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CDL-A Professional Truck Driving

Accelerated Job Training,
Professional Development

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.

Program Contact

Phone

314-644-9786

Information Sessions

Join us any Thursday to learn more about the Professional Truck Driving training program and to start the enrollment process.

Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 9:30 a.m. (lasts 1 hour)
Location: 5460 Highland Park Building, St. Louis Community College Forest Park Campus
Park in Lot E, then walk across street to 5460 Highland Park Building. Sessions held in classroom near front door.

Professional truck drivers are in high demand.

Enjoy financial security with a career that takes you where you want to go.

STLCC’s comprehensive truck driving program helps prepare you for a well-paying career in commercial truck driving, one of the fastest growing opportunities in the United States today. Gain substantial knowledge and practical skills needed to become an entry-level over-the-road or local truck driver.

The thorough curriculum exceeds the U.S. Department of Transportation's and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (DOT-FMCSA) Standards for Training Tractor Trailer Drivers, ensuring you receive training and behind-the-wheel experience employers value.

STLCC’s Truck Driving Program Delivers:

  • Classroom and lab instruction emphasizing safety, DOT regulations, trip planning, pre-trip inspections and more.
  • Several hours of mastering skilled backing maneuvers, as well as urban, rural and highway driving.
  • Experience shifting gears on a simulator in a safe environment.
  • A 4:1 student-teacher ratio.
  • Highly respected training recognized by employers as thorough, individualized and effective for Class A CDL preparation.
  • Training and credentials you can take to employers of your choice.
"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, graduate

Class schedules subject to change.

Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which may include, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements. For the latest requirements, review STLCC’s COVID-19 Information page.

Who Should Attend This Program?

Any individual, at least 21 year of age, with a good driving record, and a valid driver’s license, interested in starting a career as a transportation professional.

Apply online for Professional Truck Driver training

Cost of Program

Tuition: $5,750 | Need-based funding may be available.
DOT drug test: $65
DOT physical: $85

Schedule

5 weeks, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Upcoming cohorts:

Start Date End Date Eligibility & Enrollment Deadline
Nov. 8 Dec. 14 Oct. 29
Jan. 10 Feb. 11 Dec. 17
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Eligibility:

The following items/steps/qualifications are required:

  • A valid driver's license,
  • A recent copy of motor vehicle driving record for review (good driving record required),
  • A Commercial learner’s permit (Class A without air brake restriction),
  • Participants must be 21 years of age or older,
  • Upon enrollment, you will be sent for a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test and DOT Physical. A negative DOT drug test and a successful DOT Physical are required to be eligible to drive a combination motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 lbs in class.
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate a level of English language proficiency through STLCC's ESL Assessment,
  • Taking a WorkKeys Assessment is recommended and may be required to be eligible for external funding. Minimum WorkKeys Scores:
    Workplace Documents - 4
    Applied Math - 3
    Graphic Literacy - 4

How to Get Started:

Complete an online application and attend an information session. Download the fact sheet and intake checklist to learn more about this program and prepare for upcoming classes.

  1. Complete online application.
  2. Attend an information session on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to begin the enrollment process.
  3. Download the Truck Driving Information packet.

Registration

After you have completed the online application, attended an information session and completed the checklist (inside Truck Driving Information packet), please contact Bahi Talundzic, coordinator, at 314-644-9786 or italundzic@stlcc.eduto:

  1. Schedule an appointment to provide required documentation
  2. Register and pay for tuition and fees
  3. Take the DOT Drug Test and DOT Physical

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the CDL-A Professional Truck Driving program at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park. Please attend an in-person information session at Forest Park to learn about eligibility and program details. A tour will be provided. If you are unable to attend a session, please provide the following information and the coordinator will contact you.
 

 

Refund of Fees

Refund of full tuition cost with notification of withdrawal in writing six (6) business days prior to first class. There is no refund of fees for the DOT Drug Test and DOT Physical.

Requests for withdrawals must be submitted in writing to the Professional Truck Driving supervisor or coordinator in person at STLCC - Forest Park, 5460 Highland Park Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110, by email to italundzic@stlcc.edu, or by mail to: STLCC Professional Truck Driving, 5460 Highland Park Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110. Calculation of refunds will be based on the date the request is received in person, via email, or postmarked date.

  • 50% tuition refund within five (5) days prior to the first day of class through the 5th day of class
  • 25% tuition refund from the 6th day through the 10th day of class.
  • 13% tuition refund from the 11th day through the 15th day of class.
  • No refund after the 15th day of class

CDL Resource Links

CDL Job Now
Free CDL Practice Tests
Truck Driving Jobs in Missouri

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