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TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING

COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (CDL)

Companies are experiencing a shortage of drivers. Camp’s professional truck driving program consists of classroom instruction, various backing maneuvers, equipment and safety checks and on-the-road training. This comprehensive 160-hour program not only provides the skills you need, it also includes lifetime free job placement assistance to graduates and lifetime refresher training.

What is the employment outlook for a career in Commercial Driving?

Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average of all occupations. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving. -Bureau of Labor Statistics

What credentials can I earn through Camp’s program?

Camp’s Truck Driver Training program prepares you for the CDL license test for either the CDL Class A or CDL Class B.

What is the difference between CDL Class A and CDL Class B?

CDL Class A, you can drive any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more if the vehicle(s) being towed has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 10,000 pounds. Vehicles in this class include Tractor-trailer, Truck and trailer combinations, and Tractor-trailer buses. If you hold a class A license and you have the correct endorsements, you may also operate vehicles listed in Class B.

CDL Class B, you can drive any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more. Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more towing another vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less. This class includes Straight trucks, Large buses, Segmented buses, Trucks towing vehicles with GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less.


CDL Class A

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Take the CDL A course, earn the credential, and receive a $1,000 award as a VA Ready Scholar.

Get started by calling Workforce Development at 757-569-6050 or emailing Workforce at workforce@pdc.edu.

Earning your Class A CDL can be the entryway to an entirely new career with higher pay and better benefits! With a CDL Class A, you can drive any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more if the vehicle(s) being towed has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 10,000 pounds. Vehicles in this class include Tractor-trailer, Truck and trailer combinations, and Tractor-trailer buses. If you hold a class A license and you have the correct endorsements, you may also operate vehicles listed in Class B.

Associated Credential: Class A Commercial Driver’s License (160 hours) [40 classroom hours and 120 hands-on hours]

Dates/Times:

Week Day Program Mondays – Fridays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Weekend Program Saturdays – Sundays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
March 6 - March 31, 2023 May 27 - July 30, 2023
April 3 - April 28, 2023 August 5 - October 8, 2023
May 1 - May 26, 2023 October 14 - December 17, 2023
May 30 - June 26, 2023 January 13 - March 17, 2024
June 26 - July 28, 2023  
July 31 - August 25, 2023  
August 28 - September 25, 2023  
September 25 - October 20, 2023  
October 23 - November 17, 2023  
November 20 - December 19, 2023  
   
   

Location: Hobbs Suffolk Campus, Room 117
CEU: 16 CEUs
Tuition: $4,500
Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) Price: $1500**

Professional Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Training (Class A) Includes:

  • 160 Hours of Range, Road and Classroom Training
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Prepares the Student for an Entry-Level Professional Driving Position
  • CDL Exam Training and Preparation
  • Full and part-time Class Schedules
  • Real World Immediate Hands-On Training
  • Includes Vehicle to Take DMV Test
  • Lifetime Job Placement Assistance
  • 98% Job Placement Rate

CDL Class B

Start a new and exciting career by earning your Class B CDL and earn higher pay and better benefits! With a CDL Class B, you can drive any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more. Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more towing another vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less. This class includes straight trucks, large buses, segmented buses, trucks towing vehicles with GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less.

Dates/Times:

Week Day Program Mondays – Fridays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Weekend Program Saturdays – Sundays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
January 9 - January 27, 2023 December 17, 2022 - February 19, 2023
February 6 - February 24, 2023 March 11 - May 7, 2023
March 6 - March 24, 2023 May 27 - July 16, 2023
April 3 - April 21, 2023 August 5 - September 24, 2023
May 1 - May 19, 2023 October 14 - December 3, 2023
May 30 - June 19, 2023 January 13 - March 3, 2024
June 26 - July 21, 2023  
July 31 - August 19, 2023  
August 28 - September 18, 2023  
September 25 - October 13, 2023  
October 23 - November 10, 2023  
November 20 - December 12, 2023  

Location: Paul D. Camp Community College Suffolk Hobbs Campus at 271 Kenyon Road in Suffolk, Virginia
Cost: $3,300
Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) Price: $1100**

Hands-On Class B CDL Driving Instruction includes:

  • 120 hours of Range, Road and Classroom Training
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Prepares the Student for an Entry-Level Professional Driving Positions
  • CDL Exam Training and Preparation
  • Full and part-time Class Schedules
  • Real World Immediate Hands-On Training
  • Includes Vehicle to Take DMV Test
  • Lifetime Job Placement Assistance
  • 98% Job Placement Rate

Registration Requirements

Prospective students must provide the following prior to registration

  • Proof of age *Must be 18 years or older
  • Copy of valid Virginia Driver’s License
  • Copy of DMV Record OR Copy of Learner’s Permit
  • DOT Physical Exam
  • Federal DOT drug screen
  • Proof of Selective Service Registration (Male Applicants Only) Can be obtained at: https://www.sss.gov

Prospective students will be officially enrolled in the CDL Class A or CDL Class B course when all registration documents have been completed and submitted, and payment for the course has been received.

Students may have the D.O.T. physical and drug screen completed at a NowCare location, or request that Shippers Choice (757-375-7053) schedule the tests for the first week of class.

Students who do not successfully complete the course by earning a grade of “S” for satisfactory within 30 days of the course end date, have agreed per the signed FastForward funding Agreement, to pay 1/3 of the total tuition to Paul D. Camp Community College. 

The DMV final testing can now be conducted by Shipper’s Choice following the completion of the class at the class location.  Students will pay Shipper’s Choice $50 to take the test.

Upon satisfactory completion, a certificate from Paul D. Camp Community College will be issued. The school has approximately 60 local and long distance carriers in need of graduates.

Visit Financial Assistance to learn about available grants and scholarships for eligible students.

Visit Workforce Registration to apply for grants, register, and pay for your class.

Registration Deadline for Non-credit Classes: All registration documents must be submitted by 4:00PM one (1) week prior to class start date.  Payments must be submitted by 4:00PM three (3) business days prior to class start date.

For more information, please contact Workforce Development at workforce@pdc.edu or call 757.569.6050. 


Job Outlook –

As of the fourth quarter of 2021, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers was 5,701.

There is projected annual demand for 642 new entrants into this occupation.

(Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report, April 2022)

Earnings in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region -

2021 wages for Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Driver careers:
Entry Level $29,400 – Mean $41,300 – Experienced $47,300