Truck Driver Institute is enriching the community by offering a truck driving school Tuscaloosa that residents trust. We provide access and a pathway to viable professions in the transportation industry to lead you to a bright future. Give us three weeks, and we’ll give you an exciting, in-demand career that can change your life.

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Our Tuscaloosa truck driving school is a hands-on, comprehensive vocational school where students receive knowledgeable training from experts in the industry. Our facility provides spacious classrooms, modern technology, and a variety of training vehicles for hands-on training. Our instructors are some of the best; they know how to handle both trucks and challenging situations. They are there to impart their wisdom to you.

Upon completion of our program, you’ll be prepared to take the Class A CDL license test. Our certified truck driving school in Alabama offers Class A CDL License testing on-site.



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Why Truck Driver Institute?

Our certified truck driving school in Tuscaloosa, AL pairs the latest equipment with the most comprehensive training. Truck Driver Institute’s CDL Training Tuscaloosa instructors are industry leaders who adapt our respected truck driving course material to personally reach and accommodate your learning style. They will work with you to help make you the most prepared truck driver. They have years of combined experience waiting to be used by you.

We pre-screen all of our students using guidelines from our partnering carriers to make sure that truck driving is truly the right career path and personal fit for them. That way, the student doesn’t waste their time and we don’t waste our resources by training them. Because we go the extra mile with all of our students and alums, we want to ensure that everyone is happy and we join in an equal partnership.

You come to us to earn a professional Class A CDL License, not to sit in a classroom for months. That’s why Truck Driver Institute helps you plan the next step in your career immediately after you enroll with us, so that you can walk out of our doors and onto a job. When you start our program, you’ll be assigned to a staff member who will work with you to determine which carriers meet your career goals. We prepare truck drivers ready to join the workforce and begin their truck driving careers–not someone who has to sit around for years before they start.

At Truck Driver Institute, we’re proud to be the largest Class A CDL school East of the Rockies not controlled by a trucking company. Rather than being a carrier’s hiring mill cleverly disguised as a truck driving school, Truck Driver Institute’s CDL Training Tuscaloosa provides comprehensive training and uses the connections we’ve built over nearly 50 years to place you with the carriers you choose. Our truck driving partners know that we train the best and want the best for them. We ensure our students and alums are matched with the best possible employer for what they want from a job–not just someone to fill an empty truck driving seat in a semi-truck.

Our staff has an over 86% success rate in placing our graduates in the careers they want. Most of our graduates receive a competitive CDL job offer before they’ve completed our program–and this doesn’t just include truck driving positions. There are many opportunities within the truck driving field, and although driving a vehicle is one of them, so is becoming a dispatcher mechanic or manager. No matter the stage you’re in, our staff will ensure you’re matched with the best option for you.

When you leave Truck Driver Institute, you dive into your career and start earning a steady paycheck. The average starting salary for truck drivers ranges from $700-$1000 a week–not to mention benefits!

Truck Driver Institute’s free hiring services are always available to our graduates. If your regional interests or career goals change, just give us a call. We’ll match you to a company that meets your needs. We love reconnecting with our students and helping them continue to advance in the transportation industry.

Given our expansive and modern facilities, trusted training material, and effective hiring services, it’s easy to see why TDI Tuscaloosa is chosen by more students and carriers than any other Alabama truck driving 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.

What to Expect from Our Certified Truck Driving School in Alabama

You arrive at our CDL Training Tuscaloosa campus a novice, and after just three weeks in our immersive program, you leave an expert.

Each of our instructors has logged millions of miles while driving in the transportation industry, and we are constantly looking to them for input. Because Truck Driver Institute actively reassesses and updates our program, our information is never out-of-date, and our methods always reflect our industries’ best practices. Tuition to attend our certified truck driving school in Alabama is $5,995.  

Jon and Tammy Walker

Tennessee truck driving schoolTruck 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.

Benefits of Becoming a TDI Truck Driver

Besides learning from excellent instructors on an accessible, hands-on course, there are many other benefits to working and training with TDI. 

  1. Employer-matching
    1. One of our most significant and most popular benefits is our employer-matching program. Our pre-screening allows us to gauge how committed our potential students are and which of our partners they may be best matched with. 
  2. Independence
    1. As a truck driver, you’ll have the opportunity to be an independent employee and driver as you choose your schedule, which company you work for, which freights you take on, whether you drive nationally or regionally, and more. You will have the independence to work independently and make the choices that will boost your career. 
  3. Career-support
    1. Along with our employer-matching program–which will always be available to you as a Truck Driver Institute alumni–we also provide other career support. Our top-notch instructors are there to answer all your questions, and your staff mentor is there to help you. 
  4. Salary
    1. As a truck driver, you’ll earn an excellent salary from your training. With the thorough training you’ll get with TDI, you’ll be an experienced truck driver even without many years of on-the-road experience. Moreover, truck drivers have access to competitive wages–which means you’re likely to make more as your experience grows and the years go by. 
  5. Flexibility
    1. As a truck driver with TDI, you’ll have the flexibility of schedule and the flexibility of your employer. You get to choose your schedule and the one you’re driving for. If you’re matched with an employer and then decide that they aren’t the perfect match, you just have to give us a call and let us know–and we’ll rematch you. We want to make sure that you have the best opportunities for your truck driving career. 
  6. Community
    1. With TDI’s training, you’ll train with many other potential drivers in the same boat as you–meaning plenty of people to form a truck driving community with and gain advice!

Our Tuscaloosa Truck Driving School Offers Class A and B CDL Training

Although we focus more on the Class A CDL here at TDI, we also offer training for the Class B CDL. 

The Class A CDL allows you to drive everything up to a full size semi-truck. The standard 18 wheeler requires a Class A commercial drivers license. A Class B CDL allows you to drive a vehicle which can carry less than 10,000 pounds and has a single-axle trailer. This means Class B drivers can drive all kinds of busses, box trucks, deliver trucks, dump trucks, tilt beds, tour busses, passenger vans, and more!

It’s worth mentioning that the Class B CDL is restricted to the state in which it was issued, meaning you can’t drive between states to work long-haul jobs. On the other hand, it’s perfect for professionals who are seeking regional driving careers. Start your truck driving journey today with Truck Driver Institute.

Our 15-day Intensive Class Has Three Sections: 

Week 1: Classroom: You’ll begin learning the technical aspects of truck driving in our Tennessee truck driving school’s classrooms. Our instructors work with you until you’re confident in the written CDL permit’s subject matter, such as:

  • Trip planning 
  • Recording your driver’s log
  • Surveying maps
  • Smith systems 
  • Weight scales legal requirements
  • Cargo Claims
  • Fundamental Mechanic Abilities 

At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to showcase what you’ve learned on the written CDL permit test. 

Week 2:  Hands-on Training: Now that you have your written CDL permit, you’ll begin your hands-on training. Under the guidance of an instructor, you’ll operate a full-sized 18-wheeler on our expansive off-road driving range, practicing straight line and offset backing. We’ll also make sure you’re capable of performing pre-trip inspections to assess the operational safety of your vehicle. As week two comes to a close, you’ll transition to driving on the road. We ease you into this next phase by introducing you to low-traffic driving scenarios. 

Week 3: Advanced Skills, Testing, and Graduation: Now that you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to build on what you’ve learned and acquire advanced skills. You’ll be given a chance to hone your technique on both the driving range and highway. Additionally, we’ll make sure you’re comfortable and confident operating your vehicle in the nighttime driving environment. Once you’ve added the highest difficulty skill sets to your driving repertoire, you’re ready to take your CDL Driving Skills Test-Highway/Street Testing. Truck Driver Institute’s certified truck driving school in Tennessee offers testing on-site. Once you’ve taken and passed your exams, you’ll graduate from Truck Driver Institute’s Tuscaloosa area campus, and begin your career. 

Don’t Live In the Tuscaloosa, AL Area?

You don’t have to be a resident of Alabama to attend our CDL Training Tuscaloosa. Our Tuscaloosa truck driving school’s respected coursework and established partnerships with major carriers across the country attracts students from neighboring states and beyond. At Truck Driver Institute, we work to help you succeed in every way we can, which is why we provide our out-of-town students with comfortable lodging within a short commute to our Tuscaloosa, AL truck driving school campus.

Our Tuscaloosa, AL Truck Driving School Location

4939 U.S. 78
Oxford, AL 36203
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
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The Truck Driver Institute of Florida, Inc. gives public notice of its’ policy to uphold and assure full compliance with the non-discrimination requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related Nondiscrimination authorities. Title VI and related Nondiscrimination authorities stipulate that no person in the United States of America shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, income level or Limited English Proficiency be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Any person who desires more information regarding Truck Driver Institute of Florida, Inc.’s Title VI Program can contact its Title VI Coordinator – Mark Carey — at the address noted below. Any person who believes they have, individually or as a member of any specific class of persons, been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, income level or Limited English Proficiency has the right to file a formal complaint. Any such complaint must be in writing and submitted within 180 days following the date of the alleged occurrence to: Title VI Program Coordinator Mark Carey / Truck Driver Institute of Florida, Inc. PO Box 1599 Murfreesboro TN 37133 615-895-2070