my guy has his first class tonight actually. he's going to be joining a group late so he's getting a private lesson tonight to catch up. the trainer told me that the first lesson is usually paperwork and everyone getting to meet. this is at petco though, so if you're going to a private trainer it could be different. I would personally call ahead, explain you are driving a long time, and just check/ask that the first lesson is something a bit more than checking vaccines and saying hello.
my 2 cents
Tiger A.K.A Clown Town- 12/19/13