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Commercial Driver School™ is a privately owned, commercial driver’s license (CDL) training school with four convenient Washington-state campuses (Auburn, Lakewood, Olympia and Port Orchard).

Company’s instructors – all experienced commercial drivers – provide top-notch, easy-to-understand classroom and on-the-road training for men and women who are interested in earning or renewing their Class A, B, and/or C CDLs.  In order to accommodate their students busy schedules and preferences, new classes begin most every week and they offer day (6 am – 2:30 pm)  and evening (3:30 pm-midnight) classes Monday through Friday.

Even better, due to their partnerships with many respected companies, Commercial Driver School™ also provides ongoing job placement assistance to its graduates, so they can take advantage of the many local and/or regional opportunities that exist in the trucking industry today.

Given this, Commercial Driver School™ is one of the fastest growing and most respected truck driver training schools in the United States. Owners Victor and Petra Ratz credits this success to Commercial Driver Schools’™ outstanding team of professionals who not only deliver world-class CDL training but also embrace and demonstrate the company’s following four core principles:

  1. Nurturing authentic human relationships with customers, employees and colleagues must be every company’s number one goal.
    • Yes, technology, streamlined systems, and other tools are also important for operational excellence, but they should never be substituted for accessible and genuine human interaction.
  2. Companies who value diverse people, cultures, and ideas are better poised to compete in today’s complex and over-crowded marketplace.
    • In other words, businesses that use diversity to arrive at creative solutions for complex challenges have distinct competitive advantages.
  3. Excellent leaders clearly and regularly communicate  – and demonstrate –  their companies foundational principles.
    • Additionally, they must encourage their employees to allow these tenets to guide their business decisions and empower them to take appropriate action.
  4. Employees who are challenged, mentored, empowered, valued and rewarded for their accomplishments love their jobs… and it shows – especially to customers.
    • That’s why it’s vitally important to create business cultures where reasonable mistakes are viewed as “lessons learned” and personal and professional growth are priorities.

Commercial Driver Schools’™ Mission Statement

Commercial Driver School™ provides outstanding opportunities for people wanting to start or advance their careers through superior local training and career placement programs.

Please call us toll-free today at 1-888-558-7120 or 253-983-0200, if you’re ready to enroll, have additional questions, or would like to schedule a visit to one of our four convenient locations. Or, feel free to stop by unannounced. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (we also offer after-hour appointments as needed).

  • I recommend CDS for anyone who is interested in pursuing a CDL. The instructors are a great group of guys and truly care about their trainees. You will get top notch training in just 4 weeks! Great work CDS.
    Travis C.
    Port Orchard Campus graduate
  • CDS is a great school to learn how to drive a commercial vehicle. CDS was completely worth it and really got me prepared to go into the work force! The office personnel and instructors couldn't have been more helpful and fun to be around. Highly recommend this school!
    Caleb B.
    Auburn Campus graduate
  • James Bakken A CDS Graduate Pointing To The Truck He Drives With His New Job
    Great place to learn! Thank you for a life changing opportunity!
    James B.
    Auburn Campus graduate
  • Excellent place to learn how to drive trucks. Every teacher cares about you and wants you to come away with a license and a job! They hosted a job fair and I was able to see all the local companies that were interested in finding drivers. It was more than I expected! Highly recommend!
    Joshua R.
    Port Orchard Campus graduate
  • It was an awesome experience. From the first week of class to the last week. The teachers spend time with you and make sure you are ready come testing time. And the pre trip instructor is awesome at preparing you for your test. Thanks CDS!
    Michael M.
    Auburn Campus graduate
  • CDS Truck School Graduate Josh Turner
    My first couple of days driving I as really concerned about my career choice, but the instructors did an excellent job of patiently teaching me. I am completely satisfied with CDS, best career decision of my life!
    Jerome R.
    Lakewood Campus graduate
  • If you're looking for the best commercial driving school then look no further! Every single staff member is professional, very polite, patient, and super helpful. It's clear that their number one goal is to help you succeed. They will walk you through every step of the way.
    Cole A.
    Lakewood Campus graduate
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