Commercial’s Drivers License (CDL) Class A

Jackson College is collaborating with Tri-Area Trucking School to bring behind-the-wheel instruction and training for Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class A. Within just 3 weeks and the completion of 160 hours, individuals will be able to obtain their license by attending both in-class instruction and on-the-road training. Topics covered include Federal and State requirements, permits, how to operate vehicles safely and efficiently, and key functions of vehicle systems.

After completing training, and upon successful completion, you will be able to drive any vehicle with a semi-trailer or a trailer with two or more axels. Any combination of vehicles weighing 26,001 or more pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), with the towed vehicle exceeding 10,000 pounds, requires a CDL Class A license.




All Applicants Must:

  • Be 21 or older to drive a CMV across state lines (interstate) or 18 years or older to drive CMV in Michigan
  • Pass pre-enrollment drug screen
  • Complete and pass DOT physical
  • Pass CDL eligibility check
  • Agree to background check
  • Be able to read and speak English fluently
  • Possess a valid Michigan driver’s license with no suspension or revocation in the last 36 months
  • Other medical/physical qualifications may apply

Applicants Cannot Possess:

  • Felonies within the past 7 years
  • DWI or DUI within the past 5 years
  • Any at-fault accidents in the past 1 year
  • Careless or reckless driving within the past 3 years

What Can I Expect?

  • Week One: Virtual classroom lectures and interactive presentations will prepare you to take the commercial driving permit test. The permit test will need to be completed before weeks two and three can continue.
  • Week Two: After commercial driving permit is obtained, training takes place in the training yard with different exercises and professional instructors.
  • Week Three: Students train on the road in low-traffic areas then gradually work to the highway. During this time, focus is on traffic situations that may occur during the CDL test.

What Will I Learn?

  • Road safety
  • Pre-trip inspections
  • Importance of permits
  • Driving in all weather conditions

What’s Included?

  • Road test
  • DOT drug screen
  • DOT medical exam
  • Cost of commercial leaner’s permit

Ability to drive following vehicles

  • Flatbeds
  • Tractor-trailers
  • Tank vehicles
  • Livestock carriers
  • Truck/trailer combinations

Career Examples

  • Flatbed driver
  • Local delivery driver
  • Truck driving school instructors
  • Short and long-haul truck drivers
  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Get started

To get started, click the button below to submit the CDL interest form.

CDL Interest Form

Tri-Area Trucking School

For more information on Tri-Area Trucking, visit their website below.

Tri-Area Trucking website