About The Commercial Driver's License Program

A commercial driver's license (CDL) allows professionals to operate a variety of vehicles, paving the way to careers in the transportation industry. Professional drivers may travel the country as long-haul truckers or stay closer to home with jobs driving buses, making deliveries or supporting business operations.

CCAC's CDL program provides training to obtain a Pennsylvania Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

The curriculum prepares students to take the CDL Class A knowledge, skills and road tests.

  • Knowledge test: Covers general knowledge, combination vehicle air brakes, hazardous materials, tankers and double-triples.
  • Skills test: Involves performing a pre-trip inspection and various backing and parking maneuvers.
  • Road test: Consists of driving a predetermined route.

The curriculum also covers:

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) and hours of service regulations
  • Map reading and trip planning
  • Shifting techniques
  • Industry terminology
  • Career opportunities

Students must first successfully complete Part 1: CDL Driver Theory and obtain their Class A CDL permit before enrolling in Part 2: CDL Range & Road Training.


Part 1: CDL Driver Theory Classroom Sessions

  • 4 weeks, 80 hours
  • This curriculum prepares students to take and pass the PA CDL Class A permit exam.
  • The exam is administered at the PA DMV Drivers' License Center(s).
  • Students who pass the exam obtain a PA Class A permit with the appropriate endorsements to train and drive a tractor-trailer rig equipped with air brakes.
  • Students must obtain their Class A permit and pass a DOT physical and drug screen before continuing to Part 2.

Part 2: CDL Range and Road Training Behind the Wheel (BTW) Sessions

  • 4 weeks, 80 hours
  • This curriculum prepared students to take and pass the PA CDL Class A BTW exam and obtain a CDL driver's license.
  • Exams consist of Pre-trip Inspection, CDL Skills, On-the-Road driving test.
  • This test is conducted on a third-party test site at CCAC's Boyce Campus.
  • Students who pass the test obtain a PA Class A license with appropriate endorsements.
  • This allows students to seek and obtain employment as a CDL Class A driver.


Program Outcomes

Students meet with the CDL program placement advisor to discuss their individual circumstances and appropriate employment opportunities (local, regional, over-the-road, Second Chance, etc.).

We currently have a list of over 200 companies in need of Class A CDL drivers who have hired our graduates in the past, including Schneider National, JB Hunt, USXpress, Paragon Foods, Pitt-Ohio, Pepsi and Coca-Cola.


Program Requirements

In order to enroll in the CDL program, students must meet these requirements:

  • A valid driver's license
  • Payment and/or funding in place before the first day of class

In order to pass the program, must meet these additional requirements:

  • At least 90% attendance in both Part 1 (classroom) and Part 2 (BTW) training
  • At least 80% on all exams and tests (both written and BTW)
  • By second class: Provide a copy of current valid driver's license
  • By fifth class: Provide 10-year DMV driving motor vehicle history
  • Pass the DOT exam to obtain a PA Class A permit
  • Pass the DOT test to obtain a PA Class A license with appropriate endorsements

Program Details

8 weeks

20 hours per week / 160 hours total

Program costs: $4,995, plus permit fees

Boyce Campus, 595 Beatty Road, Monroeville, PA 15146

For information about upcoming sessions, please email [email protected] or call 724.325.6834.


Contact Information


[email protected]