CDL-195: Commercial Driver License (CDL) Independent Study

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Business & Economics
Commercial Drivers License
Academic Level
Course Subject
Commercial Driver License
Course Number
Course Title
Commercial Driver License (CDL) Independent Study
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
CDL-177, CDL-178, CDL-179, CDL-190
Catalog Course Description

Provides field experience operating a tractor-trailer in a closed-driving range where designated topic areas must be performed. This course emphasizes preparation for the Commercial Driver License examination; pre-trip vehicle inspection procedures, safe driving practices, basic vehicle control, on-road test, and post-trip vehicle inspection.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Pre-trip inspection
  2. Basic Vehicle Control
  3. On-road driving
  4. In-route inspection
  5. Post-trip inspection and report
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Perform a pre-trip inspection for vehicle safety
  • Demonstrate proper method to put vehicle in motion while operating on public highways and in city traffic
  • Perform accepted method to handle vehicle at highway speed and retain vehicle in proper
  • Demonstrate adequate amount of air pressure to bring the vehicle to a smooth, safe stop
  • Perform proper shifting gears for manual transmissions including basic method for shifting up, basic procedures for shifting down, shifting before starting down a hill, before entering a curve, multi-speed rear axles and auxiliary transmissions, automatic transmissions, and retarders.
  • Demonstrate successful maneuvering of vehicle on city streets, public highways and backward motion
  • Complete post-trip vehicle inspection and report

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed through tests, quizzes, in-class activities, and outside assignments.


Required courses materials on file in department office.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2017
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date