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CDL Schools in Arizona

Some people like driving, others like driving specific vehicles, like trucks, while others just like repairing vehicles.

If you belong to either group of people, you could consider getting a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or becoming a mechanic.

When do you need a CDL in Arizona?

Driving any commercial vehicle means you need a CDL, according to the federal law.

If you’ll be driving any of the following vehicles, you’ll need the CDL.

Class A:

  • Only for a combination of vehicles with a gross weight of over 26,001 pounds
  • Can tow vehicles of over 10,000 pounds
  • Covers vehicles from Class B, C, and D

Class B:

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  • For a single vehicle of over 26,001 pounds
  • For any vehicle towing another one under 10,000 pounds
  • Covers vehicles from Class C and D

Class C:

  • For vehicles designed to carry at least 16 passengers (including the driver) OR
  • For vehicles designed to transport Hazardous Materials
  • These vehicles don’t meet the Class A or B criteria
  • Covers vehicles from Class D too.

Class D is only for driving personal cars.

Some of these classes may need extra qualifications, called endorsements.

Requirements

Before training for your CDL you must meet some requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old if you’ll work intrastate OR
  • Be at least 21 years old if you’ll work interstate
  • Prove you have the right to work in the USA
  • Be a resident of the State of Arizona
  • Pass a background check
  • Pass some medical examinations

The 21 age requirement also applies to:

  • Transporting hazardous materials that require placarding or
  • Operating vehicles with double or triple trailers

Some of the classes will need extra endorsements, like for the transport of hazardous materials.

Getting Your License

To get the CDL you need to attend a school and then pass an exam when the training ends.

There are many schools in Arizona offering training for CDL and some of them even offer scholarships, so check those out to see if you qualify.

If you don’t know which school to choose, consider its location, tuition, and even the size of the class.

You’ll want a class as small as possible so that you can ask the instructor more questions than you’d be able to in a large class.

School NameAddress
AIT Truck Driver Training440 S. 54th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85043
Arizona CDL1313 N. 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009
Glendale Community College Tractor Trailer Driving6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302
HDS Truck Driving Institute6251 S Wilmot Rd, Tucson, AZ 85756
Mesa Community College1833 West Southern, Mesa, AZ 85202
Phoenix Truck Driving Institute2621 S. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85043
Pima Community College CTD Career Training4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85709
Southwest Truck Driver Training842 S 59th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85043
Southwest Truck Driver Training1230 W Glenn St, Tucson, AZ 85705
Swift Driving Academy2200 W 75th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85043
Yavapai College - Career and Technical Education Center220 Ruger Rd., Ste 1, Prescott, AZ 86301
Yuma Truck Driving School3180 E 32nd Street, Yuma, AZ 85365

Any of those schools will teach you everything you know to pass the CDL exam.

The exam has 2 parts:

  • a practical one, to show your skills
  • a written one, to show your knowledge.

There are fees to pay when taking these exams, as follows:

  • For the skills test, the fees are:
    • Class A or B vehicle: $25
    • Class C vehicle: $12.50
    • Passenger or school bus endorsement: $5 (it is added to an existing CDL)
  • Your license needs to be renewed, and the fees are:
    • Class A or B: $15
    • Class C: $10
    • HME: $10 (pass a knowledge test too)

Income

Commercial drivers in Arizona earn on average about $43,724 per year, while those in the top 10% earn about $50,673 per year.

The median salary in the United States for these drivers is $44,225 while those in the top 10% make around $51,254 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$38K
$43K
$50K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Phoenix$43,822
Tucson$41,554
Mesa$42,987
Chandler$42,987
Scottsdale$42,987
Glendale$43,822
Gilbert$42,987
Tempe$42,987
Peoria$43,734
Surprise$43,133

Final Thoughts

Once you complete the training, you’re eligible to start working, and in fact, it is easy to find a job as either a truck or school bus driver, or even as a mechanic.

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