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CDL Combination Truck Driver Training


CDL - Combination

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$26,920 to $63,1401
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
4 weeks

A professional driving job means freedom, flexibility and solid earning potential. If you are ready to begin your exciting and rewarding journey in the transportation industry, Virginia College is the place to start. Our four-week Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL-A) training course could have you on your way to a new career in as little as four weeks!

Is Truck Driving a Good Career?

If you love to travel, enjoy an office with a window and a want the opportunity to have more earning potential, the answer is yes! A trucking job can give you the freedom to bring a loved one to work with you as a team driver. Team driving could increase your earning potential without sacrificing quality time with each other.

Virginia College in Birmingham's CDL Combination Truck Driver Training graduates discuss their ambitions and what they learned in the program.

Why You Should Get CDL Training for Trucking Jobs

If you think a truck driving career might be the right choice, you should know this: effective December 8, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established new minimum training standards for individuals applying for their CDL for the first time. Under the new guidelines, CDL testing sites are required to verify training prior to administering any skills tests.

CDL Training at Virginia College

Are you dissatisfied in your current working environment? Start preparing for a new career in as little as four weeks. Over that period, students will log 160 clock-hours in this course. Class times are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

After the first week, during which you’ll build the foundation for the rest of the program and prepare to pass the CDL Class A learner’s permit exam (allowing you to drive under the supervision of a certified instructor), you will spend much of your time in the cab of one our modern trucks. We limit our class sizes so you can benefit from our one-on-one driving instruction. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff have years of industry experience to mentor you through the learning process.

Everything is Included in the Tuition

The tuition for this commercial driving school program includes everything needed for your CDL training:

  • Books
  • DOT (Department of Transportation) Physical Examination
  • DOT drug and alcohol screening
  • Permit exam and license fees
  • Class A CDL exam and license fees

What We Teach in Our Commercial Driving School

This course includes training on:

  • Industry standards with a focus on federal and state regulations
  • Advanced defensive driving techniques
  • Vehicle inspection and basic troubleshooting
  • Completion of required records, log books and forms
  • Operating manual and automatic transmissions

We’ll Help Prepare You to Seek an Entry-Level Position

This four-week program is designed by experts to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to earn an Alabama Class A CDL (Commercial Driver License, required to drive combination tractor-trailers) and prepare them to seek driving jobs upon graduation.

Classroom lectures emphasize CDL permit preparation, general knowledge, air brake systems, combination vehicles, safe operating practices, state rules, regulations, and guidelines as outlined by part 383 of the FMCSR.

On-the-road operating practices are integrated into the development of driving skills and safety. The course will familiarize students with:

  • In-cab instrumentations and controls along with the performance of pre-trip inspections
  • Field exercise maneuvers as required by the issuing state
  • Safe driving. Students that demonstrate safe driving control will develop their driving skills under actual one-on-one road conditions.

You’ll Get Support for Your Job Search

Our Career Development team will assist with creating résumés, interview skills and contact with companies looking to hire our students. We have established relationships with many companies in the industry, and their representatives often visit Virginia College to give presentations and offer a real-world perspective to our students.

Here’s Another Advantage

Upon completion of this short program, state-certified examiners will test on-site. This means that our students will have already practiced maneuvers in the equipment they will use in the test—and on the actual testing grounds.

Roll With Us!

Classes start monthly, and there’s one forming now. Fill out the More Information form now and get your professional driving career rolling!

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1 The median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $41,340 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,140. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers, on the Internet at (visited October 19, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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