Northeast Iowa Community College begins new CDL program this month

Northeast Iowa Community College

The Northeast Iowa Community College Regional Academy for Math and Science (RAMS) at the Oelwein Center will offer a new semi-truck driving: Class A CDL course this summer. 

As a competency-based entry-level driver training program, it is designed to prepare students for a truck driving career. The training develops each driver’s skills in backing, turning and safe driving, on both rural and suburban roads. Training techniques include CDL simulator, bumper-to-bumper online coursework, classroom lecture and hands-on behind-the-wheel training.

The RAMS/Oelwein Center is offering two sessions of the CDL course: June 27-July 22 and July 25-Aug. 1. Each session meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The course can be completed in four weeks, but students proficient in pre-trip inspection, range and road skills may complete CDL testing prior to the end date. Endorsement certifications for hazardous materials, bus driving and tanker are available and require additional training and testing.

Program cost is $4,000, plus additional costs for the required DOT physical and drug and alcohol screening. Tuition assistance is available if qualifications are met.

Before registration, students will need to obtain a commercial learner’s permit, which includes three tests taken at the Department of Transportation: General Knowledge, Air Brake and Combination Vehicle. Once that is complete, students must register with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and are required to pass and pay for the Department of Transportation physical and pre-employment drug/alcohol screening.

This program meets the Federal Motor Carrier Entry-Level Driver Training requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and will prepare drivers for Class A CDL testing with Federal Department of Transportation examiners.