Class A CDL Training

Truck Driver Training for Your Virginia CDL

Since 1999, CDS has been training new CDL drivers in Virginia and nearby states start a successful trucking career. We believe that proper education is the key factor for success as a professional truck driver. At CDS Tractor Trailer Training, students train to become safety-conscious drivers in the trucking industry. During their Class A CDL Training, students will be able to utilize a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on and behind-the-wheel training, students will be prepared to pass both the DMV written CDL exam and skills test.

Class A CDL training prepares students to land an entry-level job operating a Class A commercial motor vehicle. Class A vehicles are defined as any combination of vehicles with GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.

During truck driver training, students learn the skills required by The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to earn a Virginia CDL. The CDL training program covers General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination Vehicles as well as the Hazardous Materials Endorsement.  Other trucking Endorsements such as Doubles/ Triples and Tanker are optional. In addition, CDS covers the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as well as many safety topics necessary to provide a student with the basic knowledge and skill set as an entry-level driver in the trucking industry.

The staff is amazing!

“They take the time to help you out if you get frustrated while practicing in the lot! If I got irritated they helped keep me focused & out of my own head! I wound up rocking the class & now have my Class A CDL thanks to the awesome instructors!”

Lee G.


Virginia Truck Driver Training with CDS Tractor Trailer Training provides students with Job Placement Assistance. We work with a variety of major carriers as well as local companies who are actively seeking out graduates for hire. Recruiters come into the classroom to present hiring opportunities with their trucking company. Students meet with CDS staff for assistance in the application process and also help in selecting the company that is right for them. CDS staff is always there to provide support and information to students during their training and after graduation. With the help of CDS, new drivers average $700 – $1200 weekly their first year!

Program Length: 20-days / 160-hours

Class Start: Class A CDL Training courses begin every two weeks. Full-time classes are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm for 4-weeks. Part-time training runs Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm for 10-weeks.

Training Locations: CDS Tractor Trailer Training has several training centers throughout Virginia. Equipment yards are conveniently located at CDS’ FredericksburgRoanoke, and Richmond Training Centers. In addition to our standalone schools, CDS has travel programs with several Virginia community colleges, providing Class A CDL training periodically throughout the year.

Tuition: Please contact us for pricing information to learn what payment options may be available to you.

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