Katlaw Truck Driving School Programs
Katlaw Truck Driving School offers several programs that lead to a Class A Tractor Trailer License, Class B Straight Truck License and National Safety Council training, which can reduce your insurance costs up to 10%. A Class A CDL is necessary for the operation of tractor trailers or any truck or trailer with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more. The difference between a Class A and Class B commercial driver’s license is a Class B CDL allows the driver to operate any heavy straight vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds, as well as any vehicle towing another vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Class A Tractor Trailer Training
3-4 Week Program / 160 Hours
Consists of one week of classroom training to prepare students for the required written exams required to obtain a Class A permit, and two weeks of range and road training to prepare students for the 3 part state road test.
Weekend Program / 160 Hours
For those individuals that can only attend weekend classes, this is the same curriculum as our 3 week program but conducted over eight weekends (16 days of training).
Refresher Program / 70 Hours
For those individuals that have a Class A license but haven’t driven in a while, this is a pre-employment requirement for many carriers. This can usually be completed in 7 days.
Class B Straight Truck Training
Consists of three days of classroom to prepare students for the required written exams required to obtain a Class B permit, and four days of range and road training to prepare students for the 3 part state road test. This can usually be completed in 7 days.
National Safety Council Training
This 6 hour defensive driving course for the professional truck driver can be conducted at your site or our site.
Katlaw Truck Driving School’s classroom training prepares students for the appropriate Georgia permit test. You will receive federally mandated entry level driver training, learn about current hours of service regulations, and how to properly fill out and maintain a logbook. We cover the CSA 2010 program and many other safety and driving related topics.
Katlaw teaches the various endorsements that are necessary for most commercial drivers. The permit test includes: General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, Hazardous Materials, Doubles & Triples, Tank, and Passenger. Katlaw students have the opportunity to learn all the necessary skills needed to be a successful professional truck driver. It takes effort and commitment but can be done in as little as a few weeks.
Field training helps prepare you for your Georgia CDL tests and takes place on our 4 acre lot using industry standard equipment. There are three parts to a CDL test: vehicle inspection (pre-trip), basic control skills (backing), and the road test. Your dedication as a student and our knowledgeable instructors, who have millions of miles of experience, make it possible for you to take the test with the confidence that you are safe and prepared.
During field training you’ll learn all the basic skills needed as a professional driver. You’ll learn to properly pre-trip your vehicle, in-transit and post trip inspections, how to properly couple and uncouple your trailer, and various backing techniques from straight line backing to sight side and blind side parallel parking, as well as alley docks.
Katlaw has a new training surface! Learn to drive a big rig on our 4 acres of training area.
Your road training at Katlaw exposes you to the variety of driving environments you will encounter as a professional truck driver from country roads to highway and city driving. You will learn the proper techniques for straight driving and how to properly execute left and right hand turns. You will learn and practice speed management and proper braking under normal and emergency conditions, as well as how to manage the space around your vehicle. You’ll learn the procedures for railroad crossings, bridges and underpasses, and how to properly upshift, downshift, and double-clutch a big rig. Our seasoned professional instructors will ensure you have the skills and confidence required to pass the Georgia state road test and to be successful in your new career as a professional trucker.
All CDL Testing in Georgia is conducted by the Georgia Department of Driver Services. The CDL Test consists of three parts: Pre-Trip Inspection, Skills Test (backing), and the road driving test. Katlaw students complete the state road test in our vehicles, the same vehicles they are trained in. As a graduate of Katlaw, you are licensed and ready for immediate employment.