Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Certificate
Are You Ready for a Fresh Start?
Our job is to help make sure that you are trained and confident when you leave our program and start your first job as a commercial truck driver. 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 obstacles put in front of you.
What Will You Learn in the Course?
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:
- Web-based and classroom instruction
- Full-size semis
- Virtual driving simulators
Main Course Topics
- DOT rules and regulations
- Pre-Trip Inspection
- Basic Control Skills
- On the Road Driving
Staff and instructor engagement was awesome! They had an 'all in' attitude and were willing to help out in any way they could to ensure students reached their goals. Instructors were easy to talk to and work with - always friendly, fully engaged, and supportive.
— Rodney Dostart, Class A Commercial Driver's License Certificate
What sets Hawkeye's Program Apart?
State of the Art Simulators
Instructors can change the environments in which students may drive their truck. Some of these conditions include:
- Rain, snow, wind, or fog.
- Day, evening, or night.
- Dry, wet, and icy road surface conditions.
- 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, and 18 speed transmissions.
- Different engine manufacturers such as Mack and Cummins.
98% Job Placement Rate
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. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to drive on the road right away?
You will learn on one of the top truck driving simulators you can drive before moving on to Hawkeye's private driving course. We want to make sure you master the semi and feel confident before hitting the open road.
Do you help me find a job after I finish the course?
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. 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. We help to introduce you to companies who are looking to hire drivers but we don't provide direct job placement.
What are the requirements to take the course?
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 the General Knowledge, Air brakes, and Combination test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and obtain your Class A Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) permit. You must also pass and pay for a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and pre-employment drug screening. You must also register with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which we will assist you with.
Ready to Get Started? Get Enrolled in Our Next Class
- 6-Week Class A CDL Course
- 98% Job Placement Rate
- State of the Art Simulator Driving
- Average Salary of $42,600
Disclaimer: This program is not eligible for federal student aid, but may be eligible for other financial assistance.
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GAP Tuition Assistance
This program provides needs-based tuition assistance for approved short-term continuing education training programs for in-demand occupations.
Find an Agency Sponsor
Tuition assistance may be available for non-credit programs for individuals that meet specific guidelines. Sponsorships are subject to the rules and regulations of each agency.
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Trucking for the Troops
This grant program provides financial assistance for qualified veterans, service members, and their spouses and children looking to earn their commercial driver's license (CDL).