Class A CDL
The Class A Commercial Driver License program is designed to provide each student with a basic knowledge of the requirements for a commercial driverâ€™s license and pursue entry-level employment in the trucking industry as a driver. Southwest Truck Driver Trainingâ€™s program is structured to give you sufficient behind-the-wheel driving time for the development of the practical skills necessary to obtain a Class A CDL and begin your trucking career.
As a student of our Class A CDL program, youâ€™ll:
- Learn how to use current long-haul trucking equipment
- Develop a working understanding of basic truck driver operations and safety procedures
- Investigate state and federal laws concerning over-the-road hauling
- Discover trip planning strategies to ensure the successful completion of your drive
- Gain the skills you need to take â€” and pass â€” your stateâ€™s Class A CDL exam
And itâ€™s not all classroom time. Depending on the Class A CDL program you choose â€” our 120-hour group training program or our 160-hour program â€” up to two-thirds of your time in our CDL license school is committed to hands-on skills training on the road or at our state-of-the-art truck driving range. Youâ€™ll spend 40-80 hours in the classroom learning everything you need to plan trips, read maps, track hours of service, spot hazards, develop defensive driving habits, handle and lockdown cargo and adhere to rules and regulations (FMCSR). The other 80 hours of your program is devoted to range or road operations, learning how to conduct pre-trip inspections, backing, city driving, basic control, visual search, speed and space management, progressive shifting and extreme driving.
In short, youâ€™ll learn everything you need to know jumpstart your future and get you on the road to a long-haul trucking career. The program concludes with a third-party DMB test administered on site.
Successful completion of this CDL license school program will qualify you for an entry-level position in the trucking industry, including commercial licensed driver trainee, second seat driver or entry-level solo driver. Plus, all successful graduates will receive lifetimeÂ Job Placement Assistance in all types of jobs in the transportation field, including local, regional, and national jobs.
Ready to learn more about our Class A CDL program? Fill out the form below or give us a call at 833-220-2340. Ask us about our financing solutions and our lifetime job placement assistance program. Letâ€™s talk about what it takes to help you get started on the road to trucking career skills that last a lifetime.