What is CDL Training?

Truck Drivers are required to hold a Class A CDL license in order to drive their tractor-trailers both in state and on long trips across state lines.

In order to get a Class A CDL License, you need to have a minimum of 160 hours of combined classroom and behind the wheel training driving a truck.

Truck Driving Schools, like Roadmaster, teach you everything you need to know to get your Class A CDL license in as little as 3-4 weeks.

Once you have your Class A CDL you are ready to head to your new employer for additional training.

Which type of CDL license do I need?

Since April of 1992, all drivers have been required to have a CDL in order to drive a Commercial Motor Vehicle. Tractor-trailers require advanced skills and knowledge above and beyond those required to drive a car or other lightweight vehicle.

  • A Class A CDL License is needed to operate any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. Vehicles requiring a Class A CDL license are primarily tractor-trailers driving long distances.
  • A Class B CDL License is needed to operate any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds. Vehicles requiring a Class B CDL license may include buses, dump trucks, tow trucks, delivery trucks and garbage trucks.

CDL Training at Roadmaster Drivers School

Roadmaster’s comprehensive Class A CDL Training Program provides students with the necessary skills to begin driving a truck professionally. Our expert instructors provide both the hands-on training and the CDL knowledge needed to properly and safely operate a truck. Our Job Placement Assistance program helps students get pre-qualified for jobs before they even graduate school.

As a Roadmaster student, your training will include:

  • Hands-on time driving a truck at our practice facility and on the road in real world conditions
  • Map reading, trip planning and compliance with Department of Transportation laws
  • Detect and identify preventive maintenance problems on tractor-trailer units
  • Backing, turning and hooking/unhooking an industry standard 53ft trailer
  • Advanced truck driving techniques such as skid avoidance, breakaway trailer and hydroplaning

What sets Roadmaster apart?

Roadmaster is highly respected among CDL training schools because, in over twenty-five years of operation, we have proudly trained more than 100,000 men and women to make a living driving a truck. We are committed to helping future truckers pass the CDL knowledge and skills tests and get their new careers on the road in as few as 3-4 weeks!


Here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy as a Roadmaster student:

  • Comprehensive, hands-on truck driver training with expert Roadmaster instructors. From the classroom to the practice pad, our staff provides a safety-focused training program that will help prepare your for a career as a professional truck driver.
  • Automatic & Manual Transmission Trucks are available at all of our locations. You will learn how to drive both so that you are prepared for wherever your career takes you.
  • Top-notch practice equipment and facilities, including spacious classrooms and computer labs, specially designed field-driving courses and late-model tractor-trailers exclusively for student training.
  • Classes that focus on CDL license exam preparation and skills necessary to become a professional truck driver.
  • Multiple Training Locations nationwide. We can also help arrange hotel and travel for students who live far away.
  • Many locations allow you take you CDL License exam right at the school. Some states, however, require you to take the test at their location. Roadmaster can help provide transportation to and from off-site CDL testing facilities for those who need it.
  • Trucking companies send representatives to our schools looking to hire our graduates. They will explain what pay and benefit packages that they offer so that you can compare who you want to work for.
  • Job Placement Assistance helps our graduate find work before they even finish school. You may be pre-hired by a trucking company before you even graduate!
  • Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify. We work with students with all types of credit histories to try to help them pay for school.

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