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Truck Driving Program – Class A CDL

Professional Truck Driver Training Programs

At St. Louis Community College, experienced instructors care about your success. We meet with Industry advisory boards made up of employers to help continuously improve our program and stay up to date with industry trends to ensure you are ready to start your first job. We only use industry standard 9-speed or 10-speed manual transmissions, with air brakes, for all of your training, so you will not have any restrictions on your license. You will learn in Freightliner or International conventional tractors that will be similar to what you will use on the job. For the Class A program, you will learn with 53’ trailers. Upon completing our Class A or B training program, you'll be prepared to go to work in your new career as a professional driver.

Kirk Pennington, December 2016 graduate
“Training at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park was an enjoyable experience. The training was complete and fun, and the instructors were knowledgeable and nice. I began working for a great company right after the class ended.” - Kirk Pennington, December 2016 graduate.

St. Louis Community College offers you different CDL training programs and course options. Choose the CDL training program that will help you meet your professional goals and objectives.

Class A CDL Program
$5,000 tuition plus $150 for Drug Test and DOT Physical

  • 5 Weeks, Mon-Fri Day Classes
  • 8 Weeks, Evening Classes (available March through October)

The 5 week, 200 Hour Program is designed to train the beginner to enter the transportation industry as an entry-level professional driver, using a combination vehicle. This program provides the student with more than the necessary requirements to fulfill a carrier pre-hire training requirement. The program includes the required pre-trip inspection, basic skills, and road test required in order to obtain a Class A CDL (commercial drivers license).

Class B CDL Program
$1,750 tuition plus $150 for Drug Test and DOT Physical

  • 2 Weeks, Mon-Fri Day Classes
  • 2-1/2 Weeks, Evening Classes (available March through October)

The 2 week, 60 Hour Program is designed to train the beginner to enter the transportation industry as an entry-level driver. This program provides the student with more than the necessary requirements to fulfill a pre-hire training requirement for driving dump trucks, cement trucks, box trucks, and garbage trucks. The program includes the required pre-trip inspection, basic skills, and road test required in order to obtain a Class B CDL (commercial drivers license).

CDL Refresher or Reinstatement Training
$1,200 tuition

  • 20 hour private lesson

Need a refresher course in order to obtain employment or to pass a carrier or trucking company road test? This 20-hour private lesson provides training in vehicle inspection, shifting, backing and road skills. Unlike the entry level course, you must already have a valid Class A CDL (or proof of a lapsed Class A CDL), and proof of completing a truck driver training program (at STLCC or elsewhere).

Take your career on the road with the STLCC Trucking Driving program.

Job Placement and Salary

Truck driving jobs are plentiful. Our graduates typically have several job offers, and have gone to work for numerous companies such as Schneider, Averitt Express, Werner, Dart, MoDOT, RBX, FW, Hogan, Maverick, AC Trucking, Melton, PTL, TMC, Witte Bros, Kienstra, St. Louis Composting, STi, Vega, Cisco, DOT Foods, JB Hunt and more.

Graduates can expect starting pay averaging $40,000, with potential for income growth with experience.

Tuition Assistance

Students have several options to explore for Class A & B Training. A variety of funding may be available to qualifying individuals through governmental programs, non-profit organizations, or personal loans. Below are some options that may be available:

Dislocated, Unemployed & Under-employed Individuals

  • Training funds from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and other grant funded initiatives may be available through the St. Louis-area American Job Centers.
  • Training funds from the Missouri Employment and Training Program (METP) may be available for individuals currently receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Tuition Reimbursement

Most of the STLCC carrier partners will offer you tuition reimbursement to help you pay for your training. Get up to 100% of your training costs reimbursed to you. Reimbursement timelines vary from carrier to carrier.

Self-Pay

Other financing options may be available through your personal resources, such as family members, friends, your bank or financial institution.

Non-profit Organizations

STLCC maintains strong partnerships with several area non-profit organizations that may have grant funding available to pay for your training based on your individual situation.

Company Sponsorships

Some companies are willing to sponsor a limited number of students.

Get Started Now

  • Register for a free information session today: 314-984-7777.
  • Information sessions are provided prior to class registration and designed to help answer all of your questions.
  • Click the “Apply Now” link on the top left side of the page to complete an application.