Smith & Solomon Driver Training


Smith & Solomon Driver Training has been in the driver training business for Over 20 years now, and has more than 25,000 graduates. Smith and Solomon is a leader in the East when it comes to training centers, it ha a training fleet of over 140 trucks, buses and forklifts.

Smith and Solomon offers a mixture of training programs for those interested in learning how to drive a truck, bus, or operate a forklift. Their licensed instructors are professional drivers and teachers with proven-experience! Their instructors knowledge from years of driving on the road as well as their instructional experience delivers to students real-life scenarios and the most up-to-date and flexible programs and courses in the market. This is a primary reason why majority of Smith & Solomon graduates land great jobs immediately.

Smith & Solomon also abide with the latest requirements from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) so a student can acquire maximum value. Decades of training more than 30,000 individuals made corporations and government entities turn to Smith & Solomon to provide tailor-made training solutions.

Training Programs

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training Programs

CDL A: With Passenger Endorsement - 200 Hours (5 Weeks)

This course covers both Tractor Trailers and Buses. Students will learn theory in the classroom the first week, then be out in SSDT's yard where the students will learn the necessary skills to operate a Tractor Trailer and a Bus properly. Afterwards, under supervised instruction from their experienced road instructors students will learn the skills necessary to operate the commercial vehicles on the road.

CDL A: Tractor Trailer Training - 160 Hours (4 Weeks)

This course is SSDT's most sought-after course. They encourage each prospective student to take the CDL A course, because it gives the students more career options when they graduate. During this course students will be in the classroom the first week learning the theory behind operating a commercial vehicle in order to pass their written permit test. Then students will move out to the yard to learn maneuvers. Then under supervised instruction by one of SSDT's experienced trainers students will learn the skills necessary to drive a tractor trailer on the road. This is where the students gain the knowledge and most importantly, the confidence to operate a truck safely and efficiently.

CDL B: Straight Truck Training - 120 Hours (3 Weeks)

This course teaches the student how to operate straight trucks or box trucks. Students start the course in the classroom where they study the theory behind operating one of these vehicles and get themselves ready to pass the written permit test. After the classroom sessions students will move to the yard where they will learn skills on the truck that they will be testing on. Once confident with these skills students will go out on the road under supervised instruction with one of SSDT's experienced trainers and learn how to drive the commercial motor vehicle in real-life traffic scenarios.

CDL B: With Passenger Endorsement - 120 Hours (3 Weeks)

This course teaches students how to drive a bus. Upon completion they will earn a CDL B with a passenger endorsement. This means that students will be able to drive a vehicle with 16 or more passengers. During the classroom portion of the student's training they will study the theory behind operating a bus as they prepare themselves to take the written permit exam. Then students' training will be moved to SSDT's training yard where they will learn the basic skills of operating a bus. When students are ready, they will move to road training where they will learn -- with confidence -- how to operate the bus safely and be prepared to pass the road test.

Forklift Operator Training – 8 Hours (1 Day)

Learn to operate a forklift (lift truck) safely. Smith & SolomonÂâ€Ã¢„¢s forklift training zeroes in on the following areas: The theory of OSHA-compliant operation with the goal of lessening -- if not totally eradicating -- workplace accidents, deaths, and injuries; Hands-on operation of a sit-down counterbalanced truck, a stand-on narrow aisle picker, and a motorized hand truck; Engine and motor operation, controls, and instrumentation; Capacity and stability; Steering and maneuvering, aisle loading and unloading, stacking and tiering, tractor-trailer loading and unloading, instruments; Operation in closed and open environments; Training on student's/company's own premises and equipment.

Train the Trainer Forklift Programs - 16 Hours (2 Days)

Here a company's trainer can learn how to train the company's own operators properly. Training the Trainer helps the company be more cost-effective and keep pace with the need for new operators due to business expansion and employee turnover.

Upon completion of the course, the trainer will receive a comprehensive Instructor Training Manual, complete with interactive programs, certificates and step-by-step guidance so the trainer will have the confidence to train others. This unique guide includes:

  • An overview of OSHA regulations regarding powered industrial trucks

  • Tools to organize a training session and prepare the training facility

  • Systematic training techniques

  • Essentials of effective training

  • Presentation techniques

  • Instructional aids

  • Instructors reference guide

  • Student materials

  • Quizzes

  • Slide presentation

  • Practice course layout and exercise

  • Safety rules

  • And much more

Smith & Solomon Driver Training has truck driving schools in New Castle,DE; Bordentown, Edison, and Linden, Central Jersey and Cherry Hill, South Jersey (NJ); and at Dupont, Norristown, and Philadelphia, PA.

Smith & Solomon Driver Training is also a proud member of the National Safety Council, American Trucking Association, Better Vusiness Bureau, New Jersey Motor Truck Association (NJMTA), and Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA).