CDL-A Truck Driving


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.

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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.

Our thorough curriculum exceeds the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Proposed Minimum Standards for Training Tractor Trailer Drivers, ensuring you receive training and behind-the-wheel experience employers value.

STLCC’s Truck Driving Program Delivers:

  • 40 hours of classroom instruction emphasizing safety, FMCSR regulations, trip planning and more
  • 160 hours of behind-the-wheel and important hands‑on learning: pre‑trip inspections, skilled backing maneuvers, road time on a variety of roadways
  • Before going on the road, experience driving on a high-tech simulator in a safe environment
  • 4:1 student-teacher ratio
  • Highly respected training recognized by employers as thorough, individualized and effective
  • Experience 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

Upcoming Class Start Dates:

Registering day classes now:

5 weeks, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Upcoming cohort start date(s): Feb. 10

Take the first step by registering for a free information session

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must attend a free truck driving information session
    • View upcoming information session dates and times here.
    • Register online or by calling 314-984-7777
  • 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
    • Workplace Documents - 4
    • Applied Math - 3
    • Graphic Literacy - 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

Tuition: $5,000 | Need-based WIOA and SkillUP funding may be available.
Drug test and DOT physical: $150

CDL Resource Links

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

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