Commercial Truck Driving (CTD)


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Program Guide


The Dream

Have you ever dreamed of driving a big rig?  Wondered, what it would be like to span the entire country in less than a week, and then wake up the next day and do it all over again?  Then Salina Tech’s Commercial Truck Driving program is the perfect place to start!

Over the Road truck driving is a lifestyle, not a job.  Many drivers can be away from home for weeks at a time, while others choose to drive close to home and never miss a day away.  And the best part is, you get paid to do it! Whether you are staying in Kansas or seeing America the Beautiful, your dream is our passion!

Salina Tech’s Commercial Truck Driving program is a broad curriculum that blends classroom instruction with over the road driving education.  Our team of experienced instructors are here to prepare you for a future in truck driving.  From preparation and pre-inspection, to vehicle systems and hazard awareness, the program will teach you everything you need to know to safely operate a big rig for years down the road.  

 About The Program

This 8-week program is a comprehensive program that meets from 8:00 to 4:00, Monday – Friday (Some night driving will occur during the driving section of the program).  The program consists of approximately 336 hours of instruction.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Certificate of Completion from Salina Tech.  In addition, during the final week of the program, students will also be given the opportunity to take the CDL driving examination through the Saline County office of the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to receive their Class A CDL license.  Licensure is not guaranteed.  Students will be expected to spend additional time outside of classroom instruction to increase their pass rate.  If the student does not pass the driver’s examination on the first attempt, they may rent the truck and trailer for an additional fee outside of the program’s completion date. 

CDL Written Exam Test Prep

All students are required to obtain a valid CDL Learner’s permit before the driving section of the program.  A CDL Written Exam test prep will take place the first week of the 8-week program.  Students will learn everything they need to know to pass the written CDL exam.  Students may schedule a time to take the written exam at any time before the driving section of the course begins.  The Saline County DMV office in Salina will proctor tests and issue Learner’s permits. 

Program Cost

Included: The cost for the CDL Truck Driving Program is $3,311.  This includes approximately 336 hours of training, institutional fees, and the program textbook. 

Not Included: The student will be required to obtain certain items that are not included in the program cost.  Before the program begins, students are required to have and provide a valid driver’s license, DOT Medical Card (approx. $100), and a Motor Vehicle Driving Record ($9). Before or during the program, students are required to obtain a CDL Learner’s permit ($13, after written test) and the CDL Class A license ($70, after drive test).

Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.




Program Outcomes - click here to view program requirements

1. Students will develop the knowledge required for the basic operation of a CMV.
2. Students will cutlivate safe operating practices through basic operation of a CMV.
3.  Develop necessary knowledge for advanced operating practices.
4. Intrepret vehicle systems and malfunctions.
5.  Students will summarize various non-vehicle activities necessary to successful CMV operations.





Course Learning Outcomes (Competencies)

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

1.1  Interpret control systems 
1.2 Perform vehicle systems 
1.3 Exercise basic controls 
1.4 Execute shifting 
1.5  Back and dock of a CMV 
1.6  Execute the coupling of a tractor trailer 
1.7  Execute the uncoupling of a tractor trailer 
2.1  Perform visual search 
2.2  Employ proper management and adjustment to vehicle speed 
2.3  Employ proper management and adjustment to vehicle speed relation 
3.1  Identify potential driving hazards 
3.2  Perform emergency maneuvers to avoid hazards 
3.3  Adapt to difficult and extreme driving conditions 
4.1  Analyze vehicle systems and components 
4.2  Assess malfunctions 
5.1  Illustrate knowledge in handling and documenting cargo 
5.2  Demonstrate understanding of accident scenes and reporting procedures 
5.3  Handle environmental issues appropriately 
5.4  Organize trips for most efficient outcomes 
5.5  Utilize effective communications 
5.6  Outline proper management of personal resources while on the road 
5.7  Observe Hour of Service requirements through proper record keeping 

Application Process

Are you ready to get started on a lifelong journey?  Then apply today!  The application process is detailed below. Students must be 18 years of age (21 years of age to cross state lines).  Students between the ages of 18 and 21 may drive within the State of Kansas until they reach the age of 21.  All checklist items must be received before admittance into the program.  Please submit all needed documentation to Salina Tech’s Student Services office.

Step 1: Complete the Online Application.

Step 2: Complete the TB Questionnaire (link to online form will be emailed to you after submitting the application).

Step 3: Provide Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR - See Driving Record standards for criteria).

Step 4: Provide valid Driver's License (must be valid during entire 8-week program).

Step 5: Obtain DOT Medical Card (must be from a DOT-approved physician, see below).

 MVR Driving Record

Certain violations while operating a motor vehicle may disqualify you for a period of time up to and including disqualification for life.  Below is information regarding these violations which was taken directly from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website regarding obtaining a commercial driver’s license.  Students are required to have read and understood the FMCSA’s guidelines for acquiring their CDL license.  If any discrepancy between the below guidelines and the FMCSA guidelines exist, the FMCSA guidelines shall take precedence. 


Using a CMV or non CMV in the commission of a felony involving manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing a controlled substance will result in a disqualification for life, without the possibility of reinstatement.

Disqualification for Major Offenses(see explanation of major violations below)

The first violation for a major violation, in a CMV or a non-CMV, results in a 1-year disqualification or a 3-year disqualification if transporting hazardous materials required to be placarded. The second violation for a major violation, in a CMV or a non-CMV, results in a lifetime disqualification. The driver may be eligible for reinstatement under certain conditions after 10 years.

Disqualification for Serious Traffic Violations (see explanation of serious violations below)

The first violation for a serious violation does not result in a disqualification. A second serious violation within 3 years, results in a 60-day disqualification, and a third serious violation within 3 years, results in a 120-day disqualification. Serious disqualifications must be served consecutively. All serious violations in a CMV are included. Serious violations in a non-CMV must not be included, unless it results in the revocation, cancellation, or suspension of the CDL holder's license or non-CMV driving privileges.

Major Violations While Operating a Motor Vehicle
  • Being under the influence of alcohol as prescribed by State law.
  • Being under the influence of a controlled substance.
  • Having an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater while operating a CMV.
  • Refusing to take an alcohol test as required by a State or jurisdiction under its implied consent laws or regulations.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Using the vehicle to commit a felony other than a felony described in the last bullet of this table.
  • Driving a CMV when, as a result of prior violations committed operating a CMV, the driver's CDL is revoked, suspended, or cancelled, or the driver is disqualified from operating a CMV.
  • Causing a fatality through the negligent operation of a CMV, including but not limited to the crimes of motor vehicle manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle and negligent homicide.
  • Using the vehicle in the commission of a felony involving manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing a controlled substance
Serious Violations While Operating a Motor Vehicle
  • Speeding excessively, involving any speed of 24.1 kmph (15 mph) or more above the posted speed limit.
  • Driving recklessly, as defined by State or local law or regulation, including but, not limited to, offenses of driving a motor vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
  • Making improper or erratic traffic lane changes.
  • Following the vehicle ahead too closely.
  • Violating State or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) arising in connection with a fatal accident.
  • Driving a CMV without obtaining a CDL.
  • Driving a CMV without a CDL in the driver's possession.
  • Driving a CMV without the proper class of CDL and/or endorsements for the specific vehicle group being operated or for the passengers or type of cargo being transported.

An MVR can be viewed and securely purchased online at  The fee for purchasing a driving record online is $8.70.  You can also go to any Kansas Driver's License Exam station and show your current driver's license for identification and make a $10 payment by check or money order payable to "Driver Solutions".

DOT Medical Card - Physical Examination

Students are required to obtain a Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical card before acceptance into the program.  Only a DOT approved physician is qualified to give the medical examination.  The medical examination will review health history, vision, hearing, blood pressure, physical, and include a drug test.  Potential students who fail or do not qualify for the DOT medical card will not be allowed into the program and will not be refunded any fees paid to the physician.  Below is link to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that details all aspects of the medical exam.

The following link will provide you with DOT approved physicians in your area.  You may choose a doctor of your choice, from this registry.



Program Length

8 weeks

(Students also have the option of extending their training through a series of online courses to earn endorsements on their license for transporting passengers, double and triple trailers, tanker vehicles and hazardous materials. 


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Program Start/End Dates

  • October 22, 2018 - December 19, 2018
  • January 14, 2019 - March 8, 2019
  • March 18, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Program Cost


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