Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Certificate

Looking to start a career in truck driving? Hawkeye's Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Certificate program is a competency-based program designed for individuals 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 every six weeks. 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: $3,995. This program is not eligible for federal student aid, but may be eligible for other financial assistance.


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Admission Requirements

All students must be able to read, speak, write, and comprehend English. No interpreters are allowed per CDL regulations.

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

Hawkeye has a placement rate of 98% (per 2017 PTDI reporting) into the career. Commercial truck driving is a great paying career with excellent opportunities. Our 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 $29,700 $42,600 $49,000

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Hawkeye Community College cannot guarantee employment or promotion.

Our Experience

Hawkeye has been training commercial truck drivers since 1977. We are a member of the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) which helps us stay current on the changes taking place in the transportation industry and also the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS).

National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS). Dedicated to Quality Education. Partners in Transportation Industry. Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA)

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    Regional Transportation Training Center
    6433 Hammond Avenue
    Waterloo, IA 50701

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