Advanced Tractor-Trailer Class A CDL License: Coursework Summary

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Driving a tractor-trailer requires a person to complete the training necessary to earn an advanced tractor-trailer class A CDL license. Once they have received their license, they will be able to find a job driving trucks locally or cross-country. Read more about this career below.
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What is an Advanced Tractor-Trailer Class A CDL License?

An advanced tractor-trailer class A CDL license will provide students with enough hands-on training to successfully pass the required exams and earn their class A CDL license.

Required Courses:

While training will only take a few months, students will learn a lot of valuable information that they will need when traveling long distances in a tractor-trailer. The basic courses required to earn a class A CDL license include:

  • Brake systems
  • Inspections
  • Parking
  • Driving

Skills Obtained:

The skills obtained from earning a class A CDL license will train students how to drive large tractor-trailers on the highway and in cities. Other skills include maintenance, safety inspections, and transporting hazardous materials.

Career Related Information

Reasons to Earn an Advanced Tractor-Trailer Class A CDL License:

The need to transport perishable goods will always exist, so truck drivers that can drive long distances should not have to worry about finding employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov. Those who want to drive locally may find more competition because these trucking jobs are more desirable.

Salary Information:

Those who have an advanced tractor-trailer Class A CDL License can expect to earn between $12.00 and $20.00 per hour. Many drivers also earn bonuses for the amount of miles that they drive.

Economic Outlook and Growth of the Trucking Field:

Even though other modes of transportation have become popular over the past few years, tractor-trailer drivers will always be needed to transport items that have to be moved quickly.

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