Trucking and Logistics

BTI’s School of Trucking & Logistics is a hands-on truck driving school and CDL training program. BTI has partnered with industry leaders to develop a top-rated nationally recognized curriculum that will produce the most qualified drivers.

Upon successful completion of the CDL school/exams and having met all requirements, students earn:

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • BTI Truck Driver Training certificate of completion

MOBILE TRAINING—We can bring this to you!


Contact us to learn more about the programs that we can bring to your business, organization, and community. BTI currently has several mobile training platforms that travel throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Quality behind-the-wheel drive time

One student per truck allows each student the maximum number of quality hours behind the wheel. This ensures that each student develops proficient driving skills including:

  • Weighted Loads
  • Air Brakes Systems
  • Compliance Safety & Accountability (CSA)
  • Control/Vehicle Systems
  • Coupling & Uncoupling
  • FMCSA Rules & Regulations
  • Hours of Service
  • Night Driving
  • Progressive Shifting
  • Space & Speed Management
  • Various Backing Maneuvers
  • Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Weighted Loads
  • Air Brakes Systems
  • Compliance Safety & Accountability (CSA)
  • Control/Vehicle Systems
  • Coupling & Uncoupling
  • FMCSA Rules & Regulations
  • Hours of Service
  • Night Driving
  • Progressive Shifting
  • Space & Speed Management
    Various Backing Maneuvers
  • Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspection

BTI's high-tech CDL school has a virtual-reality simulator lab and a driving range to give students an enhanced learning environment.  Our simulator will give students the ability to experience snow, wind, emergencies and more in a safe way.

Course Details

Overview

BTI Truck Driver Training’s commitment to quality training is evident in everything we do.

Permit Prep Course - 1 Week

For students who do not have a commercial learner permit and would like to prepare with our instructors.

CDL Driver Training - 4 Weeks

Course Includes:

  • Classroom knowledge work
  • Driving range operational hours
  • Simulator lab hours
  • One-to-one over-the-road driving
  • Weighted loads
  • Night operation
Curriculum

The Truck Driver Training course at BTI utilizes classroom instruction, range and road driving, and practical application of skills used in highway driving. Our ratio of only one student per truck allows each student to develop proficient driving skills.

The course is 20 training days, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

In addition, BTI offers a permit prep course of approximately 40 hours for students to prepare to take all written knowledge tests required to obtain a CLP.

Upon graduation and successful completion of the skills test, students will possess a Commercial Drivers License (Class A) with a thorough working knowledge of commercial vehicle operations, air brake systems, safety practices, and DOT rules and regulations.

Upon successful completion and if all requirements are met, each student will receive a certificate of completion from BTI Truck Driver Training.

(Approximate total hours 160)

Basic Operation

  • Orientation
  • Introduction to Trucking
  • Control Systems
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Coupling & Uncoupling
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Basic Controls

Advanced Operating Practices

  • Hazard Awareness
  • Emergency Maneuvers
  • Advanced Development

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting

Safe Operating Practices

  • Visual Search
  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • Sliding 5th Wheel
  • Night Operation
  • Extreme Conditions
  • Communications
  • Proficiency Development

Non-Vehicle Activities

  • Cargo Handling
  • Cargo Documentation
  • Hours of Service
  • Accident Procedures
  • Special Rigs
  • Trip Planning
  • Personal Health & Safety
  • Public & Employer Relations
  • CSA
Entrance Requirements

BTI’s entrance requirements reflect trucking industry hiring standards to help ensure that graduates are employable in the trucking industry.

The individual must possess a valid Oregon driver’s license. 

All students are required to have a DOT physical and Class A Learner’s permit BEFORE class begins. (In order to obtain a Class A Learner’s permit, you need to take and pass the following written exams – Combination Vehicle, Air Brakes, and General Knowledge.) If you do not have a DOT physical or Class A Learner’s permit, you can obtain one during the BTI prep class (option B).

Drug Screening: BTI requires a drug screening during the first week of class. All students are subject to random and suspicious drug testing throughout the duration of the program. A positive test or refusal will result in immediate termination from the program.

Per federal regulations, medical marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. It remains unacceptable for any safety‐sensitive employee/student subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana.

Minimum Age

18 years old.

Language Requirements

Must be able to read and speak the English language fluently enough to converse with the general public, to understand the highway traffic signs and signals, to respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records. Seventh-grade reading and math level recommended.

Physical Requirements

Specific requirements are detailed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website:  Effective, May 21, 2014, only doctors who registered through the national registry of FMCSA are allowed to do DOT physicals.

General DOT requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Has no loss of a foot, leg, hand, arm, or has no impairment of the use of the foot, leg, hand, fingers, arm, or any other structural defect which interferes with their ability to control and safely drive a motor vehicle.
  • Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of Diabetes currently requiring insulin for control. (You may be able to obtain an exemption with Federal Motor Carrier)
  • Has no current clinical diagnosis of High Blood Pressure likely to interfere with their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of Epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause unconsciousness or any loss of ability to control a motor vehicle.

Accidents

Chargeable accidents within the past three (3) years may be subject to review. An accident report will be required.

Licenses

First-time CDL applicants needing the Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) endorsement must undergo a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) background check and fingerprinting prior to receiving a Hazmat endorsement.

BTI encourages students to obtain the Hazmat endorsement because it increases employment opportunities.  BTI will offer Hazmat courses based upon demand for such endorsements at each campus location.

Other Endorsements

BTI will offer other specialized training for students that already hold a CDL but would like to pursue adding various endorsements, or removing restrictions.  Courses will be added based upon demand at each campus site.

Endorsement training includes:

  • Combination
  • Air brakes
  • Manual transmission
  • Tanker
  • Doubles/Triples
Drug Screening

Did you know?

DRUG SCREENING: During the first week of class, you must undergo a drug screening. All students are subject to random and suspicious drug testing throughout the duration of the program. A positive test or refusal will result in immediate termination from the program.

Per federal regulations, medical marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. It remains unacceptable for any safety‐sensitive employee subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana.

Specialized Training

We offer customized training for trucking companies or industry based upon their specialized needs. These programs can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Air Brakes Systems
  • CDL Prep
  • Class B Training
  • Driver Evaluations
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hours of Service
  • Mentoring
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Refresher Course
  • Train-the-Trainer

Training for experienced drivers can be modified to meet the training needs of the carrier.

Tuition and Housing

Automatic Drivers

Interested in earning your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)? Has shifting through gears held you back? Don’t hold back any longer!

BTI now offers an automatic truck driving class for those who qualify.

The BTI Truck Driver Training Program lasts 23 training days and includes classroom instruction, range, and highway driving.

Two CDL Class Options:

OPTION A (4 weeks)

Includes tuition, books, supplies, and drug test (does NOT include CDL permit prep; see option B) – Tuition: $5,900.  BTI can assist with housing reservations for students.

OPTION B (5 weeks)

Includes everything in Option A, plus one (1) additional week for on-site instructor-led CDL permit prep. The total cost is $6,400.

NOTE: Students are responsible for all DMV fees, including permits, tests, licensing, etc., DOT Physical Fee, skills test and any re-test fees.

Accepted methods of payment: Cash, Check, Money Order or Credit Card (3% fee added).

Upcoming Classes

Baker City, Oregon

Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL)
Classes Begin: October 4 - 8, 2021
Location: BTI Campus - Baker City, Oregon
Times: Call for times - (541) 524-2651
Class availability: FULL

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CDL Training
October 11 - November 5, 2021
Times: Call for times - (541) 524-2651
Class availability: FULL

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Prineville, Oregon

Commercial Drivers License (CDL)
Classes Begin: November 1-5, 2021
Location: Crook County Fairgrounds Prineville Oregon
Times: Call for times - (541) 524-2651
Class availability: FULL

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CDL Permit Class
November 1 - 5, 2021
Times: Call for times - (541) 524-2651
Class availability: Limited Spots Available

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CDL Training
November 8 - December 8, 2021
Location: Crook County Fairgrounds
Times: Call for times - (541) 524-2651
Class availability: FULL

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Past Classes

Baker City, Oregon

  • March 8th - 12th - CDL Permit Prep
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Fri

Prineville, Oregon

  • April 19th - 23rd - CDL Permit Prep
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
  • April 26th - May 20th - Class CDL Driver Training
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Fri

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