Professional Truck Driver Training Courses for California Class A CDL

Training at our California Truck Driving School

We currently offer 3 Class A truck driver training programs.


California Truck Driving School Programs

Professional Truck Driver (PTD) Program

Our Professional Truck Driver training program is ideal for individuals with no prior knowledge or experience in the truck driving industry. This basic level program is offered at the Visalia, Fresno, and Merced campuses. Students gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills needed to become a California truck driver. This course prepares you to take the written permit and behind-the-wheel exam in order to receive a Class A CDL with Endorsements. After getting your CDL, you will be eligible for employment as an entry-level driver.

How Long is the Program?

This California Class A CDL training will take 160 hours (4 weeks) to complete. Find the class time that best fits your schedule at our California Truck Driving School:

All locations have the same class times.
Daytime classes: 7:00AM – 3:30PM
Evening classes: 4:30PM – 9:00PM

What Will I Learn?

This California truck driving course will step you through the entire process of getting your Class A CDL, all within the 4 weeks of training at our school. In the beginning, you will receive classroom instruction to prepare for the DMV written CDL permit exam. The remaining part of the class will teach pre-trip inspection techniques, vehicle maintenance, emergency maneuvers, and all other behind-the-wheel skills required by the DMV.

Which Endorsements Can I Get With My Class A CDL License?

In addition to passing your written permit exam and CDL skills test at our school, you have the opportunity to obtain Endorsements, including:

  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicle
  • Doubles/Triples
  • Tankers
  • Hazardous Materials*

*Per Federal Regulations, additional criteria must be met to be approved for this Hazmat endorsement.

Note: You must pass the written CDL Permit exam and the behind-the-wheel driving exam with the DMV in order to pass this course. Students will not be permitted to drive on public roads until a CDL permit has been obtained.

Program costs for the transportation programs covers all classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction necessary to take the written & behind-the-wheel exams at the DMV.

Drug Screen, DOT Physical, and Class A permit with endorsements are non-refundable charges and are included in tuition. All Re-test fees will be the student’s responsibility.

As a nationally accredited institution, we are authorized to offer various financial aid programs to those who qualify, though Financial Aid is not available for all of our programs. Our Financial Aid staff will work with you to determine your eligibility, and complete the application process.

Click here for information on available Financial Assistance programs.
Admission to ACI and the Professional Truck Driver programs includes:

    -- Must be at least 18 years of age. (The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all interstate drivers be at least 21 years of age.  Applicants less than 21 years of age must provide a letter of intent to hire from a prospective employer.)
    -- Must have high school diploma or equivalent.
    -- Must provide a driving record free of current serious violations
    -- Must be able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical as required by Federal & State agencies.
    -- Must be able to pass a drug screen when administered.
    -- No felony convictions in the past five (5) years. All criminal records are subject to review and may be required to provide a letter of intent to hire from a prospective employer.
Your Admissions Officer will cover any and all additional enrollment requirements for those who wish to enroll at ACI as a regular student, and will provide a list of items that must be completed prior to enrollment.

Advanced Professional Truck Driver (APTD) Program at our California Truck Driving School

Our Advanced Professional Truck Driver training program provides the same foundational training offered in our Professional Truck Driver (PTD) program; however, students receive additional time to study for the written permit exam and fine tune their driving skills. This program is available at our Visalia, Fresno, and Merced campuses. California students who successfully complete this program at our school, pass their written permit and behind-the-wheel exams to receive their Class A CDL with Endorsements.

How Long is the Program?

This Central Valley driver training program will be 240 hours (6 weeks) in length. Choose between our two class times below at our California Truck Driving School:

All locations have the same class times.
Daytime classes: 7:00AM – 3:30PM
Evening classes: 4:30PM – 9:00PM

What Will I Learn?

Our California Advanced Professional Truck Driving students receive in-depth Class A CDL training that covers all areas of truck driving. This includes DMV preparation, basic operations, and safe operating procedures. The APTD program covers vehicle maintenance, emergency maneuvers, and the execution of all behind-the-wheel DMV-required skills. The advantage to enrolling in this CDL training program is that you’ll have more hands-on training and time to perfect your skills before the written exam and the CDL skills test at our school.

Which Endorsements Can I Get With My Class A CDL License?

This California truck driving course prepares you to take your Class A CDL exam and gives you the opportunity to earn the following Endorsements:

  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicle
  • Doubles/Triples
  • Tankers
  • Hazardous Materials*

*Per Federal Regulations, additional criteria must be met to be approved for this Hazmat endorsement.

Note: This program also requires you to pass the written CDL Permit exam and the DMV behind-the-wheel driving exam in order to pass this course. Students will not be permitted to drive on public roads until a CDL permit has been obtained.

Program costs for the transportation programs covers all classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction necessary to take the written & behind-the-wheel exams at the DMV.

Drug Screen, DOT Physical, and Class A permit with endorsements are non-refundable charges and are included in tuition. All Re-test fees will be the student’s responsibility.

As a nationally accredited institution, we are authorized to offer various financial aid programs to those who qualify, though Financial Aid is not available for all of our programs. Our Financial Aid staff will work with you to determine your eligibility, and complete the application process.

Click here for information on available Financial Assistance programs.
Admission to ACI and the Advanced Professional Truck Driver programs includes:

    -- Must be at least 18 years of age. (The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all interstate drivers be at least 21 years of age. Applicants less than 21 years of age must provide a letter of intent to hire from a prospective employer.)
    -- Must have high school diploma or equivalent.
    -- Must provide a driving record free of current serious violations
    -- Must be able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical as required by Federal & State agencies.
    -- Must be able to pass a drug screen when administered.
    -- No felony convictions in the past five (5) years. All criminal records are subject to review and may be required to provide a letter of intent to hire from a prospective employer.
Your Admissions Officer will cover any and all additional enrollment requirements for those who wish to enroll at ACI as a regular student, and will provide a list of items that must be completed prior to enrollment.

Ag Transportation (AGT) Program at our California Truck Driving School

Ag Transportation is one of our most popular programs at our truck driving school, giving California students essential knowledge of the trucking industry tailored to agricultural jobs. This course can be taken at the Visalia, Fresno, and Merced campuses. Students get to experience transporting various agricultural products firsthand. You’ll have the opportunity to accompany freight drivers and learn the ins and outs of the job at our California Truck Driving School.

Learn more about our Ag Transportation course here.

The Professional Truck Driver (PTD), Advanced Professional Truck Driver (APTD), and Ag Transportation (AGT) programs meet the minimum requirements established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and is based on the FMCSA Model Curriculum. Successful completion of the PTD, APTD, or Ag Transportation course qualifies graduates for work in entry-level truck driver positions with common carriers, private truck fleets, local, short and long-haul companies.

Contact our California Truck Driving School today to learn more.

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