TDI Truck Driver Institute CDL Training

Founded in 1973 by U.S. Army Veteran Thomas Gast, Truck Driver Institute (TDI) is an adult vocational school that trains individuals and couples to get their Commercial Driver License (CDL). Truck Driver Institute offers CDL classes at 11 convenient locations across the country to make it easy for you to enroll in a truck driving school, no matter where you are located.

With 11 campuses serving 8 states, you’re always able to find a local CDL training school close by. Each of their truck driving school locations offers a spacious, modern center staffed with professional, seasoned instructors. TDI’s experienced team members are committed to providing excellent truck driver training.

Since 1973, Truck Driver Institute has offered professional CDL training and the best truck driving schools in the industry. Their schools have a reputation for graduating safe CDL drivers, and many employers recruit directly from them for that reason.

Earning Potential

Earning potential is a major consideration for commercial truck drivers. In the first year of a CDL driver job the average driver will make approximately $40,000. Many trucking drivers also get bonuses for safety records, distances traveled, and more.

Class A CDL Training Course Objectives

After graduation from this course, the student will be:

  • Qualified to secure an entry level tractor trailer job with your Class A CDL.
  • Aware of safety procedures & laws applicable to the professional driver.
  • Skillful in safe driving techniques.
  • Knowledgeable in map reading, log book rules and regulations, cargo documentation, dispatch procedures, emergency responsibilities and regulations of transportation agencies.

CDL Training Course Information

Their trucking schools operate as full-time courses that run Monday-Friday 7:00am – 5:30pm for 3 weeks, with 4 additional evening hours of training in week three.

  • Course includes classroom, range driving, and on the road training.
  • Full time Student Services Department.
  • Cost includes DOT physical, drug screen and all books and supplies.

The TDI Program

  • Their 15-day intensive class was developed and is updated regularly by seasoned, professional, truck drivers who have millions of miles logged in trucking industry.
  • As a TDI student, you’ll go through classroom instruction, hands-on training within the safety of a large, off-road driving range, and on-the-road driving instruction in modern training vehicles.
  • From the first day of class, TDI provides you with employment and job placement assistance. They also negotiate with your future employer to obtain carrier-paid tuition reimbursement when we can, which covers the cost of your training.
  • Get job placement assistance with 20+ top carriers who hire TDI graduates over those from other truck driver CDL training schools.
  • TDI’s graduate placement rate is over 90%.

The TDI Difference

  • TDI is an industry leader with a respected reputation for excellence, safety and integrity.
  • TDI is an approved Third Party CDL Examiner for every state where their campuses are located that allows third party testing. In those states, a trip to the DMV isn’t necessary.
  • As a TDI graduate you will have your Commercial Drivers License, a Diploma and job opportunities with good pay plus all of the benefits your family deserves including medical insurance, dental insurance, 401K retirement, and more.

CDL Training Course Breakdown

Week 1 - Orientation

  • Drug Screen and DOT Physical Exam
  • CDL Instruction – General Knowledge
  • Sections 1, 2 & 3 of state CDL Manual
  • CDL Preparation
  • Section 5 Air Brakes
  • Section 6 Combination Vehicles

Week 1 - Written Test

  • Log Books, hours and service requirements
  • How to Read a Map and Plan a Trip
  • Smith System
  • Weight Scales and Staying Legal
  • Cargo Claims
  • Basic Mechanical Knowledge

Week 2

  • Driving Range
  • Pre-trip Inspection
  • Backing Maneuvers, straight line and offset backing
  • Begin driving on the road — gradual progression from driving in low traffic, to light traffic, etc.

Week 3

  • Practice advanced driving skills on the driving range and on the highway
  • Night driving
  • CDL Driving Skills Test — Highway/Street Testing
  • Graduation

TDI Truck Driver Institute has 11 locations

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    4939 U.S. 78
    Oxford, AL 36203
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    20214 Highway 49
    Saucier, MS 39574
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    3542 East 500 North
    Whiteland, IN 46184
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    1523 Avco Boulevard
    Sellersburg, IN 47172
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    6201 Epps Mill Road
    Christiana, TN 37037
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    3700 St Johns Pkwy
    Sanford, FL 32771
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    5750 E. Milton Road
    Milton, FL 32583
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    3425 Lancaster Highway
    Richburg, SC 29729
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    24645 S.R. 23
    South Bend, IN 46680
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    341 East Franklin Street
    Tupelo, MS 38802
    800-848-7364

  • TDI Truck Driver Institute location

    TDI Truck Driver Institute
    100 Industrial Park Drive
    Forsyth, GA 31029
    800-848-7364

Find CDL Training Through Paid CDL Training Programs

Did you know there are also paid CDL training programs available? These are truck driving schools which are owned and operated by trucking companies. They're also known as company-sponsored CDL training programs. These programs can often turn out to be free CDL training! Check out that link to learn more.

Independent truck driving schools and company-sponsored schools are both worthy of consideration and are covered thoroughly in our truck driver's career guide.

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