How do CDL instructors become qualified to teach CDL training?

By Howard Stihlman, Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

There are a number of criteria that each instructor must meet before being employable by a licensed CDL training school. Every school instructor must have a valid class A CDL and have passed a Department of Transportation background check and driving history check before being approved. Instructors are also required by the DMV to have successfully passed a written exam testing their knowledge of the skills and information they will be teaching, as well as to apply and receive a driver training instructor certificate that allows them to instruct others how to operate a motor vehicle.

Almost every truck driver training school requires that an instructor have at least 2 years of over-the-road driving experience, so the people who will be teaching you already know what it’s like to be on the road. Some have even been drivers for over 20 years! Most schools also require that the instructor go through its own training program as a “refresher” course so that they will be familiar with everything that they will be teaching. Any good school will be happy to share information on how their instructors were trained and how many years of experience they have, so be sure to ask if this is something you are concerned about.

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