Whether you’re looking for your first job or it’s about time for a change in careers, Truck Driver Institute’s CDL truck driver training in Sanford is widely known as one of the most respected truck driving schools in Florida. Serving the Orlando area for over 23 years, the 12+ acre facility is a spacious, modern training center.


TDI began in 1973, and we’ve been training CDL drivers for many decades. Because of our graduates’ track record of success, we’ve created great professional relationships with the top carriers in the U.S.A..

Continue reading to learn more about how TDI grads are sought after in the industry, and how getting your new career in truck driving started is easier at TDI than any other truck driving school in Florida.




Need to brush up on your truck driving skills? Are you having a hard time finding employment because you have been out of a truck for too long? Has your CDL expired? Do you need more training before you start a new career?

TDI offers a CDL refresher course for those that need more experience behind the wheel. Train on Class A and Class B vehicles (automatic and manual), and prepare for a variety of jobs in the trucking industry. Get your knowledge up to speed and get your career on the road.

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Truck Driving Schools in Florida: What Is It Like to Get Your CDL at TDI?

Because we believe that getting in the driver’s seat is just as important as classroom time, courses are a mixture of classroom and behind-the-wheel training to ensure that you leave our training facilities with the skills, knowledge, and experience that major transportation companies are looking for from their rookie drivers.

Driving a big truck is all about confidence, and you build valuable skills and techniques on our private driving course here at TDI. This is a great place to learn because you don’t have to worry about making mistakes on the public roads or interstates.

While training at the Sanford, Florida truck driving school, you will learn both the technical and the operational aspects of driving a semi-truck. Some of the technical information you will learn will include maintaining driver logs, reading maps, trip planning and conducting a pre-trip safety inspection of your vehicle. These more technical topics are included in our classroom sessions, and they tend to be just as important as driving the truck itself.

The hands-on portion of our training program puts you behind the wheel of a full-sized 18 wheeler while you learn shifting techniques, turning maneuvers and safely backing up the vehicle. Once you’ve mastered handling the tractor trailer forwards and backward, you’ll be tested on-site for your Florida Class A CDL License!

Because our course offerings cover every aspect of what it takes to become an organized, efficient, and skilled truck driver, TDI grads are fully equipped to enter the workforce straight out of school.

Want a convenient place to take your CDL exam?

Truck Driver Institute offers outside CDL testing at this location for all students, regardless of their affiliation with TDI.

TDI’s Job Placement System

At TDI, your success as a commercial driver is our priority. That’s why we begin to find the best job for you before you walk through our doors for the first time. Our program works in three parts to ensure the best chances for each of our students.

First, we perform a pre-hire CDL job screening. This takes place before your training even begins, and we make sure you’re qualified to work with one of our many carrier partners.

After this, job placement at TDI is an ongoing process. It begins by finding the best job for you during your training. Our students work closely with our placement specialists while they learn to create a personalized employment plan. This plan is based on your interests, skills, and individual situation.

If you haven’t secured a job by the time you graduate, we continue to work with you during  your post graduation period. This is a free and ongoing service.

Part of what makes TDI one of the best truck driving schools in Florida is our firm commitment to each student’s success. Although we can’t guarantee jobs through TDI for each student, our job placement program currently has a success rate of over 90%.

This incredible record is maintained by the professional partnerships we’ve made with the nation’s best carriers over the decades. They know TDI grads have what it takes to work for their companies.

Jon and Tammy Walker

Truck Driver Institute was the best choice for us. TDI allowed us to explore all carriers opportunities. The instructors were top notch, caring supportive and patient. We would recommend TDI to anyone interested in a career in the trucking industry.

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Our Sanford Truck Driving School Location is Near Orlando

The Sanford campus is conveniently located right off of I-4, just East of Orlando, Florida, making it easy to commute for your daily CDL training classes.

Sanford is a central city in Florida, making it one of the easiest truck driving schools in Florida to access no matter where you live.

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Don’t Live In the Sanford Area?

Many of our students live out of area but still choose our truck driving schools in Florida because of the high-quality training and established partnerships with major carriers throughout the United States. That’s why we offer lodging for our out-of-town students.

If you’re ready to attend TDI, one of the top truck driving schools in Florida, get your new career started today by contacting us online or calling us at  800-848-7364.

Our Sanford Locations Is Your Truck Driving School in Florida

3700 St Johns Pkwy
Sanford, FL 32771
United States (US)
Phone: 1-800-848-7364

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*For Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33) students and VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch 31) students, our tuition policy complies with 38 USC 3679(e) which means Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment students will not be charged or otherwise penalized due to a delay in VA tuition and fee payments.  For eligibility consideration, a Post 9/11 GI Bill student must submit a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Student must provide a VAF 28-1905 form. Students must provide school with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) prior to beginning class, but not later than the first day of training. A print screen of Statement of Benefits page will be accepted in lieu of COE and verification of benefits will be required.  Please see 38 USC 3679(e) for complete details. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at