Program prepares students to take PA test to drive big rigs, trucks
March 11, 2009
HARRISBURG, PA – If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get behind the wheel of a big rig, here’s your chance. HACC is adding Certified Drivers License (CDL) training for Class “A” (tractor trailer) and Class “B” (straight truck over 26,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight) to its lineup of programs in April.
Truck driving is among the top five jobs needed by Pennsylvania employers, but an operator has to pass a state-required examination to obtain a CDL certification.
Here’s where HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, can help. HACC’s new CDL Driving Certification Program is a four- to six-week program that will take you through the process to obtain a CDL license from preparation for a permit to fine-tuning skills after passing the state exam. Classes meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at North Hall on the Harrisburg Campus and the Sutliff Chevrolet at Paxton and Cameron streets.
The Class “A” program is six weeks and costs $5,500. The Class “B” program is four weeks and costs $4,000. The cost includes text books, drug and alcohol testing, preparation for permit testing and the CDL test. The actual testing will be done by PennDOT, and HACC will make all the necessary arrangements, including the equipment and instructor to take students to pass the test.
Students will be required to pay for their own federal-required physical and any Pennsylvania-required documents, such as permit, endorsements or criminal background checks (required for a Hazardous Materials endorsement).
For more information, and to register, contact Uly S. Bell, program coordinator, at (717) 221-1357 or via e-mail at
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