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Which CDL Class Pays the Most?



Considering a career in trucking, but confused on whether you need a Class A or Class B CDL? Wondering which one will earn you the most income? The different classes of CDL’s can be quite confusing, but today we’re going to explain the benefits of getting your Class A CDL – which can be earned right here at Diesel Driving Academy.

Class A CDL  – What Training is Involved?

At DDA, we offer two types of Class A training; Basic and Advanced CDL courses.

The Basic Class A CDL course does not require previous truck driving experience for you to enroll in. Classes can be completed in 4-weeks, for a total of 160 clock hours. Your instruction will include both classroom and hands-on driving experiences as part of our course. Graduates of this course are prepared to do entry-level truck driving work.

The Advanced Class A CDL can be completed during daytime classes (20-weeks) or evening classes (30-weeks) for a total of 600 clock hours. Students do not need previous driving experience, and instruction will still include both classroom and hands-on driving experiences as part of your course. Students who graduate this program have many career options available including employment as a Truck Driver, Line Haul Driver, Owner Operator, Semi-Truck Driver, or Over the Road (OTR) Driver.

Why Choose a Class A CDL?

When deciding between a CDL A or CDL B, you want to weight your career options. Your Class A CDL will generally be able to garner you the highest wages of any type of truck driver. Most students who graduate with their Class A CDL will get into over-the-road (OTR) trucking. That means you drive longer distances, log more miles, usually drive across the US, and therefore get the highest wages of any class of truck drivers.

What is the pay, Year 1?

A trucker beginning with a company in their first year can make quite a range of pay, and many things can factor into a truck driver’s pay including the following:

  • The Company Being Worked For: Some companies pay more or less than other companies as in any industry. The company you choose to work for may alter the pay from the “standard” for the industry to fit their business model.
  • The Size Load You Haul: Larger or smaller loads may pay less or more than the typical “median” pay for the industry” as it requires different licensing and training to haul different sized loans.
  • The Distance Driven: Sometimes local-versus-long-distance drivers might be paid differently depending on the miles driven and the number of hours that require driving per week.
  • Location: Some states may pay more than others, it depends on the cost of living, the going rates, and the area that
  • What You Are Hauling: Drivers hauling dangerous materials or materials of high value may be paid more than those carrying more traditional items. Every company will vary in how they handle the payment for hauling different loads.

On average, DDA graduates can expect to start with an income of around $45,000+ annually, while an average salaries run between $50,000 annually (25th percentile) and $70,00 (75th percentile) for OTR truck drivers.

Additional Benefits

Most carriers also provide their drivers with a host of additional benefits in addition to a good salary when they are OTR truckers. The following are some of the other benefits you can expect to get from your carrier:

  • Full health insurance coverage (for your family also)
  • 401k and other retirement options
  • The possibility to qualify for monthly payments back to help pay off your student loans (signing a 1-year contract is usually required)
  • Opportunities to earn additional performance-based bonuses
  • The possibility of promotion to higher-paying loads (with experience)
  • Annual paid vacation time

These additional benefits make getting your Class A CDL worth your time and money. Once you get your Class A CDL you will enjoy access to some of the highest-paying jobs in trucking and you will have a career that can become a passion for the rest of your life.

Want more information on getting your Class A CDL so you can start earning a consistent paycheck? Call us today at 1-800-551-8900.


*This article was originally published in 2019 and has been updated with new industry standards.

5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Truck Driver


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COVID-19 has put the country in a tailspin. With most of the 50 States in declared states of emergency, many Americans are living under some sort of stay-at-home order. Many businesses have closed their doors causing mass layoffs. Uncertainty has become a way of life. The one thing that we hope to continue to rely on is having access to food and necessities – all of which is only made accessible because we have brave truck drivers on the front lines distributing goods to keep America’s store shelves stocked. However, keeping America’s stores stocked has put a tremendous strain on a trucking industry that had already been suffering from a truck driver shortage. Truck drivers are needed more than ever to keep the supply chain so that food, soap, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies get to store shelves. Here are 5 reasons why you should become a truck driver.

#1 Truck Driver Training Doesn’t Take Long to Complete

To start a new career, it often takes years of training to get certified or to complete a degree. Depending on the program, CDL training programs may only take a few months to complete. For example, DDA offers their Class A CDL training and can be completed in anywhere from 4-weeks to 20-weeks. Our Class A CDL training is designed for those who have no prior driving experience. If you want to become a professional truck driver, this program will prepare you for a new and in-demand career in the trucking industry!

#2 Be Your Own Boss

Be your own boss – sort of. Okay, so commercial truck drivers do have bosses, but they don’t have bosses looking directly over their shoulder telling them what to do every second of the day. Truck drivers are held accountable for their work by the status of their shipments, but they typically don’t have to worry about working in a traditional work environment where they have to put up with an overbearing boss.

#3 Pay is Better Than Average Right Out of the Gate

A career as a commercial truck driver offers many advantages. However, one of the main advantages is that people entering the truck driving career field can make good money right out of the gate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers have a median pay over $40,000 a year. Some truck drivers can make over $70,000 a year. Truck drivers often start out with a higher than average starting salary, good benefits, and opportunities for advancement and stability.

#4 You Work Well Under Pressure… and Not Scared of Hard Work

The situations you will face as a truck driver varies from severe weather conditions to overwhelming road construction, or heavy traffic. The job requires running a tight ship, getting to your destinations on time with a safe and secure load. You can read a map, figure out GPS, and can manage your time well. You have a patient manner and are able to keep a clear head when unexpected issues come your way. Problems like these can actually be fun challenges for you.

#5 Feel the Freedom of the Road

Does sitting in an office every day staring at a computer sound awful to you? A commercial truck driver is able to look out over the open road and the landscape they are passing, whether it be mountains, the prairie, or the desert. Plus, a truck driver can personalize their truck driving experience in many more ways than they could several years ago. Many commercial trucks are outfitted with the ability for add-ons, whether it be a min-fridge, gaming system, or entertainment center. Truck drivers can personalize their trucks to make it feel like a home away from home. In today’s commercial truck work, drivers can feel right at home on the road.

Are you Ready for Truck Driver Training?

The advantages of becoming a professional truck driver are many and they go beyond just the good pay and benefits. The Diesel Driving Academy offers a CDL training program that is helping job seekers start a long-term career as a professional commercial truck driver, which is especially needed in today’s era of high unemployment. Carriers all across the country are experiencing a shortage of qualified drivers, which makes professional training from a respected school like the Diesel Driving Academy the logical first step in getting work in this growing industry.

*This article was originally published in 2015 and has been updated according to industry standards*

How to Get a CDL and Start Driving Commercially in Louisiana


The demand for commercial truck drivers in Louisiana offers ample career opportunities for those who want a stable career and enjoy the open road. Anyone that drives commercially must have a valid CDL license. If you are planning to be a commercial truck driver in Louisiana, you’ll have to know how to get a Commercial Driver’s license. At DDA, we can provide the training you’ll need to get your Class A CDL.

Requirements for Getting a CDL License at Diesel Driving Academy

If you are looking to get your CDL at Diesel Driving Academy, you will need to meet some enrollment qualifications. These include:

  • Have a current, valid Driver’s License
  • Be a minimum of 21 years of age (by the time of graduation)
  • Have an acceptable driving record
  • Proof of your citizenship such as a birth certificate or certification of naturalization
  • Pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and drug screening
  • Meet the Department of Transportation (DOT) qualifications for truck operators

If you meet these basic requirements, you will be eligible to attend DDA to complete your CDL training.

What CDL Programs does Diesel Driving Academy Offer?

DDA offers 3 different types of CDL certification programs:

The CDL Prep Course is a 3-week, 136-hour prep course that teaches the basics of the trucking industry. No previous experience driving trucks is necessary to enroll in this course.

Our Basic CDL Driver Training Program is a 4-week, 160-hour program that requires no previous experience to enroll. This program will prepare truck drivers for the entry-level duties of a truck driver. Evening classes are available at our West Monroe campus. The evening program will run 8-weeks and 160 clock hours.

The Advanced CDL Driver Training Program is a 20-week, 600-hour course that gives you the advanced knowledge you need to be a truck driver. There is no experience required to enroll in this course. Upon completion, you will be able to obtain employment in a variety of different lines of work including as a Truck Driver, Line Haul Driver, Owner Operator, Semi-Truck Driver, or Over-the-Road Truck Driver. Evening classes are available at each campus and will run 30-weeks and 600 clock hours.

What To Expect During CDL Training

Diesel Driving Academy’s CDL Prep Course is three weeks and 136 hours of intensive training in and out of the classroom. This is what your course list will look like in your time here:

  • Intro to Trucking – a brief introduction of what you will be studying, plus discussions about the trucking industry and DOT qualifications
  • Hours of Service/Log Book –  going through hours of service regulations, as well as the driver’s daily log and logbook
  • Competency Development – studying competency areas for your test at DMV, including air brakes and combination vehicles
  • Backing Maneuvers – Basic procedures for operating vehicles and tractor-trailers
  • Vehicle Maneuvers – More advances procedures for operating vehicles and tractor-trailers as well as shifting and driving vehicles
  • Vehicle Inspection – Methods and documentation for inspections

What is the Cost for CDL School?

Out of pocket costs will vary depending on the program a student enrolls in, and if any financial assistance is used. Diesel Driving Academy offers a variety of programs that may cover some or all training program costs. Don’t let the cost intimidate you. DDA’s Financial Aid staff can help you learn more about what types of assistance are available to you to help make getting your CDL affordable.

How do I Find Work Once I get my CDL?

Diesel Driving Academy provides Job Placement Assistance for all of our current students and graduates. This service is available to former students for the rest of their careers. We have a variety of connections to some of the largest carriers and employers nationwide. In addition to this service, many recruiters visit our campuses to hire highly trained and well-qualified graduates.

What Kind of Benefits Can I Expect as a Truck Driver?

Truck driving is one of the best jobs that doesn’t require a 2-or-4-year college degree. Truck driving is a very hands-on experience that allows drivers to get out on the road and work with their hands. In addition to quality-pay and employment benefits, most truck drivers receive additional benefits including:

  • Starting pay at around $45,000+ annually for most OTR positions
  • Full healthcare benefits for drivers and their families
  • Monthly reimbursement payments for your tuition (usually available to those who sign a 1-year contract with the carrier)
  • 401k company matches and full retirement benefits
  • Annual paid vacation time

These are just some of the benefits that the truck driving industry offers. Job security is also a huge benefit to this industry. There are currently about 60,000+ driving jobs open in the United States. As consumer demand grows, so will driver opportunities and employment options.

If you are looking for a high-paying job in a booming industry, truck driving might be a great option for you. For further assistance or to enroll in any of the CDL programs at Diesel Driving Academy, fill out the form on this page, or call us today 1-800-551-8900.

Veterans Find Trucking as a New Career


As Veteran’s Day approaches, Diesel Driving Academy wants to express support for all the men and women in uniform who choose to serve and protect our country. The trucking industry has always had a healthy relationship with the military and is a great career option for veterans. Whether you are a veteran with experience driving military vehicles, or looking for start a stable career, your military skills will transfer well to the trucking industry. DDA is proud to help veterans start on an exciting career path!

Veterans and Truck Driving

Veterans have proven they understand discipline, responsibility, and accountability. Trucking companies are looking for people who have this type of experience. Veterans possess these traits, and understand how critical teamwork and organizational skills are to completing any job or mission.

The same attention to detail and situational awareness that military service instills is crucial to safe driving. Recognizing what is happening around you and being able to adapt and adjust to changes in the environment are skills veterans have. This sets them apart from civilians, and make them perfect candidates for the trucking industry.

Veteran’s Benefits

The trucking industry offers veterans an opportunity to use their skills to enter a career field that provides long-term security. Today’s economy depends on drivers to move freight and products to fill consumer needs. As demand increases, so will the need for qualified drivers. With a median annual wage in 2016 of $41,340, the trucking industry offers a stable career with excellent earning potential.

A career in trucking offers the opportunity in an exciting, respectable, and well-paying field and DDA will make it easy. Former military personnel are eligible for tuition assistance, so training is not only quick, but affordable.

All of those at Diesel Driving Academy would be honored to talk with you about helping you to achieve your career goals. Contact us today to learn more about our Class A CDL Training!

Getting a Commercial Driver’s License: Why Your Health Matters


For some, the DOT Physical Exam could be the easiest part of the process for obtaining a CDL. A quick check-up and you’re on your way to becoming a truck driver. For others, however, we understand that this is the most nerve-wracking part, especially those with certain medical conditions or who take certain medications.

The truth is, if you have a medical condition it may interfere with your ability to drive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a list of ailments that disqualify applicants from commercial driving. For many of these, this applies to instances where the disease is of sufficient severity that it would likely interfere with the driver’s ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely.

Disqualifying Conditions according to FMCSA:

  • Diabetes mellitus, requiring insulin to control
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Angina
  • Coronary insufficiency
  • Thrombosis or other cardiovascular diseases that are known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse, or congestive cardiac failure
  • Respiratory dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular, or vascular disease
  • Epilepsy, or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a motor vehicle
  • Mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease or psychiatric disorder
  • Visual acuity that allows them to hear at least 20/40 in each eye (either with or without corrective lenses)
  • Hearing that allows them to perceive a forced whisper at 5 feet (with or without the user of a hearing device)

Understanding these Stipulations:

These rules are in place as a safety precaution. These illnesses can compromise the driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely, which creates a potentially dangerous situation on the road. Allowing a driver behind-the-wheel of a vehicle while having one of those conditions can lead to fatal consequences.

Those aren’t the only conditions that disqualify drivers. The loss of a limb or loss of or impairment of fingers would prevent gripping or otherwise would interfere with the ability to control their vehicle could also lead a driver being deemed unable to obtain a CDL.

However, in cases of physical impairment, much like with vision or hearing impairments, if the candidate can perform the tasks associated with driving a commercial vehicle with the use of a prosthetic, brace, or a similar device, they may be allowed to drive. Someone who has been granted a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate (which was formerly called the Limb Waiver Program) is also typically allowed to drive.

Drugs and Medications

As you can imagine, the government tends to take a negative view of truck drivers under the influence of drugs and heavy medications as well. The FMCSA specifies that a driver who is using a drug identified in 21 CFR 1308.11 (391.42(b)(12)) (which is to say substances identified as controlled) or substances such as amphetamine, a narcotic, or another habit-forming drug, the driver should be deemed medically unqualified to drive. Exceptions can be made if the prescribing doctor can write that the driver is safe to be a commercial driver while taking the medication. The medical examiner then may (but is not compelled to) certify the driver. In addition, anti-seizure medications and methadone are both disqualifying medications as well.

Overall, the government strives to take a position of caution when it comes to allowing truck drivers to operate. In the unsteady hands of someone under the influence of medication, drugs or alcohol, or someone with a severe medical condition. A truck driven by someone medically unqualified could turn from a tool of commercial production and become a weapon of destruction.

If you are interested in becoming a truck driver, but unsure if you are medically qualified, contact Diesel Driving Academy. Our Admissions team would love to discuss with you about your options and your next steps to begin a trucking career.

Trucking Meets College Football


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The Real MVPs of the Game

The leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and college football is well underway. It’s one of the best times of the year as you gather with your family and friends and root for your favorite teams. Whether you are there for the game, the players, the marching band, or even the mascot, college football season always brings excitement to everyone. However, do you know who the underlying hero of the season is? Nope, it’s not the coaches or even the trainers, it’s the hard-working drivers and the trucks that haul all the equipment from game to game. They are the real stars.

The Game Plan

These huge trucks are not only responsible for hauling almost everything on the field; including the medical supplies, the warm-up gear, the equipment, the training gear, and anything else you may think of, short of the benches. However, their duties include so much more. They are required to pack all the equipment up and get it to the stadium on time. It can be a stressful job, as the start of the game is dependent on these drivers.

The Kickoff

Most of these drivers do this job on top of their full-time jobs. Mainly for the fact that they love what they do. They love the college football atmosphere, they love college football, and they love the perks of the job. Many of the drivers get to be a part of the football action. They are found in the locker rooms during halftime, listening to the coach’s speech. They are found watching the game and rooting for their team. The truckers are on the field before and after the game and enjoy the benefit of staying in a hotel with the team when on the road. The job is really fulfilling for many, stressful at times, but provides the drivers a sense of pride and a new look into something that many would love to be involved with.

The Touchdown

These drivers are not only employees but they are a member of the team. Truckers work closely with the team and the staff, knowing all the ins and outs of all the equipment. They are in charge of logistics and knowing where each piece of equipment has to go, including the exercise bike. They know they have to move fast, as pack-up usually lasts 90 minutes and the team cannot wait for them. However, it’s the excitement of the road and the fan interaction that brings the job to a whole new level. Whether it’s the fan waves or the boo’s as they are driving on the highway, or the high-five’s at rest stops, nobody can miss the giant college logos on the huge trucks. At the end of each game, no matter if it’s a win or a loss, the real MVP has to pack it all up and head back home. Riding off into the sunset as the true hero of the game.

At Diesel Driving Academy (DDA) we are the leaders in CDL training and can provide you with the required training where opportunities like this can be a reality. For more information about classes and our training programs, contact us today!

Back to School Time is Not Just for Kids


Fall is always the time you see those back to school commercials or you find yourself buying supplies for your kids. You send them off to school hoping they will learn every day. But have you ever wondered what you still have to learn? Chances are you are ready to go back to school too!  A CDL training program could quickly catapult your career forward. Here are some of the reasons why adults should consider adding to their knowledge with a CDL school.

Career Opportunities

Right now, truckers are in high demand and as a result, there are always trucking jobs available. The American Trucking Association estimates there are over 50,000 trucking jobs ready to be filled right now. Additionally, DDA helps its graduates find a career for them with Job Placement Assitance.

Salary Options

Going back to school can dramatically impact your current salary. The average first-year salary for an OTR driver can be up to $50,000 after completing your CDL training and passing all tests. We know that an increase in salary could easily affect you and your family’s life.

Climb Up in Your Current Job

If you currently are working in a career field that includes truck driving such as a delivery service or a construction company, you could possibly benefit from additional skills. Speak with your boss and learn if earning your CDL or additional endorsements could benefit your career. If so, head back to school!

Give Yourself a Competitive Advantage

Currently, some fields are experiencing a shortage of graduates with skills and experience. Individuals who want to set themselves apart in a competitive employment market should embrace the idea of going back to school. You could make yourself an extremely competitive candidate.

If you are ready to better your current career or start a new career completely, this is the perfect time to go back to school. DDA is ready to help you get started today. Contact us!

What is a Pre-Hire Letter?


Pre-Hire Letters

The pre-hire letter is a written acknowledgment, from a trucking company, that you qualify as a potential candidate for hire once you complete your CDL training. Obtaining a pre-hire letter is a great way to enhance your confidence once you start looking for a career. This way you have already have gotten ahead of the hiring process and can be on your way to the best career. Check out our recommended steps to help you get your own pre-hire letter.

Do Your Research

Research and understand the different carriers/companies you are interested in working for. Make sure the company culture is one you are interested in and that you can handle their expectations for drivers.

Be Prepared Before You Reach Out

You should make sure you do meet all the qualifications for getting a CDL.

For Louisiana Residents: Louisiana CDL Handbook 2019

For Arkansas Residents: Arkansas CDL Handbook 2019 

Be Neat

As we all know, honesty is the best policy. Your application will be your first impression. You need to provide accurate and thorough information and make it look as neat and professional as possible.

Be Honest

Be sure that you let each company know you are not CDL qualified, and you are interested in a pre-hire letter. Be sure to tell them your current training status. If you’re getting ready to begin CDL training, you’re in training, or you’re about to take the required tests, they will appreciate having an idea when you may be available. You may also have a better understanding of your employment probabilities.

The More Pre-Hire Letters, The Better Odds You Have

You can apply to as many trucking companies as you would like. Take the time to do this. You will have better odds at employment if you make yourself known.


Don’t assume that your application gets seen right away so do not be afraid to call and introduce yourself. Let the hiring staff know you have submitted your application and you are interested in someday working for their company.

Stand Out from the Crowd

If you already know you want to get CDL Endorsements, and you plan on becoming a highly-qualified truck driver, let them know. You may find you’re going to be in high demand. Don’t worry, you will learn more about CDL Endorsements at Diesel Driving Academy.

Become an Outstanding CDL Driver at Diesel Driving Academy

At Diesel Driving Academy (DDA), we are committed to offering the best in CDL training, and we also work hard to place our graduating drivers with exceptional trucking companies. With training from DDA and pre-hire letters in your back pocket, your trucking career is sure to have a great start.

Learn more about us and how we get you on the right road to a rewarding, truck driving career. Don’t hesitate to call with any questions you may have if you’re wanting to make sure you are ready to begin applying for trucking positions to request pre-hire letters. We’re excited to hear from you.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week


Celebrating the Rock Stars of the Road

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 8-14, 2019. This is a time for the business community to recognize the dedication of professional truck drivers. Thousands of trucking companies and industry suppliers throughout the country will be holding special events to honor their drivers. As we celebrate this week, we’re also taking a look at some rockin’ facts about truck drivers as well as their connection to the music industry!

Legendary Truckin’ Music

Utter the words “breaker, breaker” and trucking movie classics like Smokey and the Bandit come to mind. The 70’s were a time of free expression and open roads. The appeal of the CB radio took hold of the nation and suddenly truck drivers were of great interest. The music industry took notice and started turning out road trip hits.

Country music crooners and rock and roll legends produced songs that told the story of the long and winding road. They sang about the trials and tribulations that truckers face on a daily basis. Songs of love, loneliness, and driving took hold of the airwaves. These hits included:

  • “East Bound and Down” by Jerry Reed (1977)
  • “Teddy Bear” by Red Sovine (1976)
  • “Movin’ On” by Merle Haggard (1974)
  • “Truckin'” by the Grateful Dead (1970)
  • “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson (1979)

Celebrities That Were Once Kings of the Road

Before becoming the King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley was “King of the Road,” as a truck driver for Crown Electric. At his first performance, he was told “stick to truck driving.” Lucky for us, he didn’t take that advice and became one of the world’s most well-known musicians. Several other famous celebrities also started their careers on the open road.

  • James Cameron, of Avatar and Titanic fame, drove trucks to save money to buy film equipment.
  • Liam Neeson was a truck driver in Ireland for Guinness Brewery.
  • Robert Duval drove trucks while taking acting classes with Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.
  • Chevy Chase was a truck driver before hitting it big on Saturday Night Live.
  • Jason Aldean drove for Pepsi while writing the country music lyrics to mega-hit “Asphalt Cowboy.”

Truck Drivers Are Essential to the Economy

Truckers still face many of the same issues that drivers dealt with in the 1970’s. But, today, they are looked at as the Rock Stars of the Road. There is a much greater appreciation for the work truck drivers do to keep our nation prosperous. Chris Spear, the President and CEO of American Trucking Association, recently stated:

“Everything that we consume – groceries, school supplies, clothes, medicine – gets delivered by a truck driver whether it’s to your front door, your local market, or your workplace. These drivers improve our quality of life by dedicating themselves to safety and making every effort to deliver the things we need efficiently, professionally and responsibly.”

Diesel Driving Academy is proud to participate in National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. If you are ready to hit the open road, contact us today to learn more about Class A CDL training.

“That’s a 10-4, good buddy.”

How Much will my CDL Training Cost?


CDL Training Programs to Keep You on Budget

Trucking is a career that is in high demand and many people are interested in getting into, but the real question on many people’s minds is how much will it cost to go through CDL training?

The good news is that getting your Commercial Driver’s License is much more affordable than a standard 4-year college program. However, there are a few things that will determine how much getting your CDL through a training program will cost.

Diesel Driving Academy offers students the options of three driver training programs to choose from. Each of these programs are “career-oriented” and prepare students for a driving career in a short period of time.

Tuitions costs vary by program, and your out-of-pocket costs will depend on what types of financial assistance you qualify for. Our goal is to offer quality truck driver courses at an affordable cost to students.

CDL Training Variety

At DDA, you can choose from three different CDL training programs that will fit with your current skill level so you can meet your professional goals.

The CDL Basic training program, you are looking at 4-weeks of hands-on training. The Advanced CDL training program will require a bit more training, running 20-weeks for daytime classes, and 30 for the evening schedule. Admissions Representatives will help you cover the basics needed for entry into the program. The 3-week CDL prep class will help you stay sharp behind the wheel and improve your driving skills.

What Do These Programs Cost?

Tuition costs will vary, depending on which program you enroll in, if you qualify or use any sort of financial aid, or if you attend school through a carrier sponsorship program. At DDA, we offer a variety of financial aid options that can assist students in paying for their driving school costs.

Admissions staff can help provide with exact costs for each CDL training program and can help with registration and enrollment.

What’s covered in Tuition?

All Training Materials: Students are not required to purchase any additional supplies, books, or tools other than their DOT Physical Examination and Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

Intensive Classroom Instruction: in-class hours cover standards, qualifications, regulations, logging, ICC Safety Regulations, and preventive maintenance.

Maneuvering and Driver Training: docking, blindside parking, offset alleys, parallel parking, cornering and many other maneuvering techniques, basic hookup, and preventative maintenance and pre-trip inspection.

Road Driving: hands-on training in the driver’s seat.

Keep The Big Picture In Mind

While having to pay for your truck driving school may seem challenging, there are options and ways to help bring the costs down. Talk to a school representative today about programs that cover most (or even all) of your training costs! Drivers entering the industry make an average of $45,000+ in their first year with great potential for growth beyond their initial forays into the industry.

Whether you are just starting, changing, or advancing your career, getting your CDL license at DDA will help you earn positions with top companies offering great pay and competitive benefits.

Now that you are ready to take the next step as a truck driver, contact us to get started on your path to driving freedom. After all, there is no better time than right now to start work towards your new career!

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