When you’re looking to jump into the trucking industry, there are many decisions you need to make. The main decision is figuring out which class of CDL you need. Each CDL license enables you to drive different trucks – so how do you know which CDL is right for you? How do you know you want to pursue Class B CDL training, instead of a Class A?
Well, let’s discuss the two.
In short, a Class A CDL covers the operation of vehicles with a gross vehicle rating of more than 26,000 lbs, and towing a trailer of 10,000 lbs. or more. A Class B CDL allows the driver to operate a vehicle towing a trailer of less than 10,000 lbs.
Drivers with a Class A CDL do have a larger range of vehicles to drive, and with your Class A CDL, you are qualified to drive Class A, B, and C vehicles. Drivers holding a Class B CDL may only operate Class B and Class C rated vehicles.
So, which license is for you?
Jobs for those with a Class B CDL typically include driving “straight trucks,” which is a term for trucks in which the axels are attached to a single frame. By contrast, a semi-truck or tractor-trailer combination has axles attached to multiple frames. and requires a Class A CDL.
Other Class B driving jobs include delivery driving, and jobs like driving dump trucks for landscaping and construction companies. With the assistance of endorsements, you can pursue other opportunities, like bus driving.
With a Class B CDL, there are any number of jobs you can pursue. Driving smaller commercial vehicles and haulers can afford you many jobs, and just as with a Class A license, you can obtain endorsements that can give you additional opportunities in areas such as hazardous materials.
At Advanced Career Institute, we offer two different Class B Training Programs to accommodate your scheduling needs and career goals. Our Class B program introduces students to the procedures and skills found in the driving industry while preparing students to obtain a Class B CDL with school or commercial bus certification and endorsements.
Still not sure if getting your Class B is the way to go? Call and talk to one of our Admissions Representatives who can answer any questions you have, and help you determine the training program that is right for you. Give us a call at 1-877-649-9614, or simply fill out the request form you see at the top of this webpage. We are excited to help you figure out your enrollment options so you can get started on the road to your new driving career!