CDL Program

The CDL Program at the Nebraska Safety Center provides:

Commercial Driver's License Basic Knowledge Course

The CDL Basic Knowledge Course is available in two formats.  Students may choose the classroom instruction or enroll in the online course. Both classes are instructor led.

The cost for either course is $150.00 per person.

This is a 15 hour course that will help prepare the student meet the requirements for completing the basic CDL written tests.  The tests are only available at the DMV and are required to receive a commercial learners permit.

Areas covered include:

  • General Knowledge
  • Pre-trip Inspections
  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicles

Special arrangements can be made for groups of six or more to have the classes at a different site or time.


To register for the either online or classroom courses click here.

To register for individual courses, contact us at 308-865-8755. For any additional information, contact:

Nebraska Safety Center
Office Phone: (308) 865-8755
Email: barthmj@unk.edu

Nebraska Safety Center
University of Nebraska at Kearney
West Center, 227E
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: (308) 865-8755

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.
Individuals needing accommodation under ADA should contact the ADA Coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Kearney at (308) 865-8888
or the Nebraska Safety Center at (308) 865-8256

Students with Disabilities or Students Who are Pregnant

Check Re-presentment Policy: In the event that your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, we may re-present your check electronically. In the ordinary course of business, your check will not be provided to you with your bank statement, but a copy can be retrieved by contacting your financial institution.

CDL Third Party Testing Services

If you have passed your CDL written knowledge tests and need to take your brake, skills, and driving tests to complete the requirements to get your CDL, the Nebraska Safety Center can assist you.

As a Third Party Test site we can administer the brake, skills, and driving tests without the long waits that you may encounter at a DMV office. We offer convenient test times between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Saturday and after hours times may be available by special appointment. We now have vehicles that can be used to take Class A, B, or C CDL tests, and have a vehicle that can be used to take your passenger endorsement test or school bus tests in.

If you do not have a representative vehicle for the class of CDL you are applying for, you can make arrangements to use a Nebraska Safety Center vehicle.

The cost for administering the tests if you furnish your own vehicle is $175.
The cost for administering the tests and using a Nebraska Safety Center vehicle is $275
.

There is a $50 retest fee if any of the tests are failed.

Note: The Nebraska DMV requires that a CDL applicant to register with a Third Party Test site a minimum of 24 hours prior to when they wish to drive.

For more information on what tests are available with 3rd Party Testing contact: Marshall Barth at 308-865-8755

Students with Disabilities or Students Who are Pregnant

Professional Truck Driver Defensive Driving Courses

DDC program is the most comprehensive training of its type, giving professional truck drivers defensive driving techniques that help them avoid collisions, injuries and violations and teach personal responsibility for their driving decisions. PT D-DDC offers the most up-to-date training for different industries and classes of vehicles and conforms to all current US DOT standards based on The Large Truck Crash Causation Study announced by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This program can be easily modified to address any company’s specific equipment, driver issues and policies.

Throughout the 6 hour course, participants learn how to recognize both potential and immediate hazards, how to avoid collisions in a variety of driving conditions, and how to choose safe and legal driving behaviors. The course addresses multiple defensive driving concepts and strategies. Participants are engaged through group activities, discussions and self-awareness oriented instruments that relate to their driving behaviors. Content covers:

  • How driver fatigue/stress affects operating a large truck
  • Proper vehicle maintenance and inspection
  • Steps for completing a Moral Responsibility Checklist
  • How to deal with changing driving condition and hazards
  • Identify physical/mental driver conditions that affect driving performance
  • Identifying blind spots, safe following/stopping distances, lane management and backing safely
  • Explain and demonstrate the three-step DDC Collision Prevention Formula
  • This training qualifies for Nebraska Worker Training Program Grants.
  • Fleet pricing available and other dates available.

For information, please contact DeAnn Keith.

If you would like more information on the Professional Truck Driver Defensive Driving Course, please contact:

Nebraska Safety Center
University of Nebraska at Kearney
West Center, 227E
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: (308) 865-8755 or (800) 854-7867

Students with Disabilities or Students Who are Pregnant

Professional Truck Driver Training

The Nebraska Safety Center, part of the College of Business & Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney offers a Professional Truck Driver Training Course. The Nebraska Safety Center's Professional Truck Driver Training Program meets the requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations (FMCSR) for Entry-Level Driver Training in accordance with 49 CFR 380.503

The curriculum that the Nebraska Safety Center uses also meets the three sets of standards that the Professional Truck Drivers Institute (PTDT) established: skill standards; curriculum standards and guidelines; and standards and requirements for course certification.

As an over-the-road (long-distance) truck driver, you are a professional driver who delivers goods between locations hundreds, or even thousands, of miles apart. If you are a local truck driver, you move goods from terminals and warehouses to factories, stores and homes in the area. As a skilled driver, you maneuver trucks into tight parking spaces, through narrow alleys and up to loading platforms.

Although we cannot guarantee a job, many employers have shown a great deal of interest in finding and hiring Nebraska Safety Center well-qualified graduates.

Generally, as a graduate of the program who is age 21 or older, you can find employment with over-the-road companies such as large chain food stores, manufacturing plants and trucking companies (common or contract carriers or private motor carriers). If you are under age 21, you can obtain employment driving intrastate routes.

Program Description

Cost of the Program is $2800.00.

Check Re-presentment Policy: In the event that your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, we may re-present your check electronically. In the ordinary course of business, your check will not be provided to you with your bank statement, but a copy can be retrieved by contacting your financial institution.

Click here to register or get more information or call Marshall Barth at 308-865-8755

The curriculum focuses on developing backing and driving skills through classroom, lab and roadway experiences.

  • Classroom and Labs: 108 hours minimum
  • Behind-the-Wheel Driving: (Per Student) 60 hours minimum

Range and Skill Work

  • Road Time With and Without Instructor
  • Driving Range Exercises (backing, turning, etc.)
  • City Driving/Highway Driving
  • Defensive Driving
  • Pre-Trip Inspection

(Syllabus of this course)

Entrance Requirements

  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
  • Must be at least 18 years of age*
  • Safe Driving Record
  • No drug or alcohol related offenses in last five years
  • No felony convictions
  • Must be physically qualified under Department of Transportation regulations. Physician to complete a D.O.T. form
  • Must submit to a drug screen
  • Citizen of the United States or legal resident alien
  • Able to read, write, and speak the English language fluently enough to converse with public, able to understand highway traffic signs and signals, to respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records

*Federal law requires drivers to be at least 21 years of age to cross a state line.

Other Requirements

Accidents: A student cannot have a major chargeable accident on file in the three (3) years prior to their entry date into training. A review of an accident report will be necessary.

Offense: A student is allowed two (2) moving offenses during the three (3) years prior to their entry date. Student may not have any careless or reckless driving convictions.

For more information about this class, contact:

Nebraska Safety Center
University of Nebraska at Kearney
West Center, 227E
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: (308) 865-8755 or (800) 854-7867

The Nebraska Safety Center is a member of
National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools
National Safety Council

Students with Disabilities or Students Who are Pregnant

Driving Practice

The Nebraska Safety Center offers driving practice to anyone who feels that they may need extra one-on-one time with a driving instructor. The pricing for the drive time is as follows:

The cost for the driving practice if you furnish your own vehicle is $50/hour.
The cost for the driving practice if you use a Nebraska Safety Center vehicle is $75/hour
.