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Ready for the Road: Essential Pre-Requisites for BTW Training at Soler & Soler CDL School



Embarking on a career as a professional truck driver is an exciting journey, and it starts with proper preparation. At Soler & Soler CDL School, we ensure our students are well-prepared even before they begin Behind-The-Wheel (BTW) training. Understanding the prerequisites for CDL training is crucial for a smooth start to your trucking career.


1. Valid Driver’s License:

  • Essential Requirement: A valid driver's license is the first step in your journey. It proves your basic driving skills and legal eligibility to operate a vehicle.

  • State-Specific: Requirements may vary by state, so it’s essential to check your local DMV guidelines.

2. Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP):

  • What is a CLP?: A CLP allows you to practice driving commercial vehicles when accompanied by a licensed CDL holder.

  • Application Process: To obtain a CLP, you’ll need to pass written exams that cover general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles. Study materials are available at Soler & Soler CDL School.

3. Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical:

  • Ensuring Fitness: The DOT physical exam ensures you’re medically fit to operate a commercial vehicle. It includes a review of your medical history, vision and hearing tests, and a general physical examination.

  • Finding a Certified Medical Examiner: It’s vital to get this examination done by a certified medical examiner. We can provide recommendations at Soler & Soler CDL School.

4. Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Theory Training:

  • Foundation Knowledge: ELDT theory training covers basic operation, safe operating practices, and non-driving activities like inspection and maintenance.

  • Flexible Learning Options: At Soler & Soler, we offer both online and in-person ELDT theory training, catering to your learning preferences and schedule.

5. Additional Considerations:

  • Background Check: Some states may require a background check or a review of your driving record.

  • Age Requirements: Ensure you meet the age requirements for interstate (usually 21) or intrastate driving.


In conclusion, preparing for your CDL training at Soler & Soler CDL School involves more than just enrolling in a course. By fulfilling these essential prerequisites, you’re setting the stage for a successful and safe driving career. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through each step, ensuring you’re ready for the road ahead.


Get started on your path to becoming a professional truck driver with Soler & Soler CDL School. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help you fulfill these prerequisites for a successful career in trucking!

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