Commercial Vehicle Driving

Workforce Certificate

Commercial Vehicle Driving

Vehicle operation, driving skills, trip planning and test preparation

The Commercial Vehicle Driving (CVD) Workforce Certificate (W.C.) program consists of four 80-hour courses totaling 320 hours. The first two-week course introduces students to the commercial driving industry. Students receive an overview to prepare for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) written examination required to obtain a Class A CMV Driver’s Permit. Subjects include combination vehicle operation and inspection, air brake component identification and an introduction to the various regulations governing commercial vehicle driving.

The second two-week course is a continuation of the first and includes instruction on vehicle design, inspection and preventative maintenance. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) Hours of Service, logbooks, map reading and trip planning are core elements of this two-week course. Students are also introduced to tractor-trailer operation through the use of a high-fidelity driving simulator.

Students then enter into a four-week block of instruction focused on fundamental and advanced driving skills, as well as vehicle inspection procedures. Students learn vehicle control skills including straight line and offset backing, parallel and alley docking. Students develop needed driving skills and vehicle control by means of urban, rural and expressway driving on public roadways throughout Northeast Florida. At the conclusion of the 320-hour program, a FDHSMV Third Party Tester tests students.

Upon successful completion of the FDHSMV test, students are eligible to receive their Class A Commercial Driver’s License.

Industry Associations

Program Code: 5100

320 Clock/Contact hours

School of Technology and Industry
Additional Costs

Approximately $208 for books, CLP permit and required pre-screen

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is not available.



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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

This program is designed for students who want to complete the program and become employed.

Career Opportunities

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

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