTW driving for each participant
  • Medical exam, drug screen, driving record, and skills exam included

To obtain a CDL, a driver must have a clean driving record, have a negative drug screen, and receive a medical clearance.  Applicants to the program will get these documents with WDCR assistance and submit this documentation prior to course enrollment.  In addition, applicants must have a valid driver’s license, picture I.D., social security card, and no outstanding tickets or warrants.

Total Program Cost: $3800

  • $200 - Application fee due with application
  • $1800 - Confirms enrollment in desired course date
  • $1080 - Due Monday before course start date
  • $720 - Remainder of tuition due one week before close of program

Truck Driving Academy Overview

Program Requirements & Application Process

To obtain a CDL, a driver must have a clean driving record, have a negative drug screen, and receive a medical clearance.  Applicants to the program will obtain with WDCR assistance and submit this documentation prior to entry into the program.  In addition, applicants must have a valid driver’s license, picture I.D., social security card, and no outstanding tickets or warrants.

Application Fee (non-refundable):  $200, includes voucher for DOT drug screen, DOT medical exam, and covers the driving record request fee.

Commercial License Permit Preparation (40 hrs.)

Participants study the U.S. Department of Transportation rules and regulations, safety, and other classroom theory.  They study the CDL drivers’ manual and prepare for the written portion of the exam through practice tests (StepPrep).  At the end of this course, each student takes the CLP written exam and must pass to receive his or her permit before being able to practice driving.  Students also get a Tanker Endorsement.

Professional Driving Classroom and Independent Study (70 hrs)

Participants learn and review all facets of professional driving in a classroom setting with a qualified and experienced instructor.  They have built-in time for individual learning in the independent study hours, where they can review material, learn vocabulary, and practice test questions.  The classroom and independent study topics include 1) overview of CDL, such as restrictions, passenger transport, air brakes, combination vehicles; 2) control systems; 3) vehicle pre-trip and post-trip inspection; 4) basic control; 5) safe operating practices; 6) advanced operating procedures; 7) vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions; 8) handling and documenting cargo; 9) environmental issues; 10) hours of service requirements; and 11) accident procedures. Students learn how to manage log books, map reading, defensive driving, and cargo documentation. 

Employment Skills and Job Search (34 hrs.)

Participants gain skills in job searches, interviews, resumes, and other application documents.  The course discusses good employment skills, like time management, communication, and digital literacy.  They also review trip planning, managing life on the road, and managing personal finances.  Students develop professional resumes and other job application documents.  They receive assistance in finding work in the commercial driving career field as well as the different options for operators.  The course include guest speakers and employers to speak about self-employment, over-the-road driving, short hauls, and employment opportunities in the field.

Professional Driving Skills (BTW) (44 hrs per student/176 hrs total)

The participants learn and practice all maneuvers associated with deliveries, yard jockeying, city and freeway driving, speed and space managements, communication and emergency situations.  Students practice these skills in behind-the-wheel road driving practice.  

Skills Exam (2-2.5 Hrs)

Participants will take the skills exam to receive their CDL.

Program Documents

Click on the link below to download documents or click the button below to register.

Truck Driving Academy Brochure

Truck Driving Academy Application

Become a Commercial Truck Driving Instructor

DACC Workforce Center is seeking part-time instructors to teach CDL driving instruction and prepare participants to drive commercial trucks, semi tractor-trailers, and passenger vehicles. You will prepare students for the written exam and the driving skills portion of the CDL exam and assist students with employment skills, including financial skills, job search, and job placement.

If you are interested, apply now or call our office 575-527-7776 for more information, or submit your resume to Mary Ulrich at mulrich@nmsu.edu.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Financial aid and assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or military spouse, or if you have a disability.  Educational loans are also available from many local banks.  Please contact WDCR to set up an appointment for more information, 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.