What You’ll Learn
This class prepares students for the written and practical portions of the State of Indiana's Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) exam. You will learn how to safely drive, operate, and back up a truck and trailer, complete a vehicle inspection, and gain a fundamental working knowledge of the trucking industry, including rules and regulations. The class prepares students for an entry-level position as a tractor-trailer driver with a trucking company.
If you're looking for an in-demand and financially rewarding career, consider CDL training. The trucking industry needs more than 400,000 new drivers every year. The average salary for a truck driver in Indiana is $46,102, and the average experienced driver can earn an annual salary upwards of $77,0001.
Other CDL training programs work with only a few carriers or require you to train for their company. Don't limit your choices. Ivy Tech and its licensed teaching partners have established a premier network of hiring companies, including national carriers, regional trucking companies, and local trucking jobs, so you will have a large selection of potential employers.
- Classes are provided at six locations across the state with different licensed partners. Depending on the campus offering your class, training can include a mix of online modules, operating observation/lab classroom time, and behind-the-wheel in-person driving sessions, as well as a test at the end of training with one retest if needed.
- Training aligns with the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) "gold standard" curriculum. The Class A program includes 160 hours of training, completed in 3 to 4 weeks.
- All Ivy Tech CDL training program locations and all instructors are licensed by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
- Classes are open to anyone 18 or older with a valid driver's license for at least one year. See additional driver qualification requirements below.
- You do not need to apply to Ivy Tech to take this class.
- Eight hours from this class may be applied toward earning the 18-credit-hour CDL Plus Certificate.
Paying for Class
Funding is available to individuals who qualify through WorkOne or Next Level Jobs. Contact Ivy Tech for help connecting with funding sources and signing up for classes.