Truck Driving (CDL Class A)

Truck Driving (CDL Class A)

Degree Type

12-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

Less than 1 year

Start Date

Dates Vary

How You'll Learn




Truck drivers transport goods from one point to another, oftentimes traveling through multiple states and navigating adverse road and weather conditions. In this program, prepare to earn a Class A Commercial Truck Driver's License. Gain knowledge of federal and state regulations, safety procedures, hazardous materials, bills of lading, loading and securing, and air brake systems.

This program consists of 128 hours each of classroom instruction, time driving on the track and road driving.

  • A 10-week daytime option (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) is offered in fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • A 16-week evening option (Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., plus one Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) is offered during the fall and spring semesters.
  • A 19-week weekend option (Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Costs

  • Semi Kit: $140
  • iPad (128GB) - optional, rent from WCTC Bookstore: $100
  • DOT Physical: approximately $75
  • CDL Learner's Permit: $30
  • CDL Skills and Road Test: $150

How To Start

Participants in this program must possess a valid regular driver's license, speak and read English, and be at least 18 years of age. Program students must obtain a Wisconsin Commercial Class A learner's permit to participate in the program.

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Program Details

Truck Driving Hotline

If you enjoy driving and have a clean driving record, possess the physical stamina to be behind the wheel for several hours at a time, and are interested in truck maintenance and mechanics, a career in the trucking industry may be for you. Those in this industry are good time managers and can work independently.

  • Truck Driver

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Please note:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You may only drive within the state until you are 21 years old.
  • You cannot pick up shipping containers until you are 21 years old.

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$43,000 – $58,400 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

This program does not qualify for financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


Graduates will have an opportunity to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License; endorsements for hazardous materials, tankers and doubles/triples; air brake certification; and a National Safety Council Defensive Driving Certificate.


Train in a state-of-the-art truck driving simulator that can replicate real-life high-risk situations within a safe environment before advancing to driving tractor-trailers with an instructor on area roadways.


Participate in service-learning projects that benefit the community. In the past, instructors and students transported donated food to the Food Pantry of Waukesha.

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