Commercial Driving License/CDL

Have you considered driving trucks for a living? Or maybe you’ve been thinking of ways to make an income? With so many CDL driving jobs to choose from your career could start here.  

Within 5 weeks, you could be on your way to hitting the road with your Commercial Driving License.  Our CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer program is fast and affordable, this makes for a great start for people that aren’t looking to spend years completing traditional education before being able to finally start their careers. 

Skills You Can Learn In CDL Training School

This type of driving requires skill, experience, and physical ability.  STVT’s faculty is dedicated to sharing its experience and knowledge with students to become successful. The STVT CDL training program provides full- size equipment, giving students the chance to clock the hours needed to complete the CDL training requirements.  

Since the program can be completed in as little as 4 weeks, the courses offered focus on the fundamental knowledge and skills essential to know before hitting the road.  Here are some of the skills that you’ll learn in our CDL program:

  • Defensive Driving
  • Accident Prevention 
  • General Maintenance Procedures 
  • Relevant Safety Regulations 

To learn more about the classes in our affordable CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer program, download our Course Catalog.

Program Requirements

Commercial Truck Driving is regulated by both the U.S Department of Transportation and the state.  Commercial Truck drivers are subject to strict standards including: 

  • Having a valid driver’s license at the time of enrollment and through the training period
  • Must be 21 years old to drive state-to-state (interstate classification) 
  • Must be 18 years old to drive solely within the license-issuing state (interstate classification)
  • Passing the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) physical and consent to drug testing prior to starting training and randomly throughout training
  • Being able to read, speak and write English well enough to pass the Commercial Driver’s License test, converse with the general public, understand highway signs and signals, respond to official questions and make entries on reports and records

Potential Careers with CDL Class A Training

A CDL is a Commercial Driver’s License that allows drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles.  This type of driving requires a higher level of road knowledge, skill, experience, and physical ability.  People that hold this license can find themselves working as an Auto/Car Hauler, Bull Hauler, Container Hauler, Refrigerator Freight Hauler, or even as a Household Mover. Keep in mind, drivers are required to pass a state examination if planning to operate such vehicles.*  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment opportunities for truck drivers will grow 6% by 2026*. Once you finish your CDL Class A Training, you will be eligible to pursue your preferred route.

CDL Salary

Becoming a truck driver requires long hours and is a tough but rewarding career.  If you’re putting in the effort to learn how to become a truck driver, you probably want to know how much a CDL driver makes every year. The answer? Pay for CDL drivers varies-a lot. BLS.gov estimates average truck driver salary at $43,680 per year. The lowest 10% earned less than $28,160 and the highest earned more than $65,260 The variation in pay is due to experience, type of trucking, and the company you work for.

STVT Offers CDL Training At:

*STVT does not guarantee third-party certifications/licenses. Certification/license requirements for taking and passing examinations are not controlled by STVT but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to STVT. Therefore, STVT cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification/license examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm