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What is a Class A CDL ?

The Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) license allows you to operate a combination vehicle. A combination vehicle is most commonly associated with a tractor pulling a trailer, with a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), or the total weight of both the tractor and trailer, being 26,001 pounds or more.

Note – If a driver has a CDL A, they can drive a Class B or D (common car or SUV) vehicle.

A few of the vehicles you may be able to drive include:

  • Tractor-trailers
  • Truck and trailer combinations
  • Tractor-trailer buses
  • Tanker vehicles
  • Livestock carriers
  • Flatbeds

Careers that require a Class A CDL include:

  • Interstate Tractor Trailer Driver
  • Intrastate Tractor Trailer Driver

Choosing the right truck driver training program is a crucial first step in getting your Class A CDL and getting started in your new career. It’s important that the school you choose has an in-depth, hands-on CDL A training curriculum that will prepare you for an exciting career working with a major carrier.


Received my CDL training through the Bordentown, NJ location 6 years ago. Got placed with Swift upon getting license. Gave them almost 2 years, and now I am working for a local company in Cranbury. Best decision of my life! The only advice I can give to the new students, is to NEVER STOP LEARNING!! There is something new every day to learn. Just keep your eyes and ears open. Never let your guard down.

Best decision of my life!