Northwest Technical Institute
709 S. Old Missouri Road
Springdale, AR 72764

Northwest Technical Institute Reviews

Program: Commercial Driver’s License Training

Day Class: 3 weeks

Training Hours: 200

Evening Class: 6 weeks

Training Hours: 200

CDL Training Offered:

  • Class A
  • Class B
  • Hazmat Endorsement
  • Tank Endorsement
  • Doubles & Triples Endorsement
  • Passenger Bus Endorsement
  • School Bus Endorsement

Classroom Instruction:

  • DOT Physical & drug screening
  • Commercial motor vehicle operation
  • Handling techniques and characteristics
  • Familiarization with nighttime driving
  • Road  & weather conditions
  • High mountain driving
  • Understanding principles and proper use of air brakes
  • Recognizing effects of rearward amplification
  • Anticipating, preventing, or correcting skids
  • Hazmat transport rules and regulations
  • Health & wellness awareness issues that impact CDL drivers
  • Inspecting truck/trailer

Skills Training:

  • Placing vehicles in motion
  • Motor, clutch, transmission, brakes, steering & mirrors
  • Coupling/Uncoupling
  • Re-positioning trailer axles & fifth wheel
  • Basic control skills
  • Straight line backing & offset backing
  • Parallel parking
  • Angle backing
  • Operating a tractor-trailer in traffic  
  • Safe following distance
  • Turns, lane changes & intersections
  • Speed & space management
  • Defensive driving
  • Operating in light, moderate & heavy traffic conditions
  • Adapting to conditions

Training Equipment:

  • Tractor-Trailer
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Passenger Bus
  • School Bus

Job Placement Assistance: Yes

Award: Certificate of Completion

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