How to Get Class A CDL License in 3 Weeks and Become a Working Truck Driver

A serious shortage exists in some segments of the trucking industry. It’s not a shortage of freight or equipment; it’s a shortage of men and women qualified to drive trucks.

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Currently, there is a truck driver shortage of approximately 20,000 drivers per year. This number is expected to increase to 111,000 drivers per year. The shortage is just basic economics – the demand for professional truck drivers is growing faster than the number of new drivers. The industry is desperate for new drivers. If you received your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) today, it’s almost certain there will be a job available for you tomorrow.

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 How to Get Class A CDL in 3 Weeks?

Choosing the right truck driver training program is a crucial first step in getting started in your new career. It’s important that the school you choose has an in-depth, hands-on training curriculum that will prepare you for an exciting career working with a major carrier. You have an important choice to make, and we want you to be informed.

At Truck Driver Institute, we have trained over 150,000 men and women how to get Class A CDL license,  and begin good-paying jobs as professional truck drivers. We have been putting America to work since 1973. So that means we have over 40 years experience training America’s truck drivers, and over 40 years running one of the top ranked driver training programs in the country.


Truck Driver Institute 154-Hour Course Summary

Week 1

  • Orientation
  • Drug Screen and DOT Physical Exam
  • CDL Instruction – General Knowledge
  • Sections 1, 2 & 3 of state CDL Manual
  • CDL Preparation
  • Section 5 Air Brakes
  • Section 6 Combination Vehicles
  • Take Written CDL Test
  • Log Books, hours and service requirements
  • How to Read a Map and Plan a Trip
  • Smith System
  • Weight Scales and Staying Legal
  • Cargo Claims
  • Basic Mechanical Knowledge

You must have tested for and passed your written permit to advance to week 2.

Week 2

  • Driving Range
  • Pre-trip Inspection
  • Backing Maneuvers, straight line and offset backing
  • Begin driving on the road — gradual progression from driving in low traffic, to light traffic, etc.

Week 3

  • Practice advanced driving skills on the driving range and on the highway
  • Night driving
  • CDL Driving Skills Test — Highway/Street Testing
  • Graduation


So, how do I take the next step?

We have friendly specialists who can answer your questions and give you all the information you need.

Call us at 1-800-848-7364 to begin the conversation now (M – F 8am – 5pm Central).  Otherwise, request more information via e-mail.

What should I do to get ready to start my training at CDL school?

There are several things we recommend you should be prepared to do for your first day of class:

  • pick up the CDL Manual from your state’s DMV and review sections 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6.The PDF version of the Driver Handbook is a large file. Download time may be slow.
  • you will need your state-issued driver’s license
  • you should have a complete 10-year work history
  • you should be prepared to provide work references


After school, then do I finally become a truck driver?

We know a big part of our job is to make sure you have the training and confidence to become a commercial truck driver. And, a very big part of our job is to help you find a carrier where you can put those new skills to work. At Truck Driver Institute, we have the resources and experience to do just that — we have been putting America to work since 1973.  Contact us today.


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Hear From TDI Truck Drivers That Started Out Just Like YOU:

  • They make you feel comfortable in the truck…. I just want to make some money… I am so thankful that I came here!  See Video

    Cody Wilson
    Cody Wilson
  • Within 2 weeks of graduating I received my Hazmat and my Class A CDL and opened up a thousand doors.  See Video

    Tim Crenshaw
    Tim Crenshaw
  • I had 9 felonies and no one would hire me…. they pay really good…. within just about a year of graduating I should be able to put down a deposit on my own truck.   See Video

    Mercedes Smith
    Mercedes Smith
  • In three weeks they got me trained and lined up with a job.  See Video

    Shawn Cooley
    Shawn Cooley
  • I decided to use my VA benefits and the GI Bill ended up paying for my entire school....In 3 weeks at TDI you’re guaranteed to get your CDL and go to the company of your choice and be starting to make some money.  See Video

    Troy Davidson
    Troy Davidson
  • TDI prepared me well for success… the cost was very, very fair... I liked TDI so well that I became a recruiter!  See Video

    Johnny Meads
    Johnny Meads

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