Schools that provide courses to help drivers pass the CDL Class B test include the U.S. Truck Driving School, Interstate Truck Driving School and the Ferrari Driving School, as of March 2015. Several regional schools, such as GDA Training and All-State Career in Maryland, provide local classes.
Most Class B CDL training classes are designed for drivers who have little to no experience with commercial vehicles. A full training program is usually 40 hours or more, depending on the school. Most courses involve classroom education and practical experience in a simulator or a vehicle. Some schools, including Interstate Truck Driving School, include one or more road skills test in the price of the course.
Students start out in the classroom to learn about truck systems, operations and the laws that govern Class B commercial vehicles. The practical component focuses on driving skills, including parking, backing up and connecting to loading docks. All courses teach drivers how to use the air brake, a skill that is tested on all Class B CDL road tests.
Most Class B courses take place over one week. The registration requirements vary between schools. The U.S. Truck Driving School requires students to obtain a Class B Instruction Permit before class begins.