Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training Programs
CDL A: Tractor Trailer Training – 160 Hours
This is our most popular course – and for the good reason that it provides more career options upon graduation. This program prepares you for your CDL class A license, and for entry level employment, driving all classes of commercial vehicles. During the first week of this commercial driver’s license program, you will be in the classroom, learning everything you need to pass your written permit test. Next, you’ll move to the yard and learn about truck inspections and making maneuvers in a controlled environment. Afterward, under supervised instruction from one of our experienced trainers, you’ll learn to drive a tractor trailer on the road. This is where you’ll gain the knowledge and the confidence you need to operate a truck safely and efficiently. These trucks are very large, very heavy and can be dangerous. Proper instruction from professionals is critical for your future as a professional driver.
CDL B: Straight Truck Training – 120 Hours
This program can teach you how to operate straight trucks, dump trucks, and/or box trucks. You’ll start in the classroom and learn the theory behind operating these vehicles. CDL driving school coursework can prepare you to pass the written permit test. Later, you’ll move to the yard and begin learning about truck inspections and maneuvers in a controlled environment. Once you’re confident with these skills, you’ll go out on the road and learn how to drive in real-life traffic scenarios under supervised instruction. Upon completion of the program, you can be fully prepared to pass your road test.
CDL B: With Passenger Endorsement – 120 Hours
Upon completion of this course, you will earn a CDL B with a passenger endorsement and be able to drive a bus. You will first go through the classroom and be taught by an instructor all the information you need to know to pass your permit test. Afterward, your training will be moved to our training yard where you will learn the basic skills of inspecting and operating the vehicle. When you are ready, you will move to road training where you will learn the skills needed to operate the vehicle safely and be prepared to pass your road test.
CDL Refresher Courses –40, 80 & 160 Hours (Only Available in NJ)
This course is designed for those who have a CDL but have not driven for six months or more. If you are looking to re-enter the transportation industry we offer 40, 80 and 160-hour refresher courses so you can brush up on your skills in a commercial vehicle. In the course, you will be driving the truck in the yard to review your pre-trip inspections and close quarter driving skills. Afterward, you will be accompanied by one our experienced instructors to drive out on the road to practice your skills in real-life traffic scenarios. If you have a road test scheduled with a company, be sure to let our instructor know as they will assist you with the specific skills you will need.
Smith & Solomon has been in the truck driver training industry for over three decades. We are one of the largest commercial driver training schools in the country, maintaining a fleet of 140 pieces of equipment. Smith & Solomon is considered a leader in commercial driver education, and we are looked upon to advise the trucking industry in driver recruitment, driver retention, and driver compliance issues.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality driving courses offered throughout the United States. We are committed to teaching each student the safety and responsibility issues inherent in driving a commercial motor vehicle. At Smith & Solomon, safety comes first. Our training programs and defensive driving course ensure that we only put safe and responsible drivers on the road. They learn driving skills that they can take with them for life. We are committed to placing our graduates in to a new career in the transportation industry and help fill the severe national shortage of truck drivers.
What separates Smith & Solomon from other trucking schools is our commitment to helping you find a job in the transportation industry. Not only do we train our students on standard transmission trucks, our full-time placement specialists do all they can to help you find, apply for and land trucking jobs.
At Smith & Solomon, we don’t cut classes short so we can cut costs like other schools. We provide quality truck driving instruction that prepare you for the real world. Our 160-hour CDL A course ensures that you receive the training you need to be an effective driver. Upon completion of our driving courses, you can be confident and able to handle whatever the road throws your way.
What this means for our students – As a Smith & Solomon student, you’ll meet with our job placement specialists early and often throughout your driving courses. Recruiters from major trucking companies visit our schools weekly to recruit our students for open positions.
As an added value, our free Proprietary Job Readiness 101 course can teach you what to expect when you enter the job market. You can become aware of your responsibilities and rights as a driver and educated on the compliance requirements of possessing a CDL.
Our 140-piece fleet is made up of yard and road trucks, buses and forklifts. We have tractor trailers, straight trucks, dump trucks, flatbeds, buses and forklifts to give our students a wide range of training opportunities. At Smith & Solomon, you’ll train on the same equipment you test on. Our equipment is up-to-date and offers you the chance to gain valuable driving experience so you’re comfortable and prepared when it's time to take your CDL exam.
What this means for our students – Training and testing on the same equipment means you will be prepared and comfortable when it's time to take your CDL exam. It's important to train on up-to-date equipment as it better prepares you for the vehicles you will be driving in your job. Most trucking companies cycle through their vehicles to incorporate the latest technologies and weed out the equipment with high mileage.
We have developed an advanced classroom training program that incorporates PowerPoint presentations, videos and pertinent, up-to-date training materials, such as distracted driving, CSA, hours of service and more. This course is taught by experienced, knowledgeable instructors who are there to answer your questions and teach you the latest in trucking education.
What this means for you – If you’re like many of our students, you haven’t taken a test or been in a classroom in years. Our programs ease students in and give them a chance to connect with their instructors while getting the hands-on experience they need. It's all a standard part of our programs and included in the tuition.