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Are You One Of The Many Men and Women Who Wants A Class A CDL So You Can Take Advantage of the Many Jobs Opportunities Available Today…

And Be Home For Dinner Every Night?

 If so, you’ve come to the right place.

You see, for many years CDS’s exceptional instructors – all experienced commercial truck drivers – have helped our students earn their Class A CDLs, so that when they graduate – often in just four short weeks –  they’re ready to accept local – and other – job positions immediately.

But this is only part of what we do for our graduates.

Once their training is competed, we regularly send our graduates up-to-the-minute information on job openings.  In fact, helped 92% of our graduates find jobs that fit their needs, preferences and CDL type so their careers and lifestyle goals are aligned. 

We’re able to do this because we work directly with a number of respected companies (e.g. JJ Williams, Gordon Trucking, Airgas, etc.) that contact us whenever they are actively looking to fill job vacancies.

So, whether your ideal job is to drive many miles in long-haul trucks or you prefer to stay closer to home, we’ve got you covered.

Just wanted to thank you and your staff for the opportunity to attend the class. The instructor was excellent and answered a lot of questions and concerns I had. It gave me a different outlook on driving schools. Darren F., Port Orchard, Washington

What is a Class A CDL and What Can I Do With It?

If you’re like most of our students you’re anxious to earn your CDL for one major reason: a job. 

And you probably also understand that due to the widespread US truck driver shortage, earning a CDL is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to land a job immediately. This makes a CDL one of the most cost-effective and wisest investments you can make.

When you earn your Class A CDL you’ll be licensed to drive combination vehicles that weigh over 26,0001 lbs. with towed trailers over 10,001 lbs.   These include some dump trucks, tractor trailers and more.

Just think…  in no time ,  you too could be “on the road” and living the brighter future you always imagined. So why wait any longer?

Please call us toll-free today at 888.338.0030 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, 8am to 5pm (we also offer after-hour appointments as needed).

Why Trust CDS for Your CDL Training?

Class A CDL Training

Class A Vehicle: Truck and Trailer

First, we’ve worked very hard to earn our reputation as Washington State’s most respected  – and fastest growing – truck driver training school… and we’re working just as hard to keep it.

Second, we recognize that our students expect – and deserve – exceptional Class A CDL training from trusted professionals who will make sure that they’re ready to “take to the road” quickly and safely. And in order to deliver on that promise, we’ve taken a fresh new approach to CDL training, which means you can expect:

  • Thoughtful answers and guidance: Let’s be honest, starting a new career can be difficult. In fact, you may still be wondering if CDL training is the right fit for you. If so, please call us toll-free at 888.338.0030 or 253.983.0200 so you can talk with one of our experienced and caring instructors. He or she will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, learn more about your situation and offer you his or her candid advice.  

  • Superior, personalized CDL training: Our outstanding instructors – all licensed commercial drivers – will “take you by the hand” and provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools you need to earn your Class A CDL.  And since our student-to-instructor ratio is 3-to-1, you’ll get the one-on-one attention you deserve.

  • Flexible class schedules: New classes start nearly every week of the year (For details, our 2016 Class Schedule by Location below) and we offer day (6am-2:30 pm) and evening (3:30pm-midnight) classes Monday-Friday.

  • Local and regional job placement assistance: After graduation you can turn to us with confidence for help in finding the right job for your skills, CDL type, location preferences, and more.

  • Convenient training locations: You can choose to train for your Class A CDL at one of our four Washington state campuses, located in Port Orchard (Kitsap County), Lakewood (Pierce County), Olympia (Thurston County) or Auburn (King County).

  • Affordable tuition fees and financial aid options: We’re pleased that we can offer world-class CDL training classes and still maintain our competitive fees. What’s more we accept the GI-Bill™ and many other forms of financial aid assistance.

Enrollment Requirements

Before doing anything else, we strongly recommend that you call us at  253.983.0200 (or toll-free at 888.338.0030), so we can give you specific information on how best to locate and prepare the required documents. .

In order to enroll in our Class A CDL training classes you must be 18-years-old, or older, and…

  • Have a valid Washington state driver’s license

  • Show proof of your education

  • Have a valid Social Security card (work authorization)

  • Pass the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) physical and drug screening

  • Provide a copy of your 5-year driving abstract record from the Dept. of  Licensing


2016 Class A CDL Training Fees and Schedule

Class A CDL Tuition: $4,195
Other Fees:
  • Registration: $220
  • DOT Physical (Lakewood): $80
  • DOT Drug Screen (Lakewood): $48
  • Abstract Driving Record: $13
  • DOT Written Exam: $35
  • Permit: $40
  • Skills Test: $250
  • License Fee:$95

 

Schedule: Monday-Friday
Day Class Times: 6am-2:30 pm
Evening Class Times: 3:30pm- midnight

2016 -2017 Class Locations and Start Dates:

Port Orchard
06/26/2017
07/17/2017
08/07/2017
08/28/2017
09/18/2017
10/09/2017
10/30/2017
11/20/2017
12/11/2017
01/01/2018
01/22/2018
02/12/2018
03/05/2018
03/26/2018

Lakewood & Olympia
07/03/2017
07/24/2017
08/14/2017
09/04/2017
09/25/2017
10/16/2017
11/06/2017
11/27/2017
12/18/2017
01/08/2018
01/29/2018
02/19/2018
03/12/2018
04/02/2018

Auburn
07/10/2017
07/31/2017
08/21/2017
09/11/2017
10/02/2017
10/23/2017
11/13/2017
12/04/2017
12/26/2017
01/15/2018
02/05/2018
02/26/2018
03/19/2018
04/09/2018


Financial Aid Available?
Yes. Please call 253.983.0200 for more information.
GI-Bill™ Accepted?
Yes. Please call 253.983.0200 for more information.

Class A CDL Training Components & Course Topics

Classroom: 40 Hours (Week 1)

  • Accident Procedures
  • Air Supply System
  • Backing
  • Basic Vehicle Control
  • Cargo Documentation
  • Cargo Handling
  • Communication
  • Coupling and Uncoupling (5th wheel, pintle hook)
  • Emergency Procedures, Skid Control & Crash Avoidance
  • Extreme Driving Conditions
  • FMCSR
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Hazmat Cargo Handling and Documentation
  • Hours of Service
  • Map Reading
  • Mirror Usage
  • Night Operation
  • Personal Health and Safety
  • Preventative Maintenance, D&R Problems
  • Proficiency in Backing
  • Public, Customer and Employer Relations
  • Shifting
  • Sliding 5th Wheels/Tandems
  • Space Management
  • Speed Management
  • Trip Planning
  • Vehicle Control Systems
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Visual Search

Lab/Range/Observation-70 Hours (Weeks 2 and 3)

  • Accident Procedures
  • Air Supply System
  • Backing
  • Basic Vehicle Control
  • Cargo Documentation
  • Cargo Handling
  • Coupling and Uncoupling (5th wheel, pintle hook
  • Extreme Driving Conditions FMCSR
  • Mirror Usage
  • Preventative Maintenance, D&R Problems
  • Proficiency in Backing
  • Shifting
  • Sliding 5th Wheels/Tandems
  • Vehicle Control Systems
  • Vehicle Inspection

Street-18 Hrs/Backing16 Hrs/Proficiency-16 Hrs (Week 4)

  • Backing
  • Basic Vehicle Control
  • Extreme Driving Conditions
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Mirror Usage
  • Night Operation
  • On-Road Observation Time (3-to-1 ratio) Proficiency in Backing
  • Proficiency in Road Operations
  • Shifting
  • Space Management
  • Speed Management
  • Visual Search