CDL

Entry-Level Commercial Driver Training


INTEREST FORM

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NONCREDIT REGISTRATION

Please click the link above to register as a noncredit student at Victor Valley College. You will only be able to register for noncredit classes using this form but are welcome to complete the normal registration process at any time if you would like to take credit-bearing courses. Students who are current VVC students are already approved to take noncredit courses and do not need to complete a separate noncredit registration.


All Truck Jobs

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - $1000

 


If you are interested in an exciting career as a commercial driver, Victor Valley College will be offering CDL training at no cost to students beginning in Fall 2022. 

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Pending Legislation: SHIP IT Act

This act has provisions for tax breaks for truck drivers. Please check the link for more information.

SPRING 2023 SESSION REGISTRATION

 

UPDATE: All seats and the waiting list filled in just a few minutes this morning (January 19th) once registration went live. Thank you for your desire to be part of an incredibly popular program. The Summer 2023 CDL session will begin May 15th. We will hold a zoom orientation prior to opening that session for registration. Details will be posted to this site and emailed to everyone on the interest list.

Students will register for CDL 041 ONLY. Once the CDL 041 roster is finalized, those students will be automatically registered into CDL 042 and CDL 043.

 

Spring 2023 CDL Schedule
March        20 Monday CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
21 Tuesday CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
22 Wednesday CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
23 Thursday  CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
24 Friday CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
25 Saturday
26 Sunday
27 Monday CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
28 Tuesday CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
29 Wednesday CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
30 Thursday  CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
31 Friday CDL 041 Classroom (HDTC) 5:00PM - 10:10PM 5.4
April
1 Saturday
2 Sunday
3 Monday
4 Tuesday
5 Wednesday
6 Thursday 
7 Friday        
8 Saturday
9 Sunday
10 Monday        
11 Tuesday        
12 Wednesday        
13 Thursday         
14 Friday        
15 Saturday        
16 Sunday
17 Monday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
18 Tuesday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
19 Wednesday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
20 Thursday  CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
21 Friday CDL 042 Classroom (HDTC) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
22 Saturday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
23 Sunday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
24 Monday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
25 Tuesday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
26 Wednesday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
27 Thursday  CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
28 Friday CDL 042 Classroom (HDTC) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
29 Saturday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
30 Sunday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
May
1 Monday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
2 Tuesday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
3 Wednesday
4 Thursday 
5 Friday CDL 042 Classroom (HDTC) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
6 Saturday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
7 Sunday CDL 042 Range (Lot W) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
8 Monday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
9 Tuesday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
10 Wednesday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
11 Thursday  CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
12 Friday CDL 043 Classroom (HDTC) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
13 Saturday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 5:50PM
14 Sunday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 5:50PM
15 Monday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
16 Tuesday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
17 Wednesday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
18 Thursday  CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
19 Friday CDL 043 Classroom (HDTC) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
20 Saturday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 5:50PM
21 Sunday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 5:50PM
22 Monday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
23 Tuesday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
24 Wednesday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
25 Thursday  CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 12:10PM 12:40PM - 5:50PM
26 Friday CDL 043 Classroom (HDTC) 8:00AM - 4:50PM
27 Saturday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 5:50PM
28 Sunday CDL 043 Range (Lot W) 7:00AM - 5:50PM
29 Monday        
30 Tuesday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
31 Wednesday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
June
1 Thursday  Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
2 Friday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
3 Saturday
4 Sunday
5 Monday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
6 Tuesday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
7 Wednesday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
8 Thursday  Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
9 Friday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
10 Saturday
11 Sunday
12 Monday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
13 Tuesday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
14 Wednesday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
15 Thursday  Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  
16 Friday Spring 2023 First 8 Weeks DMV Testing DMV 5:00AM - 3:00PM  

 

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

There will be an informational meeting Wednesday, January 18th from 6:30PM - 8:00PM. The meeting will be recorded if you are unable to attend.

Topic: CDL Orientation
Time: Jan 18, 2023 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

Federal law governs the operation of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). Students will be drug and alcohol tested prior to operating any VVC CMVs. If, in the opinion of faculty or staff, a student appears to be under the influence of a prohibited substance, they will be referred for testing according to federal requirements. A positive drug or alcohol test as a CMV operator must be reported to the Clearinghouse, which may bar drivers from employment. If you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, click here to find help. 

Hair follicle testing: Please see the link for an article explaining the state of hair follicle testing for CDL drivers.

Courses

CDL 041 - Safe Operation and Regulations (54 Lecture Hours)
  • This course will prepare students to take the Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) test at the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Students will learn laws and regulations governing commercial vehicles as well as safe operating practices. Students will use a commercial vehicle simulator and begin practicing pre-trip inspections during this course. 
CDL 042 - Range Operations (27 Lecture Hours/54 Lab Hours)
  • This course will teach students to be proficient at pre-trip inspections, air brake system testing, and parking operations such as parallel parking and angled backing into a dock.
CDL 043 - On-the-road Training (27 Lecture Hours/67.5 Lab Hours)
  • This course will teach students to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) on public roads in the high desert. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to pass the road test portion of the licensing process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the cost of the program?

Commercial Driver Training courses will be offered at no charge to students.

Students will need to pay for the following items over the course of the program:

  • DMV fees for permit and behind-the-wheel testing - Original Class A or Class B - $89 (January 2023)
  • DOT Physical (fees vary...CDL instructors will provide more information)
  • Drug Testing $165
    • Victor Valley College will be using Mobile Occupational Services as our Third Party Administrator. Students are be considered owner-operators under FMCSA regulations. Student drivers are responsible for their own compliance with part 382 and part 40. Because of this requirement, students will be charged a management fee and will be charged for pre-employment testing and for their FMCSA Clearinghouse query. The management fee covers an entire DOT substance abuse program. All DOT drug and alcohol random testing, annual queries, program management, clearinghouse management and assistance, DOT required education, and a DOT policy. DOT requires Mobile Occupational Services to treat students the same as  "owner-operators" in order to be in compliance. The pre-employment test and query is required for all students driving Victor Valley College commercial vehicles. Students may not use a different Third Party Administrator.

If you need assistance with the fees, America's Job Center of California (AJCC) may be able to help. There are locations throughout San Bernardino County and you can find one close to you here: https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/job-seekers/  Please contact them for details of their program.

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids or CalWORKs is a state-funded welfare-to-work program designed to help individuals on public assistance. CalWORKs provides temporary cash aid assistance to families with dependent children to help meet basic needs. CalWORKs aids parents in completing training programs with the goal of helping families become self-sufficient. Click here to apply.

The Victor Valley College Foundation has a limited number of CARES Act grants available to assist students with paying for materials and fees. Students must be referred by a staff member or instructor.

In addition, workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for the Golden State Education and Training Grant Program.

Is instruction provided in languages other than English?

No. Federal regulations require commercial drivers to be able to communicate in English. DMV written and drive tests are conducted in English only. Students who are not able to communicate effectively in English are encouraged to enroll in VVC English as a Second Language courses. Please contact Martha Mendez at martha.mendez@vvc.edu for more information on our ESL program.

Are trucks manual or automatic?

Trucks operated by Victor Valley College are equipped with manual transmissions. Students will have access to a simulator to practice manual transmission operation prior to operating a truck on the range or public roads. 

What trailers are used for training?

Victor Valley College has a 53' van trailers and 48' flatbeds.

Is this program an approved Entry-Level Driver Training Program?

Yes, the Victor Valley College program meets the requirements of ELDT. Check out this video for more information about Entry Level Driver Training rules.

Does Victor Valley College guarantee employment upon graduation?

No. Victor Valley College will make every effort to inform students of opportunities to obtain employment as commercial motor vehicle operators. Students are responsible for making contact with potential employers and securing offers of employment.

How can I check my record in the Training Provider Registry (TPR)?

Drivers who have completed entry-level driver training can check their record to see what information their training provider(s) have submitted to the Training Provider Registry (TPR).

  1. Visit the Training Provider Registry (TPR)
  2. Enter your name and license information (this must match how the training provider entered your information) and certify you are only checking your own information.
  3. Answer a question to verify your identity
  4. View your record.
I've held a CDL in the past. Can I skip part of the program and just do the driving portion of the CDL training?

At this time, Victor Valley College does not offer a separate program for experienced drivers. All students seeking to earn a CDL will need to complete the sequence of courses (CDL 041/CDL 042/CDL 043) that make up the Entry Level Driver Training program. 

Does Victor Valley College offer an ELDT Hazardous Materials course?

At this time, Victor Valley College does not offer an ELDT Hazardous Materials course for drivers who are seeking a HazMat endorsement. This course is in development and we hope to have it available in the very near future.

Upon completion of the Victor Valley College CDL program, will I be obligated to work for a specific trucking company for a period of time?

No, Victor Valley College is independent of all trucking companies. When you complete training with us and get your license, you are free to work for any company. We are able to offer training for free through funding from the state of California. Other private schools that advertise free CDL training usually require you to work for a particular trucking company for a period of time to repay their investment. Victor Valley College also cannot guarantee you employment. We will make every effort to connect employers to students so you can learn about the available opportunities and make an informed decision regarding which employer will be the best fit for you.

 

If you have questions not answered on this page, please send an email to richard.radcliffe@vvc.edu


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