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Advanced Career Institute – Merced, CA

1741 Ashby Rd, Merced, CA 95348

(209) 580-4960 | Alt: (877) 649-9614 | Website

San Joaquin Valley CDL Training and Welding School

At Advanced Career Institute, students gain quality education and training needed to start a new career. ACI programs combine both hands-on experience and in-class technical training for Class A CDL, Class B CDL, school bus driving, and welding. After opening their doors in 1986, Advanced Career Institute has been training newcomers in the transportation and welding industries. ACI makes sure to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules whether you choose their full-time or part-time training options.

Advanced Career Institute prides itself on having four convenient campuses located throughout California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. With locations in Fresno, Visalia, Merced, and Bakersfield, California, ACI makes sure that achieving your dream can quickly become a reality.

Professional Truck Driver Training for a California Class A CDL

Class A CDL Training at Advanced Career Institute

ACI currently offers three truck driver training programs.

Professional Truck Driver

Advanced Professional Truck Driver

Ag Transportation

California Truck Driving School Programs

Professional Truck Driver Program

Our Class A CDL training program is ideal for individuals with no prior knowledge or experience in the truck driving industry. This basic level program is offered at the Visalia, Fresno, Merced, & Bakersfield campuses. Students gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills needed to become a truck driver. This course prepares you to take the written permit and behind-the-wheel exam in order to receive a Class A CDL with endorsements. After getting your CDL, you will be eligible for employment as an entry-level driver.

ACI’s Class A CDL training will take 160 hours (4-weeks) to complete. Find the class time that best fits your schedule best.

All locations have the same class times:

Daytime classes: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Evening classes: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

What Will I Learn?

Advanced Career Institute’s CDL training course will step you through the entire process of getting your Class A CDL, all within 4-weeks of training at our school. In the beginning, you will receive classroom instruction to prepare for the DMV written CDL permit exam. The remaining part of the class will teach pre-trip inspection techniques, vehicle maintenance, emergency maneuvers, and all other behind-the-wheel skills required by the DMV.

Which Endorsements Can I Get With My Class A CDL License?

In addition to passing your written permit exam and CDL skills test at our school, you have the opportunity to obtain endorsements, including:

Air Brakes

Combination Vehicle



Hazardous Materials

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