Admission

Admission to the Truck Driver Training Program

The OTC Transport Training Institute requires all applicants to successfully meet the following requirements before being admitted to the program.

  • Be at least 21 years old for interstate and at least 18 years old for intrastate
  • Hold a current driver's license
  • Have an acceptable driving record
  • Pass a Department of Transportation physical and drug screen
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Have a good work history
  • A positive drug test in your past does disqualify you from enrolling

During the initial contact with Transport Training Institute the student will be vetted out for employability in the transportation industry and then actual checks and histories will be processed to ensure employability.

Student Process

Missouri CDL Permit Independent Study Course

Introduction

This independent study course is comprised of 7 hours of self-study and culminates in a 1 hour group study session

Objectives/ Trainee use of information
Obtain a Class "A" permit or have Class "A" permit test score sheets prior to 1st day of the CDL training course
Prepares students to legally operate a Class "A" Combination Vehicle under supervision to obtain Behind the Wheel (BTW) time in the CDL training course

Frequent Evaluation Activities
Required Evaluation; students will take the three Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) required written tests, listed below, these exams are administered at any License Branch in the State of Missouri - Per MHP testing schedules

  • General knowledge exam, airbrakes exam, and combination vehicles exam.
  • These tests can be retaken until passed, up to two times a day.
  • Take all tests including optional endorsements if student chooses, at one time to ensure no extra charges are assessed when the CPL or CDL is purchased.
  • Testing will be completed at a Missouri Driver's License Branch (anywhere in the State of Missouri) approximately one week prior to the first day of the CDL training course.

Content/Materials

To obtain this permit, students must study material in the Missouri Commercial Driver's License Manual listed below to pass three written exams for a Class "A" Permit:

  1. General Knowledge, which covers information found in Part 1 Section 1: Introduction; Section 2: Driving Safely, and Section 3: Transporting Cargo
  2. Airbrakes, which covers information found in Part 2, Section 5 Airbrakes
  3. Combination Vehicles, which covers information found in Part 2, Section 6: Combination Vehicles a. A study guide entitled Missouri Commercial Driver's License Manual is available free of charge at any of the local Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles (License Bureaus).
    1. Online help is available for the CDL permit written tests (click CDL Practice Test or Trucker Country for practice test). Call the Transport Training Institute for more information at 417-447-6629.
      1. If student requests practice tests, students will be directed to above website and instructed to only take the free practice Class "A" CPL written examinations on this website.

ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR TTI CDL TRANINING COURSES Page 2 of 3 revised 10.25.12

Missouri CDL Permit Independent Study Course
 
Preparatory Instructions and Information

Course Time:

  • Independent Study: (approx. 7 hours)
  • Students will complete the following steps:
    1. Completed group study session with TTI Lead Instructor
    2. Obtain a Class "A" CPL (Commercial Permit License) or scores before the first day of the CDL training course. The cost to obtain this permit is $32.50. If accepted into the TTI program, this fee will be deducted from the cost of the course. If funded by third party, then student will still test prior to first day of class and obtain the written test scores only and they will be funded via TTI and obtain permit the first week of the course.
    3. Group study session is scheduled by the recruiter for all students either as seated class and/or conference call for a question and answer study session before first day of the CDL training course.
      1. Date and time will be set with instructor availability and scheduled by administrative personnel.
    4. First week of the CDL training course, the classroom instructor will make copies of the permit and/or permit scores (if student has not yet purchased permit).
      1. Students will then be allowed time to go over to License Branch on Boonville and Town Square at the State Building to purchase the permit within the first week.

A study guide entitled Missouri Commercial Driver's License Manual is available free of charge at the local Department of Motor Vehicles (License Bureau). Online help is available for the CDL permit written tests at  CDL Practice Test or Trucker Country. Call the Transport Training Institute for more information 417-447-6629 or cwd@otc.edu.

  • Apply for their Hazardous Materials endorsement during the first week of class. Students can go to the OTC Center for Workforce Development. From here, they will be allowed to log onto a computer and go to https://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov/Public/ to complete the TSA HazMat background check application process. The non-refundable fee to obtain this background check is $86.50, which will be deducted from the cost of the course.

Students must apply in person for admission to the TTI program at the Center for Workforce Development (CWD), 614 N Washington Ave,Springfield, MO 65806. The admission process is as follows:

  • Complete and submit the TTI application to a CWD  staff member along with the following documents: birth certificate or passport (current or expired), social security card, and current driver's license.
  • Submit a non-refundable payment in the amount of $115 for a DOT background check, drug test and physical. Once accepted into the TTI program, this fee will be deducted from the total cost of the course. Once paid, students will receive a voucher for their drug test and physical. Students will be given directions to a DOT-certified clinic and will present their vouchers to that clinic. TTI will inform students within 72 hours whether they have been successfully admitted to the program.
  • Once admitted, students must submit payment for the remaining balance of the course or provide documentation of alternative payment methods. This may be done over the phone or in-person at the Center for Workforce Development.

Registration and payment arrangements must be completed at least one week prior to the beginning of class. See class schedule here.

Staff in the Transport Training Institute recruiting department can answer questions you may have about our truck driver training program. Contact the office at  417-447-6629, 417-447-8901 or cwd@otc.edu.