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Full Course FAQ

What is the Training like?

How long does the program last? The most common program is the 4-week program also known as the 160-hour program. The reason why this is 160 hours is that many large companies require new drivers to have a training certificate for that amount of time. The other course is 5 weeks long, which is the same as the 4 weeks but adds additional classroom time for endorsement training. And is only available in certain locations.

When is the training taking place? Classes will begin once a month depending on the location. Most of our locations train Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Except for Indiana, PA which is training Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

What types of vehicles are used in the program? The vehicles that are typically used for the training programs are air-brake-equipped tractor-trailer combinations with manual transmissions. When you start your training you can also request it be done in an automatic. For the ELDT, we have Class A and Class B (Manual or Automatic) and also a Class B Passenger bus available.

What do I need for Training?

What do I need for the first day of training? For the first day of classes you will need a valid driver's license, pens and a note book. You are welcome to pack a lunch, or if you want to go out for lunch you may do so.

What kind of clothing is recommended? For footwear it is recommend that you wear workboots, hiking boots, or hard sole shoes. Outtwear should be blue jeans, tee shirts, and sweatshirts with no offensive labels. Weather appropriate gears is also a must as you will be spending time outdoors.

Besides tuition costs are there any additional fees involved? Students are required to get a Class A permit, DOT Physical and DOT Drug Test. Permits are typically between $49.50 and $84.50 depending on when your license expires. The cost for a DOT Physical is usually around $95.00. Some facilities may be more or less. All students must undergo a Drug Screen during the first week of training and they must be done through Pa PRIDE.

What will I need for the permit test? When you go to the DMV to take the knowledge exam, you will need money to pay for the exam, a raised seal certificate of birth or valiad passport, and two bills with your address on them. If you're not sure if you have the correct birthcertificate you can email Mike at mikebeers@papride.net. If you need a new birth certificate click the link below to get additional information.

Additional Questions

Can I use Medical Marijuana? You cannot be on Medical Marijuana, even if you have a Med card for it. You will fail the drug test.

Is there anything else that I can do to prepare for the class? Yes, you are permitted to get your permit and DOT Physical done before classroom week. This will allow you more time to study for your pre-trip inspection. Though, getting your permit and DOT Physical early is not required because you will be given time at the end of the first week. You can also start studying for the permit early by reading sections 2, 3, 5, and 6 in the PennDot Commerical Driver's License Manual, which I'll link below. This will give you a better understanding of the course material. There are no updated physical copies of the manual.

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