Celadon Driving Academy
8401 Killam Industrial Blvd
Laredo, TX 78045

Celadon Driving Academy Reviews

Program: Paid CDL Training

Length: 11 weeks

Classroom Instruction: 40 hours

Skills Training: 4 weeks

Road Training: 5 to 6 weeks

Student to Truck Ratio: 4 to 8 students to 1 truck

Required OTR Miles: 10,000 miles

CDL Training Offered:

  • Class A

Training Equipment:

  • Tractor-Trailers

Job Placement Assistance: Yes

Award: Certificate of Completion

Admission Requirements: 

  • You must be at least 21.5 years old to apply.
  • You must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • You must possess an original Social Security card, not a copy.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or legally be allowed to work in the United States (Green Card).
  • You must have no current parole, probation status, or warrant for your arrest.
  • Any felony convictions on your criminal record must be older than 10 years.
  • Any DUI/DWI, reckless driving, or careless/neglect driving offenses must be older than 5 years.
  • You must have a clean motor vehicle report for the last 3 years.
  • You must not have a suspended driver’s license.
  • You must have a good verifiable employment record going back the past 3 years.
  • You must pass a DOT medical exam and a DOT drug and alcohol test.
  • You must be able to read, write, and speak the English language according to federal regulation.
  • You must graduate from the truck driving training program and obtain your CDL in order to be hired.
  • You must work as a full-time driver for Celadon for at least 1 year to pay back your tuition.
  • $50 will be deducted from your weekly paycheck for 1 year in order to pay for your tuition.
  • You must drive in a 2-person team for at least 120,000 miles before going solo.
  • You must be physically and mentally able to do your job in a complete and competent manner.
  • You must be physically and mentally able to stay away from home for 7 to 14 days at a time.

Classroom Instruction:

  • Orientation
  • Hours of Service
  • Map Reading
  • Trip Planning
  • Cargo Handling
  • Documentation
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Weight Scales & Staying Legal
  • Emergency Protocol
  • Defensive Driving
  • DOT Rules & Regulations
  • Hazardous Materials Regulations
  • Communication Systems
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Mechanical Knowledge
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Post-Trip Inspection
  • Vehicle and Control Systems
  • Air Brake System
  • Fuel & Electrical Systems
  • CDL Test Preparation
  • Safety
  • Employment Skills
  • Job Preparation

Skills Training:

  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • In-Cab Inspection
  • In-Transit Inspection
  • Post-Trip Inspection
  • Weight Balance
  • Sliding Tandem Axles & Fifth Wheel
  • Mirrors
  • Seat Adjustment
  • Shifting
  • Double Clutching
  • Proper Braking
  • Skid Control
  • Rollover Prevention
  • Safe Backing Procedures
  • Straight Line Backing
  • Backing Left
  • Backing Right
  • Site Side Parallel Parking
  • Blind Side Parallel Parking
  • Serpentine Maneuvers
  • Alley Docking
  • Coupling
  • Uncoupling
  • CDL Skills Test Prep

Road Training:

  • Observation
  • Driver Safety
  • Motion
  • Safe Stopping
  • Shifting
  • RPM & Speed Control
  • Double Clutching
  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • Braking
  • Inclines
  • Downgrades
  • Driving Under Overpasses
  • Driving Through Tunnels
  • Driving on Bridges
  • On Ramps & Off Ramps
  • Making Lane Changes
  • Cornering
  • Railroad Crossings
  • Driving on Rural Roads
  • Driving on City Streets
  • Driving on Freeways
  • Driving at Night
  • Road Skills Test Prep
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