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California Truck Driving and Welding School

At Advanced Career Institute, students gain the quality education and training needed to start a new career. Our programs combine both hands-on experience and in-class technical training for California truck driving, commercial and school bus driving, and welding.

We have four campuses located throughout California’s Central San Joaquin Valley in Fresno, Visalia, Merced, and Bakersfield, California. When you become a student at ACI, you become part of our community. We bring our ACI family together through various cookouts, donation events, and recruiter events. This gives our students, instructors, and staff the opportunity to get to know each other. Our unified community wants to see all students succeed in their career training.

ACI instructors are professionals in their fields and bring current industry insight right into the classroom. We select them based on their background and experience. This allows them to bring our students relevant, on-the-job experience that you can’t get in a textbook.

Choosing a California training program can be difficult, especially if you are unsure about what your next career will be. We recommend learning more about what each course entails first. It’s also helpful to see what types of jobs you can get with each CDL license and welder qualification. Watch this quick video for a preview of our ACI training programs.

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Advanced Career Institute is Helping Bridge the Job Skills Training Gap

California Welding Training

Our California welding training prepares students to perform the duties required by entry-level positions in the welding trade. These positions are Welder, Arc Welder, or Combination Welder. Welding training is offered at the Visalia, Fresno, and Bakersfield campuses. It gives students experience using various welding techniques and processes. Students also learn about welding shop safety, shop math, and blueprint reading.

Our California welding school graduates can become welding specialists after completing our training program. They have the opportunity to continue their training and education for degrees in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and applied science-based degrees.

Class A CDL Training

Advanced Career Institute’s Class A CDL Training program consists of two different paths: Truck Driving and Ag Transportation. Students can enroll in these programs at the Visalia, Fresno, Merced, and Bakersfield campuses. These courses teach students how to operate a truck safely, maintain the vehicle, and perform non-vehicle activities. The Ag Transportation course goes beyond just learning the procedures and skills found in the truck driving industry. In addition, Ag Transport students gain the necessary experience to land high demand jobs in agriculture commodity. Individuals in both Class A CDL Training programs receive in-depth instruction that goes beyond simply learning the basics to get your license.

Both Trucking and Ag Transportation students leave prepared to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License with any of the following endorsements: Air-Brakes, Combinations, Doubles-Triples, Tankers. Students who meet additional criteria can also be approved for the Hazardous Materials endorsement. Job opportunities include work in entry-level truck driver positions with common carriers, private truck fleets, local, short, and long-haul companies.

Class B CDL Training

The Class B bus driver training program at ACI teaches students the procedures and skills necessary to operate a commercial vehicle safely. This training is offered at the Visalia and Fresno campuses. Each course consists of classroom, lab, range, and on-the-road experience, to ensure the best possible training. Students will learn how to operate, maneuver, and pass pre-trip bus inspections. California drivers in training will also learn the administrative bus driving tasks including good communication, completing paperwork, and planning the bus trips.

Upon passing the Class B CDL exam, these students will be able to obtain work in entry-level bus driver positions with school districts, city motorcoach companies, tour bus companies, casino transportation, farm labor transportation, and limousine transportation service.

Career Training For Today’s Jobs & Lifetime Placement Assistance

ACI offers students and graduates lifetime job placement assistance. We’ll help you with all aspects of the job search, including updating resumes, job applications, interview techniques, and networking. Additionally, we can teach you how to keep a job and give tips on how to plan out the rest of your career.

As a nationally accredited institution, we are authorized to offer various financial aid programs to those who qualify. Our tuition assistance options include grants, scholarships, federal loans, private loans, payment plans, and company-sponsored funding programs. Advanced Career Institute is also approved to offer funding for active service members, reservists, veterans, dependents, and spouses under a variety of veterans’ assistance programs. A financial aid representative will walk you through the process and explain your options at our California Driving Trucking and Welding Schools.

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California Truck Driving

Our Class A CDL Training programs will prepare you for your new trucking career, whether it is driving for local companies or over the road.

California Bus Driving

Commercial and School Bus Driver training will set you up for a new career, flexible schedule, and an opportunity to keep people safe.

California Welding

Our quick, hands-on welder training will give you experience using the equipment and techniques needed to land a great job in a variety of fields.

Financial Aid

Advanced Career Institute is authorized to offer various financial aid programs to those who qualify. Our financial aid representatives will walk you through the process and explain your options.

Job Placement

California Students and graduates have the opportunity to receive job placement assistance at Advanced Career Institute. All you have to do is make an appointment when you need help finding a new job.


Both active duty and veteran assistance programs are offered at Advanced Career Institute. There are several educational and tuition options available for active service members, reservists, veterans, dependents and spouses.