6-Week Class A CDL Program

Looking to start a career in truck driving? Hawkeye's 6-Week Class A CDL training program is a self-paced, accelerated program designed for working adults to train for a career that offers freedom, stability, and competitive pay. You progress through the program as you master the content.

The program will focus on developing safe driving skills in backing, turning, and driving on rural and suburban roads.

Students will train using a variety of techniques including:

Upon completion, students will take their DOT skills and driving tests to obtain their Class A CDL.

Class Information

Classes start the first Monday of each month. View available class start dates.

Class meets: Daily with varied class times.

  • Morning 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Afternoon 1:00–5:00pm
  • Evening 5:00–9:00pm

Location: Classroom, virtual driving training, and driving training will be held at Hawkeye's Regional Transportation Training Center.

Cost: $3,499. This program is not eligible for federal student aid, but may be eligible for other financial assistance.


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Admission Requirements

Prior to starting, you must pass and pay for a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and pre-employment drug screen. You must also pass the General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and obtain your Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) permit. It needed, the truck driving program staff will assist you in obtaining a Class A CDL permit during the first week of class.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can find employment in a variety of areas including:

  • Truck driver
  • Spotter
  • Shag driver
  • Freight agent

Truck drivers are in demand and the need for drivers is expected to increase over the next several years. Iowa Workforce Development projects more than 1,300 openings each year for truck drivers in Iowa through the year 2024.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers $28,100 $40,600 $46,900

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Hawkeye Community College cannot guarantee employment or promotion.

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    Regional Transportation Training Center
    6433 Hammond Avenue
    Waterloo, IA 50701

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    Transportation Manager

    Celeste Turner
    319-296-2329, ext.1335
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