Frequently Asked Questions

What CDL Endorsement should I get?

We recommend you get all endorsements, even if you are not sure that you will use any or all of them in the job you have or will have, it will help you stand out as a candidate and can create new opportunities in the future.

Can felons get their CDL and find a job?

Yes! Many states allow felons to obtain their CDL permit. It is possible to become prohibited from getting your CDL if your CDL involved the use of a commercial vehicle. Generally, if you have a felony on your record that is not related to the use or misuse of a commercial vehicle, you should have no trouble getting your CDL, regardless of whether or not you have a felony on your record. Arkansas and Oklahoma will allow you to get your commercial drivers license and become a professional truck driver.

Another way of finding a job as a convicted felon is to find a carrier that will hire you. There are quite a few large carriers that will hire someone with a felony on their record and many of the carriers we place drivers with will hire felons. They are more than happy give people another chance to get back into the workforce.

We are ready to assist you in getting employed as a truck driver, even if you have a felony on your record. Ask about the job placement services we provide our students.

What does the CDL test cover?

To pass your skills test and obtain your CDL, there are three components including a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a road driving test, and a backing skills test.

What if I fail the CDL skills test?

Although we maintain a very high pass-rate for test takers, test failure can occur. Failing a test is not the end of the line! Students are given an opportunity to practice the skills that they need more work on and re-test. Each state can be different, but Arkansas and Oklahoma will allow students to skip the parts they have already passed during re-testing.

How long does it take to get a CDL?

The Class A CDL course to become a professional truck driver can be completed in as little as four weeks with the federally mandated 160 training hours. The testing is scheduled at the next available date after the required course hours are completed.

Do I need my learner's permit before attending CDL school?

Our program includes helping you complete the steps to get your CLP (Commercial Learner’s Permit) so it is not necessary to acquire it before you enroll.

What does the CDL driving skills test cover?

There will be three parts to the skills test: an inspection of the vehicle prior to the trip, a road test, and a driving test.

What is included in the pre-trip vehicle inspection?

You will be required to inspect the vehicle’s main components, including belts, hoses, air brakes, and lights. The inspection will include components inside and outside of the cab, and you will have to point them out and explain what you’re looking for.

If I am not ready to take the CDL skills test, will I be forced to take it?

Safety is our top priority, and our responsibility is to make sure you’re ready. If you need more time to train before testing we are able to make arrangements to ensure your level of comfort and proficiency.

Will I have to sign an employment contract for CDL School?

By attending CDL Academy, you are under no obligation to sign with any particular company for employment. Our independently enrolled students have lots of opportunities to meet with recruiters from companies and find a job that best fits their needs.

Is there a CDL School near me?

We have multiple locations and are continuing to grow.

If you do not live close to one of our campuses now, ask about nearby lodging opportunities and learn if you may be qualified for financial aid.

What is tuition reimbursement?

Trucking companies offer tuition reimbursement as a way of reimbursing employees for educational expenses. Generally, tuition is paid out every month as long as the driver remains employed. We work with several trucking companies that offer tuition reimbursement.

What is the difference between a Class A CDL and a Class B CDL?

In short, the basic answer to this question is that students who receive Class A CDL training can become entry-level commercial truck drivers who can drive over-the-road, regionally, or locally.

Class B CDLs allow you to drive vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds, such as tow trucks, dump trucks, delivery trucks, and utility trucks.

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