What to Expect From a CDL Course

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What to Expect From a CDL Course

A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a license that is required of drivers to operate heavy vehicles on USA roadways. There are several different classifications of CDL licenses based on the weight of the vehicle. The fastest and easiest way for someone to obtain their CDL license is to take a training course. Typically these courses are less than a month long. Due to the countrywide shortage of truck drivers, students who get their commercial driver's license can go on to work for a number of companies immediately, often with great pay and benefits.

CDL PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

During the first few days of a truck driving school, students will be in the classroom or computer lab, learning everything they need to know for the written permit test.

Afterwards, students will move outside and begin learning pre-trip guidelines, truck inspections, and making maneuvers.

Once the field work is done, students will learn how to drive on the road safely and efficiently. Upon completion of the program, students will be fully prepared to pass the road test.

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PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: SMITH AND SOLOMON

With eight locations throughout the East Coast, Smith & Solomon Truck Driving School has been in the truck driver training industry for over two decades. With a fleet of over 140 pieces of equipment, they are one of the largest commercial driver training schools in the country.

Smith & Solomon's mission is to provide the highest quality driving courses offered throughout the United States. They are committed to teaching each student the safety and responsibility issues inherent in driving a commercial motor vehicle. At Smith & Solomon, safety comes first. Their training programs and defensive driving course ensure that they only put safe and responsible drivers on the road. Students learn driving skills that they can take with them for life.

What this means for Smith & Solomon students – Safety skills while on the job. Above all else when you are driving one of these vehicles, safety is the most important aspect – for yourself and others on the road. Our students gain safety skills through knowing their equipment, safety checks, and safe driving skills. And once we place them in a job, they carry these skills throughout their career.

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"Started school on March 12 and had my CDL on April 20th. Overall, I had a blast there. Great instructors who are easy going and laid back willing to help you anyway they can. The students helped out a lot to. Felt like a second family. Thanks for everyone’s help and having the confidence in me when I wasn’t confident in myself. Great school, great people. I’m going to miss you guys but I’m happy to begin my new journey in life." - Brandy Bucholz

Finance Your Smith & Solomon Tuition with Skills Fund

Eligible Smith & Solomon students may borrow up to $4,500 for tuition, plus an additional $500 in cost of living financing.

For the Weekday program, students will make low, interest-only payments for the first two months, and then begin full repayments.

For the Weekend & Weeknight program, students will start making full monthly payments immediately.

Discover all the terms of your loan, including your interest rate, general APR, and monthly payment amount on our website before even applying!

To learn more about Smith & Solomon, visit their website.

To learn more about Skills Fund financing for Smith & Solomon courses, visit our partnership website.