Proteus, Inc

Truck Driving Course

TD – 514                   TRUCK DRIVING

Location:                   Visalia, CA

Hours/Length:          240 Clock Hours/6 Weeks

Daily Schedule:       Mon – Fri; 7 – 3:30pm

Pre-requisites:          Must have High School Diploma or Equivalent or must pass an approved Ability to Benefit test.

  • Must be able to read, write and comprehend English.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have a good driving record and provide a current DMV H6 printout.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for at least one year and possess a California DL card.
  • Must have a social security card (cannot be laminated)
  • Must be able to show proof of U.S citizenship, lawful permanent residency or legal presence and proof of CA residency.
  • Must pass a Department of Transportation physical exam & a drug test.

Driving & Criminal record requirements:

  • No more than (2) points in the past (3) years.
  • No DUI/DWI or reckless driving conviction in the past (5) years.
  • No more than (1) at fault accident in the past (24) months.
  • No license suspensions within the last (24) months.
  • No felony convictions in the past five (5) years.

For prospective students with any of the above violations or with a criminal record, their case will be subject to review and they may be required to provide a letter of intent to hire from a prospective employer.  Depending on the driving history, admissions to the program may be denied. 


A licensure exam will be taken after completion of training.


This program prepares students to work in the transportation industry by gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the state and federal tests required to become a licensed California Class A truck and trailer driver. Students will meet all standards as laidout by the rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation pertaining to truck driving. Students will learn to read and interpret control systems, vehicle inspections, exercise basic control, execute shifting, back and dock tractor trailer, couple and uncouple tractor trailers, manage and adjust vehicle speed and space relations, diagnose and report malfunctions, identify potential driving hazards and able to perform emergency maneuvers,identify adverse driving conditions, handle and document cargo, accident and reporting procedures, trip planning, hours of service training, manage personal resources and dealing with life on the road.  The program includes forklift certification training. 

California Commercial License Requirements:in the California Commercial Driver Handbook 2017-2018: Must be 18 years of age.must be carried to validate the CLP. May drive for hire within California if you are21 years old to drive a commercial vehicle engaged in interstate commerce or to transport Applicants must Provide the Following Items:

  • Application (DL 44C) form. Signing this form means you agree to submit to a chemical test to determine the alcohol or drug content of your blood.  If you refuse to sign this form, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not issue or renew your DL.
  • Your true full name
  • An Approved Medical Examination Report Form (MER). A valid (original or copy) federal MER MCSA-5875 form and Medical Examiner's Certificate Form, (MEC) MCSA-5876, completed by a United States (U.S.) licensed doctor of osteropathy (D.O.), licensed physician's assistant (P.A.), registered advanced practice nurse (APN), or licensed doctor of chiropractic when you apply for a DL or learner's permit.  Interstate commercial drivers must have their medical examination performed by a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medcial Examiners.  A list of certified medical examiners may be found on the National Registry website at  Medical examiners will provide CMV drivers a federal MEC.  Drivers may be giving a citation for driving out of class if their medical certificate expires and may also be removed from their vehical by a law enforcement officer.
  • An Acceptable Birth Date/Legal Presence (BD/LP) Document.  All applicants for an original CLP/CDL must submit proof of legal under presence in the U.S. as authorized federal law. If the name on your BD/LP document is different from the name on your CDL application, you must also bring in an acceptable true full name document. Your true full name, as shown on your BD/LP document will appear on your CDL/CDL.   Important:  Effective May 10, 2017, pursuant to federal regulations, CLP/CDL applicatns and CDL holders renewing, upgrading, or transferring his/her CDL will be required to submit proof of citizenship and residency (domicile).  For more information concerning these new requirements, visit or call 1-800-777-0133.
  • Your Social Security Card (cannot be laminated), Medicare card, or U.S. Armed Forces active, retired, reserve ID or DD2 form for an original CDL. The document must contain your name and social security number (SSN)  Your SSN will be verified with the Security Administration while you are in the office.
  • The Applicable Fee.  This fee is good for 12 months from the application date.  Must take and pass vision, knowledge test(s), and performance (pre-trip, skills, and driving, if required) tests to get your original CDL and/or endorsements. You are allowed 3 attempts to pass the knowledge test(s) and a total of 3 attempts to pass the entire skills test on a single application. If you fail any segment of the skills tests (vehicle inspection, basic control skills, or road test), it will count as 1 failure towards the maximum 3 attempts you are allowed. Additional information can be obtained from the DMV website at

Drug Test Policy

The Truck Driving program requires all enrolled students to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test administered by an independent physician. A refusal to take a drug test will result in an automatic “positive” which can lead to termination from the program. Individuals who test positive may not continue with the program until they have successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program. When necessary, the school will provide students with a referral to available resources such as Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP) and treatment programs. All students who pass the drug screen will be entered into a random pool selection and at any time during their training can be selected to complete additional drug and alcohol tests. The cost of the initial drug test and random pool test are included in the price of the program If any additional drug tests are needed beyond this, it will be the responsibility of the student.

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  • Address:
    1830 N. Dinuba Blvd.
    Visalia, CA 93291
  • Toll Free: (888) 776-9998
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