Class A CDL Now Course

In the CDL Now! Program you’ll learn what you need to know to operate Class A big trucks and get plenty of driving practice at our 350-acre custom-built training grounds. You’ll learn in our classrooms the knowledge you’ll need to pass your Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam and qualify for a truck driving career.

Our CDL Now! Program will train individuals in the operation of a Class A combination semi-tractor-trailer for entry-level positions within the trucking industry – both interstate and intrastate.  Students will learn how to safely and effectively drive under a wide variety of traffic, load, road, weather and geographic conditions and locations.

Is A Career in Trucking or Heavy Equipment Right for You?

Take the National Training Inc.’s CDL/Heavy Equipment Career Training Readiness Quiz

This fun online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.

How quickly can you get a Commercial Driver License (CDL)? 

Get on the road FAST with our CDL Now! Course. In just 4 weeks you’ll train and learn all you need to know to pass the CDL Class A exam – Including the written and road tests. You’ll go from zero to CDL in just 30 days!

National Training, Inc. located in Green Cove Springs, FL offers a CDL training program that prepares students for truck driving jobs in only a month, from start to finish. During that time we train beginning students, who have never even sat in a big rig cab, how to operate it safely under normal driving conditions. While it is not as comprehensive in scope or curriculum, our CDL Now! Program answers the demand for a quick but safe and effective CDL training course, whose graduates are ready to drive 18-wheel trucks professionally.

What students will learn:

  • How to perform a pre-trip inspection
  • How to properly document their Hours of Service in the industry standard logbook
  • The proper methods for and how to Start, Operate and Shutdown a diesel tractor-trailer
  • How to safely back a tractor-trailer in various conditions using various techniques
  • How to safely couple and uncouple a tractor-trailer
  • How to park and secure the vehicle
  • The safety procedures defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • How to successfully prepare for and pass the D.O.T. written examination as well as the D.O.T. equipment road test, which is mandatory before being employed in the trucking industry

Take Our Free CDL Practice Test

Want to see if you’re ready for the CDL written exam? Take our free CDL practice test to see if you have the knowledge needed to pass the actual CDL written exam.

CDL Now Course Catalog

Complete details of this course are contained in our CDL Now Course Catalog. Click on the catalog image to view and download the PDF version.

National Training Graduate Stories


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Class A CDL Course Breakdown

Many of our CDL Now! graduates have job offers already extended to them from one or more trucking firms by the time they receive their CDL. That’s because trained truckers are in such high demand due to the nationwide truck driver shortage, and because of the great reputation of our school within the industry. During this CDL training program, you will have 180 total hours of training.

Course Breakdown and Curriculum Hours By Category

4 weeks (180 Hours)

“L” indicates lesson. Lessons are numbered sequentially.

RTE = Resident Training Exercises

RTL = Resident Training Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons

U.S. Department of Education defines a classroom hour as 1 clock hour which equals 50 minutes of instructor led training plus 10 minute break.

Course ID Description Hours
  Orientation, Roll Call 8
RTL-1 Defensive Truck Driving Course 6
RTL-2 Map Reading 1
RTL-3 Trip Reports 1
RTL-4 Preparation for CDL Permit 20
RTL-5 DOT Regulations – Hours of Service; Log Book-Part 395 8
RTL-6 Driver Wellness, Whistleblower Protection 1
RTL-7 Pre-Trip Inspection – Brake Adjustment 2
RTL-8 Refrigeration Theory 1
RTL-9 Weight and Cargo Distribution Theory 2
RTL-10 Operator Forms 1
RTL-11 DOT Regulations – Hazardous Materials Part 397
RTL-12 Driver’s Accident Reporting 1
  Total Classroom Theory 54

Hands On Equipment

Projects & Exercises

Course ID Description Hours
RTE-1 Couple/Uncouple Trailer (Hands On) 9
RTE-2 Pre-Trip Inspection (Hands On) 12
RTE-3 Skills Course BTW (Behind the Wheel), Straight Line Backing, Stop Line, Right Turn, Ally Docking, Parallel Park 40
RTE-4 Road and Track Driving 58
CDL Testing Retesting 3
Total Hands On Equipment Projects & Exercises 122

   NOTE: The amount of time spent on any one field-training project may vary among students depending on individual progress. Tractor-trailer operation times include student observation with BTW (Behind The Wheel).


Job Placement Assistance

Course ID Description Hours
Graduate Exit Presentation and Employer Presentations, in most cases, actually run longer than the allocated 4 hours due to the level of student interest in the employer presentations. 4

 Total Hours   180            

During the course, you’ll see recruiting presentations from various trucking firms that are interested in hiring our graduates. Near graduation time we’ll give you a thorough Career Guidance Orientation. Finally, when you’ve completed your course and earned your CDL, our job placement department will work to find a great job in the truck driving field that’s right for you – that is, if you haven’t already been hired! Altogether, you’ll receive a minimum of four hours – and usually more – of job placement assistance and employer presentations.

The Next CDL Now Class Begins








CDL Now Class Schedule


April 25, 2022 – May  20, 2022

May 23, 2022 – June 17, 2022

June 20, 2022 – July 15, 2022

July 18, 2022 – August 12, 2022

August 15, 2022 – September 9, 2022

September 12, 2022 – October 7, 2022

October 10, 2022 – November 4, 2022

November 7, 2022 – December 2, 2022

December 5, 2022 – December 30, 2022

CDL Simulators

National Training Inc.’s state-of-the-art simulator system from Simulator Systems International provides a low-risk, low pressure way to train both new and experienced drivers. With bold realistic graphics, authentic and genuine truck components, and a 3 axis motion platform to offer an immersive experience, drivers and students are receiving a total immersive training solution, right at their fingertips.


Call us today at (800) 488-7364 to discuss further details of our CDL simulator training and learn how it can improve your success of becoming a Class A, Class B, or Class C CDL driver.  


CDL Class A B and C Simulator