CDL-A Professional Truck Driving
Accelerated Job Training,
Offered through Accelerated Job Training
@ Forest Park
The CDL-A Professional Truck Driving program is a 200 hour program which prepares the graduate to enter the commercial driving industry as an over-the-road truck driver. Students will rotate through a combination of classroom, driving simulator time and 45 hours of driving.
Professional Truck Driving Training Program
There is a strong and growing demand for professional truck drivers. The Truck Driving program’s comprehensive curriculum provides students with the substantial knowledge and practical skills necessary to become an entry-level over-the-road or local truck driver. Since 2015, we have trained hundreds of students to become safe and responsible drivers.
The CDL-A program consists of 200 hours of instruction conducted over 5 weeks (day class) or 8 weeks (evening class). No prior knowledge or experience in truck driving is required. Students will receive ample time behind the wheel learning how to maneuver trucks into parking spaces, advance shifting skills on the driving range, plus drive on city and highway roadways. Backing and driving skills are developed through classroom, lab, range and roadway experiences. The program also covers trucking industry regulations, trip planning, how to complete appropriate safety inspections and paperwork. Upon successful completion of the program, students take the CDL-A exam with the Missouri Highway Patrol to earn their license before starting their new career as a professional truck driver.
The training program exceeds the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Proposed Minimum Standards for Training Tractor Trailer Drivers. All transportation programs are improved and updated by a program advisory committee, comprised of successful companies within the trucking industry. Residents of Missouri and Illinois meeting program eligibility requirements are accepted. Residents of other states accepted on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon laws of the home state.
“Training at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park was an enjoyable experience. The training was complete and fun, and the instructors were knowledgeable and nice. I began working for a great company right after the class ended.” - Kirk Pennington, December 2016 graduate.
Upcoming Class Start Dates
Registering Daytime Classes Now:
Starting June 4 (5 weeks, Mon-Fri) 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Starting July 2 (5 weeks, Mon-Fri) 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Registering Evening Class Now:
May 29 to July 20 (8 weeks, Mon-Fri) 5-10 p.m.
Course Outline for 5-Week (day) and 8-Week (evening) Programs
- Trip planning and FMCSA regulations, including hours of service.
- Safety and vehicle control, including shifting a manual transmission.
- Pre-trip Inspection.
- Backing maneuvers: straight-line, off-set, parallel, and alley dock.
- Road driving (variety of roadways).
Eligibility Requirements for Program Registration
- Must attend a free Truck Driving information session. Call 314-984-7777 to register. Information sessions are held at 9:30 a.m. on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Thursday of each month and at 5 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
- Valid driver’s license (Missouri or Illinois).
- Minimum of two years of recent, good driving history.
- High school graduate or equivalent and at least 21 years old.
- Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit for CDL-A.
- Complete online application.
- Pass DOT physical and drug test within two weeks prior to class start date.
- WorkKeys assessment scores of reading-4, math-3, and locating information-3.
During the free Truck Driving information session, you will be provided with details regarding the training program options, as well as the following:
- How to study for and obtain the appropriate commercial learner’s permit prior to class, and what should be included (general knowledge, combination and air brakes, plus the recommended endorsements). Where to obtain a recent driving record for review and approval by the Career Pathway coach.
- Where to take a WorkKeys Assessment.
- When to take your DOT physical and drug test (forms and directions will be provided upon paid registration).
- Funding opportunities to explore, such as Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds available through Career Centers for eligible participants, SkillUp funding for eligible SNAP recipients, apprenticeship program with select employers, and more.
Please call 314-984-7777 to register for a free information session and complete the online application. Completing the application is not considered a course registration.
Still have questions? Contact Bahi Talundzic, Career Pathway Coach, at 314-644-9786 or email@example.com
Drug Test and DOT Physical: $150