Phone Number: 202-449-8663 Ext. 0
Phone Number: 202-449-8663 Ext. 0
HOPE PROJECT ACADEMY
The objective of this course is to prepare the student to pass the written Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test for Class A & B license, and to proceed to find employment opportunities as a commercial driver. Students must meet the requirements of this course to qualify for Graduation.
The course includes general knowledge and review of federal motor carriers’ safety regulations, vehicle inspection procedures, air brakes, and defensive driving techniques. There will be 140 hours of theory and 160 hours of practical (on-the road) training.
CDL500 – Knowledge Tests
Students will learn the licensing requirements for a CDL License and will receive instruction in general knowledge that is required by all applicant; the air brakes test required to operate a vehicle with air brakes; passenger transport test by all bus driver applicants; school bus test for drivers of a school bus; combination vehicle test required if the student wants to drive combination vehicles; hazardous materials required to haul hazardous materials or waste in amounts which require placarding; and requirements for hauling liquids in bulk and doubles/triples for pulling double or triple trailers.
CDL 501 – Introduction to CDL
This course includes lessons on driving safely, vehicle inspection, basic control of your vehicle, shifting gears (if applicable), seeing, communicating, controlling speed, managing space driving at night, driving in fog, winter driving, driving in very hot weather, railroad crossings, mountain crossings and mountain driving; seeing hazards, emergencies, skid control and recovery, accident procedures, fires, staying alert and fit to drive; hazardous materials rules for the commercial driver; review of the commercial driver’s license test and the CDL rules.
CDL502 – Driving Safely
The student will learn how to inspect their vehicle and review the basic controls of the vehicle. Other topics will be discussed such as shifting gears, driving at night, seeing hazards, emergencies, accident procedures, staying alert, and rules for carrying hazardous materials.
CDL503 – Transporting Cargo Safely – (Class A Only)
This course will cover cargo inspection, weight and balance requirements, how to secure your cargo, and other cargo needing special attention. (Class A Only)
CDL504 – Transporting Passengers
Students will discuss pre-trip inspections, loading and trip start, on the road, after the trip vehicle inspection, prohibited practice, and use of brake door interlock.
CDL505 – Air Brakes
Course will review the air brake system, dual air brakes, inspections, and use of air brakes.
CDL506 – Driving Combination Vehicles – (Class A Only)
Students will cover safety, coupling and uncoupling, inspections, doubles and triples, and pulling double/triple trailers.
CDL507 – Tank Vehicles – (Class A Only)
Students learn how to inspect, drive, and follow safe driving rules.
CDL508 – Hazardous Materials – (Class A Only)
Regulations are reviewed covering loading and unloading, driving and parking rules, emergencies, and bulk packaging marking.
CDL509 – School Bus/Truck/Tractor/Coach and Transit Bus
Students will receive on the road driving test and pre-trip inspections. Basic control skills tests will be administered.
CDL510 – Prepare for and Take the DMV Road Test
During the Practical Phase of the training, student will have hands-on experiences to put into practice all that is required to take the CDL skills tests. There are three types of general skills that will be tested: Pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control and on-road driving. Students will be schedule to take the Road test and to be prepared to demonstrate the following:
Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection – Students will be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge of the vehicle and whether the vehicle is safe to drive. The student will explain to the instructor/examiner what they inspect and why.
Basic Vehicle Control – Students will demonstrate their ability to control the vehicle and will be asked to move the vehicle forward, backward, and turn it within a defined area. These areas are marked with traffic lanes, cones, barriers or appropriate obstacles. The instructor/examiner will tell the student how each control test is to be done.
On-Road Driving. Students will demonstrate their ability to safely drive the vehicle in a variety of traffic situations. These situations will include left and right turns, intersections, railway crossings, and curves, up and down grades, single and multi-lane roads, streets and highways. The instructor/examiner will tell the student where to drive.
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