State Fair Community College

Commercial Driving Academy

Truck Driving - Class A CDL

The Program

This program is designed to train new truck drivers in the rules of the road, keeping logs, understanding regulations, and how to drive. Upon completion, participants will have earned their Class A CDL.

The training is a four-week program that incorporates approximately 40 hours of classroom time and 160 hours of driving time. As students increase their driving abilities, they will experience increasing amounts of traffic and different types of road and road conditions. Both low-use and high-use docks will be used for practice.

A new class begins on the first Monday of the month. Students will need to have all paperwork completed, their CDL permit and pass drug and health screenings preferably two weeks before classes begin.

The Cost - Tuition and Fees - $3,595 plus $102.50 for Licensure

Before Class Starts

Complete and Submit Application


Refundable up to 30 days before scheduled class. Because space is limited, you need to submit your application as soon as possible. You will be booked for the next available opening. 

Get DOT Physical and Drug Test


Non-Refundable. Two weeks before the start of class, you will be scheduled to take the DOT Physical and Drug test. Payment is due by that day. You will need to stop at campus to get instruction and supplies. Results will be sent directly to SFCC and available within a week.

Get Permit


You will need to obtain your Class A CDL driving permit with airbrake endorsement prior to starting class. This is just the written test. You can take the test at your local driver's license bureau. To study for the test, pick up a manual at the bureau or our office.

During Class

Start Class


Due prior to starting class. The balance of the $3,385 is used for instructional costs, which include costs associated with truck operation, books, and instruction.
Finishing Up

Take Driving Test


You will be provided with a tractor/trailer rig in which to take your test. Your test date will be scheduled as soon as you pass your physical and drug test.

Get License
(cost varies depending on state where applying)

$70 (Missouri)

After you pass the driving test, you will need to submit the required paperwork to obtain your license. You will be provided with the paperwork and instructions as part of the program. A $70 fee (in Missouri) needs to be submitted with the paperwork. This fee is charged each time your license is changed so you may want to consider obtaining the following endorsements at this time. Otherwise, they can be obtained later.

(Hazardous Material)

***Tanker Endorsement

***Doubles/Triples Endorsement




***Endorsement may be earned at time of license request. If endorsement is not obtained at time of original license request, an additional $70 fee will be added each time a new license is requested.

See Missouri Hazardous Materials Endorsement Application Instructions


The Job

This program was designed with the cooperation of local trucking companies to meet their increasing demands for qualified drivers. However, the CDL is good for any company to which you may choose to apply. Realize that the long-haul trucking firms have insurance requirements that may include restrictions on age and amount of driving experience that must also be met for employment. Some of the very large firms are self-insured and have fewer restrictions. However, the local trucking firms are working together to help program graduates obtain necessary driving experience and/or reach the acceptable age (21-25 depending on company). 


Contact Information

The LearningForce
State Fair Community College
3201 W. 16th Street
(660) 530-5822
(660) 530-5855 Fax

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