CDL A Career

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Curious about getting your CDL A? We asked our seasoned drivers here at Truck America, and came up with 5 Reasons why you should consider obtaining your Class A CDL and drive a truck. Truck America Training is Louisville's original CDL A Training School.
Curious about getting your CDL A? We asked our seasoned drivers here at Truck America, and came up with 5 Reasons why you should consider obtaining your Class A CDL and drive a truck.

Who Needs A Class A CDL?

Truck Drivers are required to hold a Class A CDL license to operate a tractor-trailer. Semi-trucks require advanced skills and know-how above those required to drive a car.

A Class A CDL License is needed to operate any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. Vehicles requiring a Class A CDL license are primarily tractor-trailers driving long distances.

If you hold a Class A CDL, you are able to operate any Class B vehicle as well.

To obtain a Class A CDL License through a school, you must have a minimum of 160 hours of combined classroom and behind the wheel driving a truck. Truck America Training will teach you everything you need to know to get your Class A CDL license in as little as 3-4 weeks. Once you complete you Class A CDL Course you will be ready

What can I do with a CDL?

Long Haul truck driving

Delivery

Fire & Rescue

Limo buses & Charter Buses

Construction Machinery Operation

What Can I Expect?

In order to get started in the trucking industry, you must complete your entry-level training and obtain your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). While you are in training, we will introduce you to motor carriers that you can consider as your employer. There are many different types of employment situations available, and you should ask questions and make sure that the position that you accept is a “good fit” with your own goals and circumstances.

Generally, you can expect that over-the-road jobs in the trucking industry will average you $40,000- $45,000 during your first year. In addition, with most companies you will become eligible for insurance benefits and possibly retirement plans. In today’s world, these benefits have become very important parts of yours, and your family’s security. In addition to insurance benefits, many motor carriers offer tuition reimbursement assistance to help students from driver training schools repay any loans that they have used to pay for training. After the first 6 – 12 months with your new employer, additional career options will become available to you. Where you go from there is only determined by your own work habits and attitude.

If you are a good driver, with an established safety record, you are in an industry that will nearly always have a strong demand for your services. It is unlikely that you will ever have to relocate in order to find employment. On the other hand, job demand is such that you are likely to find job opportunities in any part of the country should you choose to move.

An important thing to remember is that chances are you will not be an “hourly” employee. Your pay is usually productivity based, and therefore limited only by how hard you are willing to work. Trucking is one of the few occupations where hard work pays off right away, and gets even better if you stick with it. If you have the self-discipline and are driven to succeed, you will have a great chance to succeed in your new profession.