Advanced Career Institute

Career Training You Can Be Proud Of

San Joaquin Valley and Nevada CDL Training and Welding School

At Advanced Career Institute, students gain quality education and training needed to start a new career. ACI programs combine both hands-on experience and in-class technical training for Class A CDL, Class B CDL, school bus driving, and welding. After opening their doors in 1986, Advanced Career Institute has been training newcomers in the transportation and welding industries. ACI makes sure to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules, whether you choose their full-time or part-time training options.

Advanced Career Institute prides itself on having five convenient campuses located throughout California’s Central San Joaquin Valley and Las Vegas. With locations in Fresno, Visalia, Merced, and Bakersfield, California, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada, ACI makes sure that achieving your dream can quickly become a reality.

Choosing a California or Nevada training program can be difficult, especially if you are unsure about what your next career will be. ACI recommends learning more about what each course entails before enrolling while also checking out what types of jobs you can get with each CDL license and welding qualification. Check out this quick video for a preview of our training programs.

Advanced Career Institute – Bridging the Job Skills Training Gap

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, Bakersfield, and Las Vegas 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 commodities. Individuals in both Class A CDL training programs receive in-depth instruction that goes beyond simply learning the basics to get your license.

Both truck driver training 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

Advanced Career Institute’s Class B CDL training program consists of Commercial Bus Driver training. Class B training program at ACI teaches students the procedures and skills necessary to operate a commercial vehicle safely. This training is offered at all five of ACI’s 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. The Class B Bus Driver training is taught at the Fresno campus using a school bus. Upon passing the Class B CDL exam, 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.

Welding School

Our welding training prepares students to perform the duties required by entry-level positions in the welding trade. These positions include 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. Advanced Career Institute’s 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.

Ongoing Job Placement Assistance & Financial Aid

ACI offers students and graduates ongoing 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 provide funding options 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 and Nevada Truck Driving and Welding Schools.

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Class A CDL Training

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.

Bus Driver Training

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

Welding Training

Our quick, hands-on welding 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

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.