CDL Academy Enrollment Packet
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REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE (CDL)
Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require that you must be 21 years old to drive commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. You must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial motor vehicle in intrastate commerce. You must successfully pass the written and driving portion of the CDL examination.
The Class A CDL Program; Costs and Additional Training:
The Commercial Driver’s License Training Program (CDL) is a combination of classroom, range and behind the wheel training.
The total cost of the CDL program is $6500, which must be either paid in full, guaranteed by a funding source, or have a payment plan agreement set in stone before beginning class. Students, whose fees are being paid by a third party, will not be subject to the prepayment of fees. Students, who are paying the tuition installments, must make the minimum down payment prior to the start of class. The cost of the CDL program includes all study aids and use of CDL Academy equipment. In addition, the student, upon the successful completion of the CDL course, will be allowed to use the school’s equipment to take the driving portion of the CDL examination conducted by the nearest Arkansas State Police office conducting the testing. In the event the student must retake the driving portion of the CDL test, a charge of $200.00 will be charged for the use of the school’s equipment, fuel and personnel.
For the Class A Program:
REQUIREMENTS FOR COURSE COMPLETION:
In order for the student to be considered as a “Graduate” of the Class A course and receive a Certificate of Completion, the following requirements must be met:
We have contacts with numerous Motor Freight Carriers who have expressed an interest in hiring our graduates. Several of them will have recruiters present during the training session and will be interviewing potential candidates for employment. Every effort will be made to assist you in obtaining employment commensurate with your license and endorsements. As a graduate of the CDL Academy Training Program, we will continue to provide you with assistance in finding employment as a professional truck driver.
DOWN-PAYMENTS ARE NON REFUNDABLE
IN THE EVENT THE STUDENT DROPS THE COURSE, ANY FINANCING CONTRACT IS
CONSIDERED PAYABLE UPON LEAVING THE CLASS, AND THE STUDENT WILL BE PRORATED AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO THE AMOUNT OF WEEKS THE STUDENT COMPLETED IN THE CLASS, MINUS THE $600 DOWN PAYMENT.
Every effort will be made by the school to resolve conflicts between the school and the students. The Director of the CDL Program is charged with the responsibility to ensure that each student is given every opportunity to successfully complete the requirements of the program.
IF YOU, AS A STUDENT, ARE UNABLE TO SETTLE A DISPUTE WITH THE TRUCK
DRIVER TRAINING SCHOOL, PLEASE DIRECT YOUR GRIEVANCES TO THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION AT 423 Main Street, Suite 400, Little Rock, AR 72201 OR VIA PHONE (501) 371-2000
RULES OF OPERATION AND CONDUCT:
A student or a prospective student may be dismissed or barred from class for tardiness, drunkenness or consumption of alcohol on the premises, rude, vulgar or disruptive behavior in the classroom, or being inattentive during class. Inattentive includes sleeping, Reading other than class material, disturbing other class members, and talking on cell phones during class. Individuals dismissed from the course for violation of conduct rules may be readmitted at the discretion of the school administrator. Individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol: will be terminated from the program and barred from future attendance.
Students are required to dress appropriately for the activities of the day. Cutoff jeans, T-tops/muscle shirts and open toed shoes are not considered appropriate for wear. Students are required to be neat and clean.
ASSIGNMENT TO STARTING CLASS:
Based on your application and the payment of the required fees, you have been accepted into the CDL Training program at CDL Academy Your scheduled start date will be provided in a separate document. The class starts promptly at 8:00am until 4:00pm. Your tentative graduation date will be provided in a separate document. Failure to complete the course requirements will extend this date.
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THIS AGREEMENT CONSTITUTES THE ENTIRE CONTRACT BETWEEN CDL ACADEMY,
CDL TRAINING PROGRAM, AND THE STUDENT, AND ANY VERBAL ASSURANCES OR PROMISES NOT CONTAINED HEREIN SHALL BIND NEITHER THE SCHOOL NOR THE STUDENT.
I acknowledge that I have been furnished a copy of the school enrollment contract, a school catalog, a copy of the tuition schedule and information regarding refund policies, grading, and class attendance and grievance procedures. I further agree to abide by the Rules of Operation and Conduct cited above. I understand all deposits and/or payments given to cdl academy are non-refundable.
A copy is given to the student; the original is maintained by the school.
I, hereby acknowledge and accept the terms of this contract that has been presented to me on this day
I understand that the following actions may be grounds for immediate withdrawal from CDL Academy:
I will not have any item construed as being disruptive or nonessential to CDL Academy in plain view during instructional hours, unless deemed appropriate by the teacher.
I will turn my cell phone to OFF, VIBRATE or SILENT while in class and store my phone so that it is not in view of the teacher or other students.
I understand that I will not receive personal phone calls during school hours.
Campus Safety & Security
CDL Academy cannot and does not assume responsibility for any and all students’ personal property and items while on campus (e.g.: bikes, cars, backpacks, cell phones, MP3 players and other various personal electronic devices). Visitors are not allowed on campus without approval of administration. I will assist the CDL Academy staff in keeping the campus neat and clean by throwing trash in a garbage can. ANY DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY BY A STUDENT BECOMES THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THAT STUDENT and may be grounds for automatic withdrawal from CDL Academy’s classes.
CDL Academy recognizes the strong connection between attendance and academic success. Therefore, CDL Academy adheres to a strict attendance and tardy policy. Violations of the attendance/tardy policy will result in not receiving course credit. This attendance policy is signed on the first day.
I agree to follow the items discussed in this student contract and by association the items discussed in the document.
I understand that CDL Academy may revise policies as new laws and/or the need occurs. CDL Academy will notify me of any changes through its classroom announcements, website, or other printed material. Changes to portions of this contract will not invalidate this contract.
I understand that violation of any of the guidelines or rules specified in this contract can result in my immediate dismissal from CDL Academy.
Truck Driver Training Admission Requirements
After Registration in the truck driver training program students will be required to:
Tuition, Fees, and Books payable to CDL Academy
Tuition: $6,500 or $6,000 cash
Tuition $6,500 financed or $6,000 Cash. Tuition or a minimum down payment of $600 must be paid to CDL Academy before attending the first day of class, and all paperwork must be completed. The Truck Driver Training Program is set up on a first come first serve basis. Enrollment in class is guaranteed by prepaying tuition.
DRUG SCREEN: $75.00 (Included in Tuition)
A drug screen in accordance with the Department of Transportation requirements is required of all students AFTER entering CDL Academy Truck Driving class. Each student is charged a fee of $40.00 (paid to CDL Academy) for the drug screen. Any additional testing is the student’s responsibility.
D.O.T PHYSICAL: $140.00 (Included in Tuition)
Federal Motor Carriers requires that you have a D.O.T. physical. We will send you to obtain your DOT Physical within the first week of class.
Fuel Fee: $300.00 (included in Tuition)
Students will be given a manual upon entrance of class. If you have an Arkansas license, the CDL packet you purchase at the revenue office will contain a CDL Manual.
Other Fees (Not payable by CDL Academy):
Arkansas CDL PACKET: $50.00
CDL packets are obtained and paid for at any Arkansas State Revenue Office. Out-of-state students will be required to furnish a valid driver's license from their state of residence as well as an original birth certificate or U.S. passport to obtain an Arkansas CDL packet. You must purchase a CDL-1 Form (test packet) from the Department of Finance & Administration, Revenue Office. You will need a valid Arkansas Driver’s License and one (1) Proof of Legal Presence Document.
Act 922 requires the completion of a Human Trafficking Prevention Course for the issuance or renewal of a Class “A” CDL. This course will provide the education to complete this requirement. We will provide an instructional video and certificate of completion during your class time.
Retest Fees: If a student fails their final test, the second time there will be a Retest Fee of $200 to cover travel to the testing site, fuel and instructor. CDL LICENSE FEES: Will vary by state. The Class A Truck Driving program provides each student the opportunity to gain the knowledge and driving skills needed to obtain gainful employment in the truck driving field. The program provides training necessary to place a safe and competent student “On the road” with the knowledge and skills required to be a capable employee.
Length of the course: 160 hours the general objectives of the course are:
Course Content: Refer to Course Description Document.
Job Placement & Employment Opportunities:
Instructors and trucking companies stay in constant contact with each other as they review the graduating pool for each class. Recruiters from trucking companies come to our school to visit with students. Notices of job opportunities are filtered to instructors and then passed on to students.
Some Factors that can affect your job opportunities:
Grade Point Average & Attendance Requirements
The truck driving student must maintain an 80% grade point average (GPA) and attend a minimum of 160 hours of the 160 hours scheduled to satisfactorily complete the course. Students exceeding 20 hours of absence that haven’t been made up will be dropped from the course and will not be allowed to use school vehicles for CDL testing. If the GPA falls below 80%, the student is not authorized to use state vehicles to continue training or to use state vehicles as a driving unit while performing required road testing.
Drug & Alcohol Screening Requirements
CDL Academy has the responsibility of training people to meet the employment needs of business and industry and has a genuine concern for the integrity of all students enrolled. In accordance with the Department of Transportation requirements, the following drug/alcohol screening policy is in effect for all applicants accepted for enrollment in the CDL Academy Truck Driving Program.
Each applicant must furnish proof of Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) physical. Instructions regarding the drug and alcohol screening will be given at CDL Academy.
Obtaining CDL Permit
All Truck Driving students must obtain a CDL permit within the first week of class. Out of state students will be required to furnish a valid driver's license from their state of residence as well as an original birth certificate or U.S. passport to obtain an Arkansas CDL packet. CDL manuals are available upon request at the Arkansas State Police Headquarters.
Class A CDL Training Course
This course is a 4.5 week program, 160 hours total of range, classroom and over the road training.
It is recommended that you begin reading the cdl manual before class begins. Please bring pen, pencil and paper the first day of class. Contact 479-259-1806 for counseling regarding the truck driver training program.
Week One & Two: Training will be conducted in the classroom and on the range.
References: CDLM- SC Commercial Driver License Manual, Ver. 2.0
SM- Student Manual for Training tractor-trailer Drivers
FMCSR- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
A: Overview of the trucking industry -1 hour-classroom
B: Training in Hours of service requirements -6 hours-classroom
Ref: SM 5.3, FMCSR part 395, Log books
Students will complete log books each day. This will account for all hours of the day.
Must be signed by the instructor and the original will be maintained by the school. Students must keep the signed copy.
C: Training on material to pass the CDL written test -16 hours-classroom
D: Classroom training- vehicle controls and instruments -5 hours-classroom
Ref: CDLM 2.2, SM 1.2
Ref: CDLM 2.3
Ref: CDLM 2.15. SM 3.2-1
G: Introduction to the pre-trip inspection procedures. —10 hours- classroom/range
Ref: CDLM 10
WEEK Three: Range and classroom training
H: Commentary Driving. 1 hour classroom training
Ref: SM 3.1
Ref: CDLM 6.3, SM 1.7
K: Learning shifting and steering — Range/road training —8 hours Student drivers will use commentary to note all observed hazards, obstructions or other driver actions that interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle.
Ref: SM 1.8, 1.5
L: Classroom instruction -13 hours (classroom)
Ref: SM 4.1-57, CDLM 5.1
Ref: CDLM 3.1 to 3.4
Week Four: On the road, range and classroom training.
Student drivers will use commentary to note all observed hazards, obstructions or other driver actions that interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle. (Ref: SM 3.1) Students will be assigned to a driving instructor at the ratio of 4 students per instructor. Students will be observing the operation of the vehicle when not actually driving. The instructor will question the students on the proper operation of the vehicle, signs, lane marking, potential problem areas in traffic and other areas that will provide the observing students an opportunity to advance their skills.
REF: CDLM 12.1
Students will observe the operation of the commercial vehicle in the areas indicated above. The instructor will comment on areas that the students should pay special attention to as vehicle is operated.
A soft inquiry will be made on the potential student’s credit score to see if the student qualifies for a loan from one of our partners before given these options.
A $600 down payment is required for all loan plans and will count toward the total cost.
For students paying in lumpsums there will be a $6,000 payment made with no remaining balance. Any additional charges will be due upon the completion of course. The M.D.B. Foundation Scholarship of up to $500 may be applied to the remaining balance if said student completes the course with-in 60 days and qualifies for the program.
A $600 down payment is required for all payment plans and will count toward the total cost.
For students paying in lump sums there will be a $6,000 payment with no remaining balance less any scholarships being due upon the completion of course.
The M.D.B. Foundation Scholarship of up to $500 may be applied to the remaining balance if said student completes the course with-in 60 days and qualifies for the program.
Arkansas Dept. of Career Education – 479-755-3300 – 400 Rogers Ave., Suite C, Fort Smith, AR
Arkansas Workforce – WAPDD – 479-785-2651 – 616 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AR
Oklahoma Workforce – 918-647-5598 - 1507 S McKenna Rm 503, Poteau, OK 74953
Cherokee Nation – 918-776-0416 – 100 E. Choctaw Ave., Sallisaw, OK 74955
Restore Hope - 100 Families – 1800-358-6329 – 100 Main ST, Little Rock, AR 72201
We do not offer in house financing.
Financing available through various providers.
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Signed On: July 27, 2022
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