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Stark State College

2270 Picton Parkway, Akron, OH 44312

(330) 494-6170 | Alt: (800) 797-8275 | Website

Commercial driver’s license (CDL) training

Get on the road to a new career with your Class A CDL

You’ll get there in high gear with this training that’s just eight weeks or less – starting off with classroom sessions followed by behind-the-wheel range and open road training.

You’ll get a minimum of 200 hours of Class A Tractor Trailer training with 48’ length trailers. All trucks are outfitted with 10-speed non-synchronized manual transmissions.

You’ll also be prepared for hazardous (H endorsement) and doubles and triples (T endorsement) written exams at the same time.

CDL permit not required to start.

Class A Commercial Driver’s License Training

Get on the road to a new career with your Class A Commercial Driver’s License. Training can be completed in 5 weeks (day class) or 8 weeks (night class) with a minimum of 200 hours of Class A tractor trailer training with 48’ length trailers. You’ll have 80 hours in-class learning followed by 120 hours of behind-the-wheel range and open road training. All trucks are outfitted with 10-speed non-synchronized manual transmissions. You can also prepare for tanker (N), hazardous (H) and doubles and triples (T) endorsement written exams at the same time.

The day program runs Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4:50 pm for five weeks. The evening program runs

Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri., 5:30-9:30 pm AND Saturday, 8 am-4:30 pm for eight weeks.

The first 40 hours of class will prepare you to take your temporary permit test. The second 40 hours consists of mandatory, state required topics (ours is based on the JJ Keller curriculum). The remaining 120 hours (three weeks for day program and five weeks for the night program) will involve pre-trip and maneuvers at our training range and over-the-road driver’s training. We are equipped for no more than two students per truck at any time on the range or road. Circumstances beyond our control (breakdowns, COVID, weather) may result in modified scheduling to maintain this ratio.

Safe drivers with a clean driving record are readily employable and in demand. Every company will have a supplemental training program for you when you start as a new driver. Your wages as a new driver trainee will typically go up once you are deemed safe enough to be an independent driver.

Class A over-the-road (OTR) jobs usually mean you’ll travel around the country and be home on weekends, although there are many variations. Local trucking jobs also are available, with most paying hourly. Local routes include delivery of construction materials, sand and gravel, building supplies, trash collection and delivery services.

Individuals with criminal backgrounds or history are employable; employers operate on a caseby-case basis. Your ptions may be more limited than other individuals, but with 6-12 months of experience, those limitations are significantly reduced.


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