CDL Program

Truck Drivers are in HIGH DEMAND.  This 200-hour program will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to take the licensing exam for a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in the state of Ohio.  The training program consists of 50 hours of theoretical training at Vantage Career Center and 150 hours of hands-on training within a 100-mile radius of Van Wert, Ohio.    

Credentialing Information
Successful completers will receive a certificate of completion.  The instructor will assist the student with scheduling their CDL Skills Test for a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and provide the truck needed for the skills test.  A CDL license is required to drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight.  

Admissions Criteria
 -Minimum age of 18 (those under the age of 21 may obtain an intrastate CDL only)
-Hold a valid driver's license
-Pass a Department of Transportation Physical
-Pass a drug screen
-No more than 6 points on a current driver's license
-No DUI/ DWI or Reckless Operation citation within the last three years
-No drug-related felonies

General Information
Daytime Classes meet Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (30-minute lunch)
200 total clock hours completed in 5 weeks
Start Dates for Daytime Classes:
May 6, 2024
June 11, 2024
July 22, 2024
October 1, 2024
November 6, 2024

Evening Classes meet Mondays through Fridays from 4:30 to 8:30 pm
200 total clock hours completed in 10 weeks
Start Date for Evening Classes:

Educational Costs

Financial Assistance:
"NEW" Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program - Students enrolling in Vantage's CDL training program can apply for this 50% grant and 50% loan to pay tuition fees.  Qualified completers may receive a loan forgiven if they meet requirements.  Contact the financial aid office for additional details.
Grants/Scholarships - Check the financial aid webpage for any grants or scholarships applicable to this program.    

VA Educational Benefits - Apply for your VA benefits online at  Contact the Financial Aid Office to complete certification.
OhioMeansJobs - Financial Assistance may be available for those that qualify through your local Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) agency.  Students must work directly with OMJ to apply.   Additional Information  
Employer Assistance -  CDL drivers are in high demand.  Some companies may assist with tuition fees. 

Job Outlook
To explore this career further, go to O*NET Online.   The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor. 

contact us

Hartsel Bryant
CDL Training Manager
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2007
Maria Diltz
Enrollment, Assessment, and Customized Training Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2118
Kendra Sentelik
Financial Aid Coordinator/ Accreditation Liaison Officer/ VA School Certifying Official
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2110
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