Trucks keep America moving and those trucks require certified drivers to haul the loads. Obtaining your Commercial Driver License (CDL-class A) is a great investment.  A national shortage of drivers means many local and national career positions are available.  The one semester program based at our Littleton Academic Center includes classroom instruction, vehicle operation, driver simulation, industry simulation, and career exploration.  Preparing to ride the open road is a four-month process start to finish!

Prepare to be a Pro

Take advantage of the national shortage of commercial drivers and obtain a Commercial Driver License. The Commercial Driver Training program prepares students for local and national career positions. Instructional methods include classroom, vehicle driving simulation, vehicle operation, industry presentations, and career exploration. This one semester certificate can have you riding the open road within four months!

Training topics include trip planning, maintaining daily logs, DOT regulations, accident reports, pre-trip evaluation, air brake fundamentals, vehicle maneuvers, and safe operation of loaded and unloaded vehicles in a variety of traffic and weather conditions.

Program Requirements

Applicants to this program 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 GED (HiSet). Participants must also pass the DOT physical exam, pass a standard pre-employment drug test and submit copies of their driving record.

While program participants are eligible for financial aid, unemployed people can frequently access training money from a variety of private and public sources.  Interested individuals should contact their local N.H. Employment Security Office.

Program available in Littleton.

First Semester

CDT120WCommercial Driver Training92116
 Total for Certificate  16

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Safely maintain vehicle air brakes and conduct routine pre-trip vehicle safety inspections.
  • Demonstrate skill in:
    a. Trailer coupling and uncoupling;
    b. Shifting, turning, and double-clutching;
    c. Backing up, parking, and alley docking;
    d. Hazard perception; and
    e. Open-road vehicle maneuvers.
  • Master the complete range of driver competencies, including:
    a. Trip planning;
    b. Maintaining daily logs;
    c. Handling cargo;
    d. Cargo documentation;
    e. Employer relations; and
    f. Public relations.
  • Become a safe, professional, comfortable, confident, law-abiding driver.
  • Obtain a NH state commercial driver’s license.

16 Credits Required


of students qualify for financial aid