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Commercial Driver Training

The industry is facing a shortage of more than 50,000 long-haul truck drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. As the economy grows, so will the demand for goods and the need for these long-haul carriers. In fact, the jobs in the trucking industry will grow by 11 percent from 2012 to 2022. 

Earning a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is the baseline for breaking into the trucking industry. While a CDL is needed to become a commercial truck driver, it also allows you to operate large passenger buses, flatbed trucks, and more based on the Class of license.  

The Commercial Driver Training course will teach you the skills you need to start a career as a commercial truck driver. You will learn about transporting cargo, operating commercial vehicles, and handling hazardous materials. You will also gain workplace preparedness soft skills, which increase your employability to prospect employers. When you finish this course, you will be prepared to sit for and pass your state’s Commercial Drivers’ License written exam. 

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Sinclair Community College

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Commercial Driver Training

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Course Code: GES795

What You Will Learn
  • Driving safety
  • Transporting cargo
  • Transporting passengers
  • Combination vehicles
  • Tank vehicles
  • Hazardous materials
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Complete self-study preparation to obtain a commercial driver’s license
  • Gain in-demand soft skills to improve your employability


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I. Commercial Driving 1: Semester 1
  A.   Pretest
  B.   Understanding Self-Esteem
  C.   Setting Goals
  D.   Learning Styles
  E.   Professional Uses of Technology 
  F.   Security in Technology
  G.   21st-Century Written Business Communication 
  H.   Time Management 
  I.   Stress Management 
  J.   Anger Management 
  K.   Conflict Resolution Strategies
  L.   Communication and Diversity 
  M.   Communication in the Workplace
  N.   Sexual Harassment Awareness 
  O.   Ethical Behavior
  P.   Commercial Driving 1: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
II. Commercial Driving 1: Semester 2
  A.   Pretest
  B.   Basics of Note-Taking
  C.   Reading Comprehension
  D.   Understanding and Improving Study Habits
  E.   Memory Techniques
  F.   Test-Tasking Skills
  G.   Effective Environments for Learning
  H.   Distractions and Deterrents to Educational Success
  I.   What is Motivation?
  J.   Self-Motivation
  K.   Trust and Motivation
  L.   Change as a Motivator
  M.   Embracing Change
  N.   Critical Thinking Basics
  O.   Problem Solving Model
  P.   Decision Making
  Q.   Improving Decision Making
  R.   Commercial Driving 1: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
III. Commercial Driving 2: Semester 1
  A.   Pretest
  B.   Communication Overview
  C.   Verbal Communication
  D.   Verbal Business Communication
  E.   Written Communication
  F.   Written Business Communication
  G.   Nonverbal Communication
  H.   Communication Styles and Interpersonal Communication
  I.   Effective Communication
  J.   Active Listening
  K.   Assertive vs. Aggressive Communication
  L.   Communicating in Difficult Situations
  M.   Difficult Behaviors in the Workplace
  N.   Negativity and Power Struggles at Work
  O.   Working with Procrastinators and Untrustworthy People
  P.   Communicating by Telephone
  Q.   Networking for Success
  R.   Commercial Driving 2: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
IV. Commercial Driving 2: Semester 2
  A.   Pretest
  B.   What is Stress?
  C.   Signs and Symptoms of Stress
  D.   Sources of Stress
  E.   Techniques for Managing Stress
  F.   Anxiety and Stress
  G.   Mindset and Stress 
  H.   Stress and Values Clarification 
  I.   Stress at Work
  J.   Emotional Intelligence (EI)
  K.   Emotional Intelligence Skills
  L.   Understanding Anger
  M.   Anger Cycle
  N.   Anger Management
  O.   Conflict Basics
  P.   Conflict Resolution
  Q.   Addressing Violent Situations
  R.   Commercial Driving 2: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
V. Commercial Driving 3: Semester 1
  A.   Pretest
  B.   Budgeting
  C.   Saving
  D.   Credit
  E.   Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  F.   Personal Wellness
  G.   Self-Awareness
  H.   Positive Self-Talk
  I.   Accountability
  J.   Self-Management
  K.   Tips and Tricks for Smooth Living
  L.   Crisis Management
  M.   Using Critical Thinking in Work and Life
  N.   Lifelong Learning
  O.   Balancing Work and Life
  P.   Pros and Cons of Social Media
  Q.   Basic Professionalism
  R.   Commercial Driving 3: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
VI. Commercial Driving 3: Semester 2
  A.   Pretest
  B.   Introduction to Time Management
  C.   Time Management Types and Styles
  D.   Procrastination
  E.   Time Management Antagonists
  F.   Time Management Strategies
  G.   Personal Productivity
  H.   Handling Information Overload
  I.   Setting Priorities
  J.   Diversity in the Workplace
  K.   Tolerance and Respect
  L.   Respect and Employment
  M.   Becoming the Go-To Person
  N.   Advancing in a Job
  O.   Cooperation and Compromise
  P.   Influencing and Persuading
  Q.   Giving and Receiving Feedback and Criticism
  R.   Commercial Driving 3: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
VII. Commercial Driving 4: Semester 1
  A.   First Aid
  B.   First Aid: Guidelines and Precautions
  C.   First Aid: Physical Injuries and Emergencies
  D.   First Aid: Physiological Incidents and Emergencies
  E.   Bloodborne Pathogens
  F.   Medical Emergency Awareness
  G.   HIV/AIDS Awareness
  H.   Pretrip Air Brake Inspection
  I.   Knowing Your Route
  J.   Vehicle Operation
  K.   Blind Spots/Danger Zones and Mirrors
  L.   Backing and Turnabout Maneuvers
  M.   Inclement Weather and Adverse Conditions
  N.   Commercial Driving 4: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
VIII. Commercial Driving 4: Semester 2
  A.   Driving
  B.   On the Road
  C.   Road Awareness
  D.   Safety
  E.   Sharing the Road
  F.   Traffic Lanes
  G.   Turning
  H.   The Threat of Road Rage
  I.   Commercial Driving 4: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
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There are no prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course. 


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Speaker or headphones

Software Requirements:  

  • PC: Windows XP or later operating systems. 
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible. 
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader. 
  • Software is not included in the cost of enrollment. All software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. 



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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

No. However, you will be prepared for your state’s commercial driver’s license exam. 

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

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