Commercial Driver Training
White Mountains Community College provides state-of-the-art simulation training for drivers of all commercial vehicles, including delivery vehicles, municipal trucks, snow plows, fire trucks, and both Class A and B vehicles. Our mobile training unit is self contained, which allows training to be delivered at worksites throughout the region. Simulation training can reduce accident rates, increase fuel mileage, and provide a safe environment for situational response and avoidance techniques. The combination of 140 transmissions (manual/automatic), 240 engines, 300 tire sizes and 33 axle ratios allows for training that matches specific client vehicle configurations and thus heightens training objectives. Links to MPRI driving simulation videos http://www.l-3training.com/applications/land
The college offers a variety of professional driver training courses that focus on both classroom work and in-the-vehicle training time. After over-the-road experience with professional, experienced instructors, plus lab and range time, participants master the complete range of driver competencies and become safe, comfortable, confident, law-abiding drivers.
Training topics include trip planning, maintaining daily logs, handling cargo, cargo documentation, employer relations and public relations. The courses cover written and practical tests, and the college can provide tutoring time in the Academic Support Center for those who may need extra help. Students who obtain their commercial licenses receive a certificate, assistance in job-seeking skills, and job placement information.
While the program participants are not eligible for financial aid, unemployed persons can frequently access training money available through Community Action programs or other funding programs that often provide liaisons or contact people in offices of New Hampshire Employment Security.
Requirements: Training applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver's license, have a clean driving record and possess a high school diploma or a GED. (Participants who have neither will be tested to determine reading, writing, and arithmetic grade levels. Eighth grade level is the minimum expectation.) Additionally, before participants can be accepted as driver trainees, the program director must review the prospective students' driver records and they must pass a physical exam and pass a standard pre-employment drug test.