This course will prepare you to take the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) learner’s permit test for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), including passenger (P) and student (S) endorsements, Massachusetts school bus driver certificate and air brake certification. Participants will engage in classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations of a pre-trip safety inspection on a school bus, video presentations, and practice tests. Deadlines and timelines regarding CDL testing will be explained.
Instructor Kathy Everett is the School Bus Safety and Training Supervisor for the Worcester Public Schools Transportation Department. Kathy has been a licensed and certified school bus instructor in Massachusetts for more than seventeen years and has successfully trained hundreds of successful school bus drivers. Kathy holds a Class A CDL with P and S endorsements and air brake certification to complement her school bus instructor certification.
What is a Class A CDL?
A Class A commercial driver’s license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs. or more, to include a towed vehicle that is HEAVIER than 10,000 lbs.
While your towing allowances will depend on which endorsements you obtain, a few of the vehicles you MAY be able to drive with a Class A CDL (with proper endorsements) include:
- Truck and trailer combinations
- Double and triple trailers
- Tractor-trailer buses
- Tanker vehicles
- Livestock carriers
In addition, a Class A license may allow you to drive some Class B and Class C vehicles as long as you possess the correct endorsements.
What is a Class B CDL?
A Class B commercial driver license is required to operate:
- A single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier. AND/OR
- Any vehicle as described above that is towing another vehicle weighing UP TO10,000 lbs.
As with Class A licenses, you may be required to possess specific endorsements to operate some vehicles with a Class B license. Some of the vehicles you may be allowed to operate (with the right endorsement) include:
- Straight trucks
- Large buses, including:
- City buses
- Tourist buses
- School buses
- Segmented buses
- Box trucks, such as:
- Delivery drivers
- Furniture delivery
- Dump trucks with small trailers