What to Consider when Selecting a CDL School

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If you're serious about going to school for your CDL license, then you'll want to choose one that can help you learn how to drive a tractor-trailer safely. And at Swift Academy, you can do that in as little as three weeks, and earn your license in as little as four. 

From day one, our instructors focus on you – your skills, your knowledge, and your success. But before you decide whether our truck driving school is right for you, take a look at what you'll learn – and discover what makes Swift Academy the smart choice in CDL schools.

After you graduate from Swift Academy and earn your Class A CDL, take it to the next level with Top Gun! Top Gun is a new exclusive CDL training program to help make you a safer, better-prepared driver. After years in the making, we have developed proficiency-based training using elite technology with experienced facilitators. Drivers will receive high focus practice on all backing and close quarter maneuvers and get paid while doing so. Gain hands-on experience from the finest instructors in the industry. 



Week 1 (Days 1-5)

  • All the requirements for completion of course and CDL
  • How to conduct safety inspections of a tractor trailer
  • How to Couple and Uncouple a trailer to a tractor
  • How to record your working and non-working time per regulations
  • Basic Map Reading
  • Trip Planning with Maps & Log Books
  • Basic & Safe Truck Operations 

Weeks 2 & 3 (Days 6-15)

  • Conducting Thorough Vehicle Inspection
  • Backing Tractor-Trailers Safely
  • Maintaining Speed Management
  • Maintaining Space Management
  • Visual Searches
  • Defensive Driving Techniques
  • Securing Tractor-Trailers
  • Post Trip Inspections

During our CDL driving school, you'll have ample time in the cab and behind the wheel. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, and our highly skilled professional instructors, you'll also get the personalized attention and guidance you need to help you become a safe and capable driver. This way, after graduation, you can feel confident in earning your CDL and start your driving career knowing that you can handle whatever lies ahead.

With more than 50 years of experience in transportation, we know what it takes to become a safe driver with a career you can be proud of. If you're ready to start school for your CDL, call  888-871-3537 to speak with an advisor, or apply online in just minutes. With 10 Swift Academy locations and even more partner CDL license schools across the country, it's easy to get the training you need for the career you want, without having to stray too far from home. 

Swift Academy is a proud member of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) and select institutions are approved for VA benefits by the state approving agency.

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Hear From Our Drivers

“My time at the academy was really nice! I got the opportunity to train one-on-one a lot and had a lot of questions asked and answered. I got to hear perspectives from different instructors.”

Jonathan L. 

2 Years Experience