University of Wyoming Extension News

Worland study group helps prepare applicants for commercial driver license tests

Sandra Frost

A free study group in Worland will help steer applicants toward their Wyoming commercial driver license (CDL).

UW Extension and Northwest College are offering the CDL study group 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3-7, Monday-Friday, in the Worland Community Center Complex.

“The goal is to help prepare participants for the written and vehicle inspectiontests,” said Sandra Frost, UW Extension educator in Powell. “The class does not include driving practice.” Attendees are provided study materials and regional resources including instructional materials from the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Additionally, local farmers and ranchers will discuss the practical aspects of operating commercial vehicles.

The morning sessions will cover the Wyoming Driver License Manual for Commercial and Heavy Vehicles. After lunch, participants will learn and practice truckinspections. The Wyoming Highway Patrol will send a trooper from its Motor Carrier Safety unit to share information with the class. The Worland Fire Department will discuss hazardous materials.

“Those desiring Class B information should plan on attending Monday through Wednesday,” said Frost. “Those desiring Class A information should plan on attending Monday through Friday.”

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, a Class A CDL must be carried by any driver operating a vehicle that weighs 26,001 ormore pounds and tows 10,000 or more pounds; a Class B CDL must be carried by any driver who operates a vehicle that weighs 26,001 pounds but tows less than 10,000 pounds.

“There are special exemptions for farmers and ranchers,” said Frost. “However, depending on the weight of your vehicle, you may be required to hold the non-commercial class of license with the proper endorsements for the vehicle you are driving. We will cover this as well during the classes.”

Other commercial driving study groups will start Jan. 7 in Powell, Jan. 21 in Burlington and Feb. 4 in Riverton.

To register for the Worland session or for more information, contact Frost at 307-754-8836 or at sfrost1@uwyo.edu. A brochure about the CDL study group is at www.uwyo.edu/ces/bighorncrops/index.html.