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SAGE offers a wide variety of truck driving and CDL training programs across the country to meet the needs of new drivers and employers. SAGE’s basic CDL coaching programs are based upon the entry-level driver training (ELDT) standards set by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The programs are continually improved and updated by the schools’ program advisory committee, which is comprised of a broad base of trucking industry professionals.

Online CDL training resources are available for SAGE students through ProDriverU as an option to help improve the learning experience. ProDriverU is designed to help students learn all of the federal ELDT theory training topics. Once completed, an ELDT completion document may be issued for your records. An 80% grade is required by FMCSA to complete the theory ELDT course.

Not all CDL coaching programs are available at every location, and training programs may vary based on state requirements or partner school policies. General program descriptions are provided below.

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Class A

Comprehensive Tractor-Trailer Driver Training

SAGE’s flagship training programs offer a comprehensive curriculum that provides students with the substantial knowledge and practical skills necessary to become entry-level, over-the-road truck drivers. The training programs consist of 150-160 hours of instruction conducted over 4-5 weeks. Based on ELDT standards, the comprehensive training program teaches new drivers the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the trucking industry. These new driver training programs are designed for inexperienced students. They are appropriate for those drivers interested in getting a Class A CDL and a good truck driving job with no prior knowledge or experience in truck driving. This is our most popular type of program!

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Class A, B, or B to A

Commercial Driver’s License Essentials

The “Essentials” training format is to provide students with essential knowledge and practical skills necessary to be qualified as an entry-level, supervised, over-the-road or in-town driver of tractor-trailers, heavy duty trucks, dump trucks, and medium-sized delivery trucks. This type of program is designed to provide tractor-trailer driving fundamentals to students who have minimal or no truck driving experience. The program includes classroom instruction, hands-on labs and independent study labs, and substantial behind-the-wheel driving time on a practice range and public roads.

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Truck Driver Refresher Training

This “Refresher” program provides sufficient knowledge and skills to applicants with some prior experience to enable them to pass the written and practical portions of the CDL examination. The program also provides an excellent opportunity for those who have their CDL but need to improve driving skills through focused, hands-on driver training. The concentrated program consists of 40 hours of instruction (20 driving hours) conducted over 1-2 weeks.

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Class B

Straight Truck Class B Driver

This program is designed for those students who wish to obtain a Class B CDL license for “straight trucks,” including delivery trucks, dump trucks, water trucks, waste trucks and concrete mixers. The program includes preparation for the CDL tests and basic skills instruction completed in 40 hours. Not available at all schools.

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If you're considering a career in trucking or commercial driving, obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License is your golden ticket. But it's not just about passing a test; it's about mastering the skills and knowledge needed to navigate America's highways safely and efficiently. Quality CDL training is the cornerstone of this journey, providing you with the expertise and confidence you need on the road. That's where Sage comes in. As a leading provider in top-tier CDL coaching, we offer comprehensive courses tailored to fit your needs and career goals. Don’t just aim to pass the test; become an industry expert. Elevate your career with the best CDL training program at Sage.

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Why CDL Training is Essential

Having a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) opens up a world of opportunities. For starters, it's a gateway to a career in an industry that's always in demand. Whether it's long-haul trucking, driving for public transit, or operating heavy machinery, job prospects are abundant. Additionally, these roles often come with competitive salaries, health benefits, and even opportunities for advancement.

However, the job isn't just about getting behind the wheel; it's about shouldering a significant amount of responsibility. You're accountable for the safety of the goods you transport, your vehicle, and most importantly, the lives of people on the road. Inaccurate maneuvers, misjudgments, or lack of awareness can result in severe, sometimes fatal, consequences.

That's why quality training isn't just an optional extra—it's essential. Proper training equips you with the skills to handle various driving conditions, teaches you the laws and regulations you must adhere to, and emphasizes the ethics of road safety. In essence, comprehensive training ensures you're not just competent, but exceptional in your role as a commercial driver.