Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Our tuition varies by program, so how much you pay will depend on whether you’re getting a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, Class C CDL, or other training. Contact us today to find out more about the program you’re interested in.

Washington State requires drivers to have 160 hours of training to qualify for a Class A CDL. At Washington Trucking School, you can complete your training in four weeks. Our program includes 40 hours of classroom education and 120 hours of field time which include vehicle pre trip inspection, basic control and street driving, so you’ll be fully prepared before you hit the road on your own.

The class of CDL you need depends on the type of vehicle you plan to drive.

Class A CDL: Any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of at least 26,001 pounds, when the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is 10,000 pounds or more. With a Class A license, you can drive a semi-tractor trailer, double or triple trailer, tanker, flatbed, or any vehicle that falls under a Class B or Class C license.

Class B CDL: Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, or towing a vehicle weighing up to 10,000 pounds. With a Class B license, you can drive a bus, box truck, dump trick, and some Class C vehicles.

Class C CDL: With a Class C license, you can drive a passenger van, small HAZMAT vehicle, or other vehicles that have 16 passengers or more.

Other licenses:: We also offer specialized school bus training, passenger vehicle training, and HAZMAT training.

No. Each of our courses includes classroom training to prepare you for the CDL permit test, as well as time to take the test itself. You don’t need to plan on any extra time to obtain your permit. However, if you’d like to get a head start, you can try practice tests on the Driving Tests website.

Each of our courses combines classroom training with hands-on experience. In our four-week Class A CDL training course, for example, you’ll spend the first five days in the classroom learning general safety regulations and operating procedures and preparing for your CDL permit test. You’ll spend the second week learning how to conduct a complete pre-trip inspection, including both in-cab and outside inspections. The third week is spent on the range, learning how to maneuver and back the truck and trailer. In the final week, you’ll spend time on the road driving, accompanied by one of our instructors. You’ll gain practice in road laws and how the truck drives, and you’ll have time to continue practicing backing maneuvers.

Our other courses are a little shorter but follow a similar progression. You can contact us to find out more about the schedule for any particular class. For both classroom and hands-on training, you should expect a small class size with a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, meaning you’ll receive plenty of personalized attention.