Class A CDL License Training

•  160 Training Hours

Eastern's truck driving program offers career training in the road transportation industry. The program provides up to 160 hours of instruction, including at least two weeks of on-the-road training in a big rig, and prepares trainees to pass West Virginia's CDL Learner's Permit and the state's CDL Licensing exams. Program graduates qualify for entry-level employment immediately upon obtaining their Class A CDL.

Program Overview

Students receive a total of 160 hours of instruction, divided into two units (2 weeks each):


Classroom Theory and Application

Component 1 introduces students to the most important and essential concepts for professional truck drivers:

  • securing cargo
  • transporting hazardous materials
  • regulations affecting the industry
  • inspection
  • repair & maintenance
  • map reading & trip planning
  • defensive driving
  • logbook entries.

Up to 80 hours as needed.


Road/Range Skills

Component 2 gives learners the opportunity for hands-on practice of essential tractor-trailer road driving skills, including these and other techniques and maneuvers:

  • basic control skills
  • road driving skills
  • pre-trip inspections
  • straight line & serpentine backing skills
  • coupling & uncoupling skills
  • driving on two-lane & four-lane highways, interstates (Corridor H), city streets & rural roads
  • fuel conservation methods
  • truck parking

(80+ Hours)

Minimum qualifications to apply to program

  • 19 years or older
  • At least two years legal driving experience
  • Valid WV driver’s license
  • Class A CDL permit
  • Pass a drug screen
  • Possess a valid high school diploma or GED® or TASC (replaces GED®  in WV to earn a WV High School Equivalency Diploma) and provide transcript
  • Copy of driving record from DMV

Program Schedule

Four Weeks. Monday - Thursday. 40 Hours/Week.

Program Costs


*Rates are for 2021-2022 and are subject to change. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.