CDL Academy
Fort Smith, AR


Our mission is to meet the career development goals of every student we train while supporting industry requirements for better-prepared candidates in today's high tech workplace, while simultaneously adding value to our communities.

CDL Academy is passionate about training our community for well paid and fulfilling technical careers. We’re committed to quality training and job placement assistance, with our goal being to assist each of our students in finding the job they deserve.

CDL A Certification

CDL A Certification at CDL Academy

The CDL training program will consist of 160 hours of classroom, range and behind the wheel (BTW) activities. Fifty four hours will be spent in the class room, fifty five hours will be spent on the range and thirty five hours will be spent observing BTW operations. Each student will have at least 16 hours of BTW, with at least 3 hours being during the hours of darkness.

The classroom, range and behind the wheel instruction will include:

  • Instruction in the laws and regulations pertaining to the interstate and intrastate commercial motor vehicle operation.
  • Both classroom and range training will be conducted on the proper completion of pre-trip and post-trip vehicle and equipment inspections.
  • Range instruction will include training in the coupling and uncoupling of combination units.
  • Range training will cover the aspects of placing a commercial motor vehicle in operation.
  • The proper use of different motor vehicle controls and emergency equipment.
  • Operation of the commercial motor vehicle in the inner city, farm to market roads, interstate highways and will include the skills in passing, turning, backing and parking the commercial motor vehicle.
  • Extensive training will be given in the skills of braking and slowing the vehicle by means other than the application of the service brakes.
  • Extensive training will be conducted in the proper completion of the driver’s daily log book.
  • Instruction will also be given in accident prevention, personal health and fitness, and in public relations.


5111 Rogers Avenue Suite 418

Fort Smith,