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Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training

Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training

TruckCincinnati State offers a very comprehensive, hands-on truck driver training program that exceeds Ohio requirements for obtaining your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

1.      The CDL Class A (tractor / trailer) training program is 200 hours (approximately 5 weeks) and consist of 40 hours classroom training and 160 hours of “range and road” experience.
2.      The CDL Class B training program requires 120 hours.

This means that you can earn a Class “A” CDL license in five weeks or obtain a Class “B” CDL in just three weeks.


Either class “A” or Class “B” programs will familiarize the student with tractor-trailer / straight truck systems and components.

1.      You will learn to conduct an efficient pre-trip inspection in accordance with CDL requirements and become proficient in troubleshooting minor mechanical problems.
2.      Students are also taught to couple/uncouple a tractor-trailer and develop the backing skills necessary to pass the Commercial Driver’s License test.
3.      The focus of each course is on the safe and proper handling of semi tractor-trailers, both in restricted areas and on public streets and highways.
4.      Students are exposed to many different driving situations, such as two-lane roads and highways.


Hands-On Training

Our approach means that most of your driving instruction time is spent in the truck; either on our closed course or on the road. Classes are small so you will be guaranteed the "behind-the-wheel" time that you need to begin your professional trucking career. And individual instruction means that you get quick answers and valuable driving experience.


 The cost of the Class A CDL program is $4,875, and the cost of the Class B CDL program is $3,000. (This includes instruction, licensing and all endorsements. There are no hidden or additional costs.)

 Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center offers:

  • Classes start every Monday
  • Class “A” is 200 hours over four weeks and 120 hours or three weeks to obtain you Class B CDL license
  • hands-on truck driver training
  • maximum behind-the-wheel driving time for each student
  • financial assistance if qualified
  • free lifetime job placement
  • free refresher training if needed

After completing the program, you have the potential to earn $45,000 to $55,000 in your first year!

Course Overview


Cincinnati State has driving classes starting every Monday. Please contact us for official dates or other info. Our CDL school offers accelerated training that encompasses the wide variety of vehicle and truck and trailer combinations on the road today. Your program will be divided between classroom and hands-on driver training, covering everything from paperwork to backing, turning, and shifting on our closed course to complex maneuvers through city streets, but we’ll take it all one step at a time, always making sure that you’re ready before you progress to the next level.

The course will begin with learning essential driving skills, regulations, safety, and basic mechanical systems. You’ll move into the truck for realistic exercises on a closed course, and as you gain confidence, you’ll drive on low-traffic roadways and city streets with tractor-trailer combinations. You will advance to road driving, combining your classroom instruction with driving skills, refining your knowledge, and practice on controlled courses designed to help increase your confidence on the open road.

During the last week of training, you will fine-tune your driving, routing, and paperwork skills, learn advanced shifting techniques, as well as how to handle you’re the equipment under differing road conditions. You will be able to complete runs on congested city throughways, handle common roadside mechanical repairs, and shift like the professional you have grown to be. You will then be ready for a thorough review and practice test before taking the actual Commercial Driver’s License exam. If you don’t already have a job offer, you will now be ready for the Job Placement phase of your training.

We will be with you every step of the way! You will find that the difference in truck driving schools is the level of care and individual instruction each student receives. We sincerely want you to be equipped to reach your full potential and have a successful, well-paid career in the transportation industry!


Awarded College Credit Hours

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers students the following semester credits toward an associate degree program:

  • Class “A” Truck Transport — 5 credit hours
  • Truck, Passenger Bus Transport — 8 credit hours    (Endorsement “P”)
  • Truck, Passenger & School Bus Transport — 9 credit hours   (Endorsement “S”)

Not only do we prepare you to obtain a CDL license, we also provide the student college credit which may help in obtaining financial aid.





To qualify for employment as a professional over-the-road driver, you must be 21 years of age and hold a valid Commercial Driver’s License. You must pass a DOT physical exam and an alcohol and controlled substance test.

For intrastate Ohio, applicants may qualify at 18 years of age. To enroll in the program, you must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license. 



For more information please contact:

Cheryl Brackman
Director, Workforce Development Center
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
10100 Reading Road
Evendale, OH  45241-3100
513-569-1643  /  513-569-1801 (fax)

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