The training itself is proficiency based so the progression is really up to the student. There is no real time frame. For those looking to get a "quick" CDL, this honestly isn't the program for you. We try to have our students progress and LEARN what they are actually doing with the truck. So again there is no set limit on the time it takes to get a CDL.
Each individual is basically their own class. There are no set times to begin training. Every lesson is with the instructor one-on-one. Once you enroll, you complete the online curriculum at your leisure, then after that you begin training in the vehicle, after other steps in the process. The vehicle is the classroom.
It solely depends on what you want to do. We usually recommend that you just bite the bullet and go for your manual class A, that way you are able to drive what you wish once you get your CDL.
There are three tests to obtain your permit to begin training. The General Knowledge 50 questions, Air Brakes 25 questions, Combinations 20 questions. You must get at least 80% to pass each test. You do not have to have a permit to begin the curriculum or the pre-trip portion of the training.
To be eligible for a Minnesota commercial driver's license, you must:
- Have a valid, non-CDL MN driver's license.
- Provide proof of U.S. citizenship/permanent residency. Examples include your: U.S. passport. Birth certificate. Permanent residency card.
If you fail the road test two times an additional retest fee of $20 will be added to for each road test taken thereafter. If you fail the road test four times, you must complete at least six hours of Behind-The-Wheel instruction with a licensed instructor before taking the road test again. We will not take you to the test until the instructor feels you are ready. We have a very high first time pass rate.
A CDL may be valid anywhere from 4 to 8 years depending on your state of residence. To maintain the CDL, you will likely be required to have a yearly physical exam to ensure you are healthy enough for the job. CDL's expire just like any personal license would.
Yes, we offer testing in Wisconsin for those that are eligible. 100% of the training must be completed in Wisconsin at our Onalaska location. This will open up greater opportunities for testing sooner. There is no problem transferring the Minnesota qualification to your Minnesota license. Simply test in Wisconsin, pass, then go to a Minnesota DMV to pick it up.
Yes, we do offer discounts for all paid up front training, using an employer's equipment, and any previous experience. For previous experience, you must demonstrate your skill to the Instructor prior to receiving the discount.