All of the following steps can be made easy by working with a truck driving school like Truck Driving Academy. Truck Driving Academy can help you through every step along the way and even help you find a job once you have successfully completed the course and obtained your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
The cost of truck driving school varies from state to state, as well as between providers. Typically, the cost of obtaining a suitable Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is somewhere between $3,000 and $7,000 – give or take a few. The type of license and endorsements you wish to obtain will also influence the cost. The price for Class A training is different from that of Class B, not including the cost of relevant driving endorsements.
If you are participating in a full-time course, it can take you around seven weeks to complete the relevant CDL training. If you are participating in a part-time course, it can take over 3 months. Also, obtaining the Class A license requires significantly more training than the Class B. Many trainees can obtain their Class B license in just around a week.
Class A: GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more; ability to tow more than 10,000 pounds.
Class B: GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more; towing capacity less than 10,000 pounds.
Class C: GVWR under 26,001 pounds; ability to carry 16 or more passengers, or hazardous materials.
Class A license holders can operate Class B and Class C vehicles with the proper endorsements.
You must be at least 18 years old to acquire a CDL. However, if you are under the age of 21, you are only permitted to drive interstate (within your state of residence).
Your training will consist of classroom education, field as well as on-road driving.
Yes, Truck Driver Academy is partnered with some of the largest trucking companies as well as smaller local companies in order to provide our graduates the best our industry has to offer. Read more about our truck driver placement service here.
Yes, however this comes with a stipulation. This is will be dependent on how long ago you were convicted for this felony. Some trucking companies will hire you if the conviction occurred 3 or more years prior while others require 5 or more years before consideration.
There are four main Class A Endorsements in which truckers may go for to earn more money when driving for a living, these are:
Most carriers certainly do offer rider programs, usually with a minimum age limit for children. We recommend reading our truck driver passenger regulations blog for more information.