About Professional Drivers Academy
PDA is a Private Trade School, operating under license of Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Licensed Schools. The Academy admits, trains and refers students without regard to race, color, sex or national origin.
Our goal at Professional Drivers Academy is to provide the graduate with the necessary skills, education and training for employment as an entry tractor/trailer driver in the trucking industry. A diploma is awarded to each student who satisfactorily completes the required 240-hours of classroom, lot and road training. This training enables the individual to obtain consideration for employment as an Entry Level Truck Driver.
Tractor / Trailer Driving Course
PDA offers a specialty course for a diploma:
By the use of small, informal classroom situations, short homework assignments, personal attention to each student's individual needs and varied audio-visual aids, we are able to cover the most important aspects needed by today's drivers. Some of the subjects covered during approximately 110 hours of classroom training are: Orientation, Trucking Nomenclature, Industry Makeup, U. S. DOT Regulations, Driver's Daily Logs, Hours of Service, Vehicle Components and Operation, First Aid Training, Transmissions and Shifting, Defensive Driving, Accident Prevention and Reporting, Freight Documents and Map Reading. A quiz or test is given to insure the retention of the information follows most classroom lecture and homework. The latest information on the Commercial Drivers License is provided and incorporated into our program of instruction. Students will be prepared, during instruction, to pass all aspects of the CDL knowledge tests.
The basics of truck driving are taught by careful step by step introduction to the equipment, combining classroom and practice lot vehicle familiarization, with pre-trip inspections, forward maneuvering, coupling and uncoupling. The students' backing techniques are built slowly, starting with straight line backing, then progressing through arc back corner backs, alley docking, and parallel parking. During the lot training, each person encounters rodeo type obstacles and can sharpen his or her maneuvering techniques in close quarters. The combination of classroom and lot training totaling the first 5 weeks of school are concluded with the student's first experience with a tractor trailer on the public highways. During this preliminary road test, each trainee's progress and ability will be evaluated.
After successful completion of the classroom and lot training, students are assigned to experienced road instructors who drive in actual over-the-road hauling situations. All road training takes place where the candidate can observe proper operating techniques and practice his own driving skills on modern equipment in an actual job-like atmosphere. Any trucker will tell you that experience is the best teacher and at Professional Drivers Academy, most graduates average upwards of 650 miles (behind the wheel) in the 8 week course.
CDL third party testing
After successfully completing your training with us you can now Test with us to obtain your CDL license You can also test if you do not need training and have the hours and miles you need for obtaining your CDL