CDL-A Professional Truck Driving

CDL-A Professional Truck Driving

Program Description

The CDL-A Professional Truck Driving program is a 200 hour program which prepares the graduate to enter the commercial driving industry as an over-the-road-truck driver.

  • Classroom lab instruction emphasizing safety, FMCSR regulations, trip planning, pre-trip inspections and more.
  • Several hours of mastering skilled backing maneuvers, as well as urban, rural and highway driving.
  • Experience shifting gears on a high-tech simulator in a safe environment.
  • A 4:1 student-teacher ratio.
  • Highly respected training recognized by employers as thorough, individualized and effective.
  • Training and credentials you can take to employers of your choice.

Program Goals

  • Prepare you for a well-paying career in commercial truck driving, one of the fastest growing opportunities in the United States today.
  • Gain substantial knowledge and practical skills needed to become an entry-level over-the-road or local truck driver.
  • Ensures you receive the training and behind-the-wheel experience employers value by having course curriculum that exceeds the "Entry-Level Driver Training" (ELDT) standards mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


The following items/steps/qualifications are required:

  • A valid driver's license,
  • A recent copy of motor vehicle driving record for review (good driving record required),
  • A Commercial learner’s permit (Class A without air brake restriction),
  • Participants must be 21 years of age or older,
  • Upon enrollment, you will be sent for a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test and DOT Physical. A negative DOT drug test and a successful DOT Physical are required to be eligible to drive a combination motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 lbs in class.
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate a level of English language proficiency through STLCC's ESL Assessment,
  • Taking a WorkKeys Assessment is recommended and may be required to be eligible for external funding.
    • Minimum WorkKeys Scores:
      • Workplace Documents:  4
      • Applied Math: 3
      • Graphic Literacy: 4

Program Location

STLCC - Forest Park

Program Cost

  • Tuition: $5,750 
  • DOT drug test: $65
  • DOT physical: $85

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is not Federal Financial Aid/Pell Eligible. Need-based funding may be available.

How to Get Started

Start the enrollment process by visiting the CDL-A Professional Truck Driving page.