Fast CDL Training to Get Your CDL Now!

Trucks driven by students in the CDL Now Training Program at National Truck Driving School

We often hear callers ask, “How quickly can I get my CDL? I want it NOW!” Our answer: “FAST – in just four weeks!” For students interested in completing their CDL training quickly, we offer our CDL Now! Program.

This program prepares students for truck-driving jobs in only a month – start to finish. During that time, we train beginning students who have never even sat in a big rig cab, how to operate it safely under normal driving conditions.

While it is not as comprehensive in scope or curriculum as our CDL Preparation Program, this CDL Now! Program answers the demand for a quick, but safe and effective training course, whose graduates are ready to drive 18-wheel trucks professionally.

Like our CDL Preparation Program, you’ll learn what you need to know to operate a big truck and get plenty of driving practice on our Training Grounds. And you’ll also learn in our classrooms the knowledge you’ll need to pass your Commercial Driver’s License exam and qualify for a truck driving career.

The CDL Now! Program will train individuals in the operation of a combination semi-tractor-trailer, for entry-level positions within the trucking industry – both interstate and intrastate.  They will learn how to safely and effectively drive under a wide variety of traffic, load, road, weather and geographic conditions and locations.  In addition, students will learn:

  • Check List of Items learned in the CDL Now Program at National Truck Driving SchoolHow to perform a pre-trip inspection
  • How to properly document their Hours of Service in the industry standard logbook
  • The proper methods for and how to Start, Operate and Shutdown a diesel tractor-trailer
  • How to safely back a tractor-trailer in various conditions using various techniques;
  • How to safely couple and uncouple a tractor-trailer
  • How to park and secure the vehicle
  • The safety procedures defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and
  • How to successfully prepare for and pass the D.O.T. written examination as well as the D.O.T. equipment road test, which is mandatory before being employed in the trucking industry.

Take Our CDL Practice Test to See if You’re Ready for the CDL Written Exam

Typical truck cab used in CDL training at National Truck Driving SchoolWhen our students have completed their training, they often take our CDL practice test to make sure they have the knowledge needed to pass the actual CDL written exam. (You can try this free CDL practice test yourself right now by clicking here.)

Many of our CDL Now! graduates have job offers already extended to them from one or more trucking firms by the time they receive their CDL. That’s because truckers are in such high demand due to the nationwide truck-driver shortage, and because of the great reputation of our school within the industry.

During this residential training program, you will have 190 total hours of training, including learning these topics in a classroom at our Training Grounds:

Classroom Subjects and Lesson Descriptions Hours
Sunday Orientation, Roll Call 8
Defensive Truck Driving Course 6
Map Reading 1
Trip Reports 1
Preparation for CDL Permit 13
DOT Regulations‐Hours of Service‐Log Book‐ Part 395 8
Extended Classroom – “Hours of Service” Exercises 10
Driver Wellness, Whistleblower Protection 1
Pre‐Trip Inspection – Brake Adjustment 2
Refrigeration Theory 1
Weight and Cargo Distribution Theory 2
Operator Forms 1
DOT Regulations – Hazardous Materials‐Part 397 2
Driver’s Accident Reporting 1
Academic Testing 4
 TOTAL CLASSROOM SUBJECT HOURS  61

You will also spend time in and around various types of big trucks, including many hours behind the wheel – learning and practicing your driving skills. This training will include:

Classroom Subjects and Lesson Descriptions Hours
Couple/Uncouple Trailers (Hands On) 9
Pre‐Trip Inspection (Hands On) 12
Skills Course Behind‐the‐Wheel, Straight Line Backing, Stop Line, Right Turn, Ally Docking, Parallel Park 40.5
Road and Track Driving 58.5
CDL Testing and as needed, Retesting 3
TOTAL HANDS-ON EQUIPMENT 123

Job Placement Assistance (6 hours)

During the course, you’ll see recruiting presentations from various trucking firms that are interested in hiring our graduates. Near graduation time, we’ll give you a thorough Career Guidance Orientation. Finally, when you’ve completed your course and earned your CDL, our job placement department will work to find a great job in the truck driving field that’s right for you – that is, if you haven’t already been hired! Altogether, you’ll receive a minimum of six hours – and usually more – of job placement assistance and employer presentations.

Complete details of this course are contained in our CDL Now! Program Catalog. You can preview the catalog by clicking hereclicking here, or else download a PDF version of it by clicking here.

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