Truck Driving School located in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield Class A CDL Training at Advanced Career Institute

Advanced Career Institute’s Bakersfield Campus offers both basic level Class A CDL training as well as more advanced Ag Transportation training. Both training options are ideal for individuals with no prior knowledge or experience in the truck driving industry. Our Bakersfield truck driving school provides an ideal learning experience for new truck drivers to develop driving skills in a commercial vehicle. From classroom teaching to behind-the-wheel training on the driving range, students will quickly learn the necessary skills to launch their truck driving career. After earning your CDL, you will be eligible for employment as an entry-level truck driver.

How Long are these Programs?

Advanced Career Institute’s Class A CDL training will take 160 hours (4-weeks) to complete. Ag Transportation training takes 240 hours (6-weeks) to complete. Find the class time that best fits your schedule best.

Daytime classes: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Evening classes: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

What Will I Learn?

Advanced Career Institute’s CDL training course will step you through the entire process of getting your Class A CDL. In the beginning, you will receive classroom instruction to prepare for the DMV written CDL permit exam. The remaining part of the class will teach pre-trip inspection techniques, vehicle maintenance, emergency maneuvers, and all other behind-the-wheel skills required by the DMV.

Which Endorsements Can I Get With My Class A CDL License?

In addition to passing your written permit exam and CDL skills test at our school, you have the opportunity to obtain endorsements, including:

  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicle
  • Doubles/Triples
  • Tankers
  • Hazardous Materials*

*Per Federal Regulations, additional criteria must be met to be approved for this Hazmat endorsement.

Note: You must pass the written CDL Permit exam and the behind-the-wheel driving exam with the DMV in order to pass this course. Students will not be permitted to drive on public roads until a CDL permit has been obtained.

Program costs for the transportation programs covers all classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction necessary to take the written & behind-the-wheel exams at the DMV.

Drug Screen, DOT Physical, and Class A permit with endorsements are non-refundable charges and are included in tuition. All Re-test fees will be the student’s responsibility.

As a nationally accredited institution, we are authorized to offer various financial aid programs to those who qualify, though Financial Aid is not available for all of our programs. Our Financial Aid staff will work with you to determine your eligibility, and complete the application process.

Click here for information on available Financial Assistance programs.
Admission to ACI and the Professional Truck Driver programs includes:

    -- Must be at least 18 years of age. (The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all interstate drivers be at least 21 years of age.  Applicants less than 21 years of age must provide a letter of intent to hire from a prospective employer.)
    -- Must have high school diploma or equivalent.
    -- Must provide a driving record free of current serious violations
    -- Must be able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical as required by Federal & State agencies.
    -- Must be able to pass a drug screen when administered.
    -- No felony convictions in the past five (5) years. All criminal records are subject to review and may be required to provide a letter of intent to hire from a prospective employer.
Your Admissions Officer will cover any and all additional enrollment requirements for those who wish to enroll at ACI as a regular student, and will provide a list of items that must be completed prior to enrollment.

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