Class A Truck / Trailer Training

Prerequisites: In order to enroll in any of our training programs, students need to be able to pass a DOT Drug Screen, pass a DOT physical, obtain a CDL permit, have a valid drivers license (of any class), and be able to communicate in English.  The drug screen is provided as soon as the student has a CDL permit, the DOT physical is provided the second week of training (if the student already has a valid DOT physical, a second is not required), and an English Comprehension evaluation is provided the day of registration. Failure to meet any of these requirements will prevent the student from being able to enroll.

Proficiency Based Tractor Trailer Program

What this program includes:

  • One-on-One on the road training with a licensed instructors, as many hours as needed
  • Typically, 40 Hours of Classroom Time
  • Typically, 40 to 60 Hours of Labwork
  • Typically, 10 to 30 Hours of Backing Practice (more time available with no charge)
  • Typically, 10 to 30 Hours of Simulator Time (more time available with no charge)
  • Retests (if needed)

Classes start every Monday at 8AM.  You will need to pre-register the week before you start your training.  You can register during normal business hours at our main campus in South Saint Paul (499 Villaume Ave, South St. Paul, MN 55075).  


Our Professional Tractor Trailer Training Programs are Proficiency Based!   Students have the option of training with an automated transmission or using manual transmissions.   The #1 Goal of this program is your Safety!  Interstate has achieved a perfect safety record since the first day of operation, March 7th, 1998.  We have policies, procedures, and equipment designed to keep all of our students SAFE!

The #2 priority is to help you get your CDL license.  It is important to understand that everyone learns and progresses at a different rate.  We treat all of our students as individuals and we structure the training to meet individual needs.  While state rules prohibit us from guaranteeing that you will pass your test, our goal is to train you to develop the proficiency you need to be prepared for the test. After you pass your CDL road test there is one additional week of training in the Big Rigs. That is why this program is Proficiency Based...since everyone learns at a different pace, some drivers need more time than others to prepare for and successfully pass their driving test.

We will not push you into taking the CDL test before you are confident and ready!  And we will not delay you from taking the test once you are ready. We have better access to testing services than other truck driving schools in the area. You will have unlimited access to driving activities (backing range, simulator, and pre trip inspection preparation) to ensure you will achieve the success you deserve.

This 1st week of instruction is provided via the internet with ZOOM. On campus lab work begins the second week. Students will progress through the training based on their proficiency. Students using G.I. Bill® Benefits attend at least 20 hours per week for eight weeks. Once you start the program, we will monitor your progress. We can then predict how long it might take you to successfully prepare for and complete the CDL testing.  

The cost of our Proficiency Based Class A Training Program with automated transmissions is $5,495.00.  The cost for the Class A Program in manual transmissions is $6995.00.  Students that have previous experience with manual transmissions in cars or trucks may receive a $1,000.00 discount on the manual program if they successfully pass a manual transmission evaluation by our staff at time of registration.   

Training is completed when the student passes the CDL Road Test and has completed proficiency levels required by Federal Regulations. There are 35 subject matters that must be taught and proficiency demonstrated along with 14 driving skills that must also be taught and proficiency demonstrated. While the FMCSA does not require any number of hours of training,160 hours of training is a minimum required by many of the carriers that hire our students and most of our customers will exceed the 160 hours easily.  Should students need more time on the backing range or driving simulators, there is no extra charge for this additional time.  We feel an obligation to every student to help them succeed and thus we do not put a limit on time they have access to these two activities.


No Hidden Fees! 

No Cost for Re-Tests*

Licensed Class A Driver Refresher Program

What this program includes:

  • Up to 10 Hours of One-on-One Training
  • Up to 20 Hours of Simulator Training (more time available without charge)
  • Up to 30 Hours of Backing Range Practice (more time available without charge)
  • 100 Hours Of Classroom and Coursework Education.

Due to COVID 19, this program has limited availability.  Please contact our main campus for current offerings.

The goal of the Licensed Class A Driver Certification Program is to help drivers that already have a Class A license refresh their driving skills with larger over the road tractors with manual transmissions and trailers up to 53'.  

Our 160 hour refresher Program has all of the elements of the Professional Tractor Trailer Program without the road test preparation. Tuition includes all text books, DOT physical, and DOT drug screen.

More detailed information on Tractor Trailer Training Programs

Our Professional Tractor Trailer Course is your gateway into a great career in the trucking industry. We will help you every step of the way as you learn to properly inspect commercial vehicles, learn to back up trailers proficiently, shift properly, and drive a tractor/trailer rig safely.  You will participate in class, practice your inspections, practice your backing on our range, and drive the tractor/trailer rigs under the guidance of our professional instructors, and spend time on our sophisticated truck driving simulators to prepare for your CDL Road Test. Students with previous experience like growing up on a farm have been able to complete the program in 4 to 6 weeks. Students with no previous experience will continue their training part time from the 5th week on until they are successful. The average student takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete the program and some take as many as 10 to 12 weeks.  

Once you have passed your road test and obtained your CDL you will complete the final phase of training with the big rigs.  You will use the next level of simulators and learn how to shift a 10 speed non-synchronized transmission if you are doing the manual transmission program.  You will have the opportunity to spend as much time as needed in the simulators to acquire the motor skills to shift the ten speed transmissions and then you will spend time with our instructors in the big rigs and complete your training.

There are conditions to road tests...most importantly, students need to attend all of the their scheduled training in order to be provided with additional tests without incurring additional fees.  Please contact our office and we will provide a written policy that fully explains re-test procedures.

It is important for every student driver to understand that schools are prohibited by state rules to promise that you will pass your road test. We work with each individual student to provide a lesson plan to help the student succeed.  We will not attempt to deceive you in any way about how quickly you will be able to pass your road test to obtain your Commercial Drivers License. That is why we cannot provide you with predetermined graduation date.  

Once you start your training, your test will be scheduled when you feel you are ready to succeed.  If by chance you do not pass your first test, we will not charge you for an additional test as long as you (*)have a perfect attendance record for your training.  You will receive additional training and then test when you feel confident. If you still have trouble with the test, we will continue re-tests until you pass without additional charge as long as you (*)continue your perfect attendance record.

You have the option of taking our Professional Training Program with a manual or automatic transmission.  It is important to understand that taking the program and testing with an automatic transmission will result in a restriction on your CDL license limiting you to automatic transmissions.  The advantage of taking the training with an automatic is the testing process is easier and the success rate of passing the first CDL road test is higher. You will likely compete the training quicker and get to work sooner.  And you will have no problem getting a great job right away at the same pay as anyone else! We recommend the automatic program to most students. Statistics have shown that new drivers are safer  and have fewer accidents using automated trucks compared to the manual transmission trucks.

Students that complete this program with an automatic transmission can go to work for almost any trucking company in the U.S. We have had students go to work for Halvor Lines, West Side Transport, Schneider, TMC, Transport America, Bay & Bay, Fed Ex, Conway, Stevens Transport, Pepsi, Coke, Olson, US Xpress, Reinhart and many more companies after taking this course. Students that have a restriction limiting them to automatic transmissions will have no difficulty finding well paying jobs.

Please contact our office today for a tour of our campus and getting started in the right direction.