At CDL Training Institute we care about the safety of America’s roads. We provide the highest quality CDL training through classroom instruction, field training and road experience with expert instructors in their respective fields. We prepare each student to meet the skills and knowledge requirements for Commercial Drivers Licensure, and guide our students through the CDL Licensing process.


CDL Training Institute founders, Robert and Connie Luther, began the school as a vision to help make America’s roads safer by providing comprehensive, expert instruction for students. Their parent company, Pisgah Mountain Logistics serves as a hands-on base to help train their students in a real world environment.


CDL Training Institute is proud to have experienced staff members and expert drivers who are knowledgeable in the industry.

Robert and Connie Luther, Owners

Robert Luther, School Director/Instructor

Kim L. Hetzler, M.Ed. , Director of Training

Myron Greene,  Instructor

Sandra Goforth,  Office Manager


Connie Luther has been in the trucking industry for more than 10 years. She is the proud owner and operator of Pisgah Mountain Logistics serving western North Carolina since 2011. She brings a wealth of knowledge, business expertise and inspiration.

Robert Luther has been a truck driver since 1985 in the moving and flatbed business. He is an experienced teacher and an expert driver.

Kim Hetzler has a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Professional Development. She has extensive experience training professionals and developing industry specific curriculum.

Myron Greene has been in the trucking industry since 1988 where he drove for Cone Mills Corporation, and began teaching in 1998. Myron has 26 years of professional experience in truck driving, 17 years of experience in over the road training and 16 years of experience in classroom teaching. He is a licensed 3rd party tester.

Sandra Goforth has 7 years of experience in the trucking industry and in job placement assistance helping students establish successful careers with local, regional and national companies.


CDL Training Institute employs licensed North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle recruiters. Our recruiting staff members interview potential students and make sure they qualify for placement before beginning the admission process. If the potential student meets DMV guidelines necessary to receive a CDL, the recruiter fills out the necessary paperwork and collects the enrollment fee. The student is given the upcoming class start dates and a list of information the student will need to bring on the first day of class.  Our recruiters are available to students to answer any questions throughout the process. All students must meet the requirements of the NC Department of Motor Vehicles for licensing prior to enrollment.


CDL Training Institute offers full time and part time training. Both sessions begin with four days in the classroom learning the information needed to pass the CDL permit test. On the fifth day all students go to their local DMV to take the written exam.

Starting the second week, students begin field and road training. Field training teaches students how to maneuver equipment, change gears and perform 90 degree back, straight back and dock parking. Students also learn how to perform a pre-trip inspection and how to couple and uncouple combination vehicles.

Road training teaches students how to safely drive in urban and rural settings, how to navigate night driving and proper grade driving techniques. Students learn while driving and observing their instructor and their peers while on the road.

Full time sessions run Monday through Friday from 7:00am-6:00pm

Part time sessions consist of 10 weekends, both Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am-6:00pm


Our program includes 200 hours of hands-on instruction:

In the Classroom

Students learn the necessary skills to pass the class A CDL permit test during the first week of training. Subject areas include Pre-Trip and Post Trip Inspections, Log Books, Hours of Service, Trip Planning, Map Reading, Emergencies, Vehicle Inspections, Air Brakes, Coupling and Un-Coupling, Driver Wellness, Whistle Blower Procedures, Combination Vehicles, Cargo Safety, Doubles and Triples, Tank Vehicles, and Passenger Vehicle Instruction.

In the Field

Students learn the proper way to physically Pre-Trip a vehicle, Couple and Un-Couple a tractor trailer and perform a visual inspection. Maneuvering techniques are covered repeatedly throughout the Field Section. They include straight backing, 90 degree backing, dock parking, alley parking, serpentine and proper shifting.

On the Road

Skilled instructors accompany students on the road. Students learn to navigate city traffic, narrow roads, drive up and down mountain grades, night driving, railroad crossings and school bus stops.

Real World Experience

Throughout all three sections, our instructors share “real world” experience about what it’s like to be on the road working in the trucking industry. Recruiters from Nationally recognized trucking companies meet with our students and accept applications for employment before they graduate.


                                         NC Required Hours                Hours We Train!

Classroom                              50                                               65

Field Instruction                    50                                               55

Behind the Wheel:

          Observation                 40                                               40

           Drive Time                   20                                               40

Total                                      160                                           200


Students must pass CDL Training Institute’s Final Examination with a grade of 80% or above to receive their certificate of completion, report card and the necessary paperwork for employment. Students must visit their local DMV office to take the required testing to receive their Class A CDL.


Fees listed below include Registration, Home Study Material, Tuition and the associated fees necessary to obtain a CDL.

Registration………………………….. $150.00

Tuition………………………………. $2950.00

Total paid to school……………….. $3100.00


Other fees needed for training but not payable to the school are as follows:


CDL Permit………………………………. $45.00

CDL License…………………………….. $75.00

MVR……………………………………..… $8.00

Physical & Drug Screen………………. $151.00

All housing needs and food are the responsibility of the student.


Attendance to all classes and completion of all subjects is mandatory. If a session is missed a make-up session is required for the student to successfully complete the class and graduate.      


CDL Training Institute offers students direct contact with trucking companies hiring students’ right out of school. Recruiters from various trucking companies come to the school to discuss employment opportunities with students. As a training facility we cannot guarantee job placement, but we work hard to facilitate contacts between students and companies that are currently hiring new drivers.


A student wishing to withdraw from their contact are required to give notice of cancellation to CDL Training Institute in writing delivered by registered mail or in person to an owner, partner, corporate officer, agent, or other representative of the school.

The cooling-off period begins when the student is given or mailed a signed copy of the completed contract. Contracts canceled after the cooling-off period entitle the school to retain not more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) registration fee and a pro rata portion of the total contract price based on the number of hours the student attended school. For courses consisting of a combination of home study lessons and resident training, not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) in addition to the registration fee previously referred to shall be retained by the school for those students who fail to enter resident training. Once a student has begun training, refunds will be paid on a prorated basis of the total contract price. The State of North Carolina requires all refunds to be paid within 21 business days after cancellation.


Employees of CDL Training Institute will not release or share student information without the written consent of the student. To help obtain employment, students meeting the placement criteria will sign a release of information allowing the placement personnel to send information to companies the student has applied for employment with.


All student records will be kept on-site for a period of three years. After three years, records will be kept in an off-site facility permanently. If copies of records are needed after three years, please send a written request and give up to two weeks to receive the records.


CDL Training Institute is licensed by the State of North Carolina, Department of Motor Vehicles. This agreement constitutes the entire contract between the school and the student, and any verbal assurances or promises not contained herein shall bind neither the school nor the student.

If you as a student, are unable to settle a dispute with the school, please direct your grievances to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, Enforcement Section, 1100 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27697-0001.