Truck driving school is at least 160 hours in the classroom learning and hands-on experience. The length of the CDL course depends on the CDL driving school. On average, trucking school is between 3-5 weeks. The type of CDL license can also influence the length of the CDL program. Class A CDL typically is a longer program than Class B CDL, due to the vehicles being larger and greater driving risks.
Private CDL schools, like SAGE, offer different programs for those who have no experience, to those who need a refresher course, and to others who need training for a specific CDL class. Students with no experience will need the full 160 hours. There are advanced programs for those who have some experience but need more hours, these courses are 80 hours over 2-3 weeks. Refresher courses are around 1-2 weeks or 40 hours. Externships are a hands-on driving experience for 10 weeks. Class B driving classes are completed in about 40 hours.
Trucking companies can sponsor a student’s school. Sponsored drivers may have a list of specific CDL schools that the company wants them to choose from. These schools can be shorter or longer, with tailored programs. Paid CDL schools are owned by larger trucking companies and quickly get you the qualifications you need to pass. However, no matter the school, new truck drivers are required to have at least 160 hours of schooling before earning a Class A CDL.