Capital Transportation Academy’s CDL Class A Program is a five (5) week, 160-hour in-person training curriculum. Before you are able to drive a commercial truck, the law requires you to obtain CDL training to prepare you for the State of Ohio Class A CDL test. CTA offers personalized instruction to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully pass your examination. Passing your exam will jump-start your career as a licensed commercial truck driver in the transportation industry.

What is Class A CDL Training

Operate any vehicle with a semi-trailer or trailer with two or more axles (in most states)
Semi tractor-trailers
Truck and trailer combination vehicles
Tank vehicles
Livestock carriers

If you obtain your Class A CDL, you can drive all classes of commercial vehicles, including Class B and Class C vehicles.


The Class A training schedule at Capital Transportation Academy includes the following base schedule:

Week #1 – 40 hours of Classroom instruction
Week #2 – 40 hours of Pre-Trip and Skills Pad instruction
Week #3 – 40 hours of Skills pad and Road instruction
Week #4 – 40 hours of a combination of Pre-Trip instruction, Skills Pad instruction, and Road instruction
Week #5 – Test Out


Capital Transportation Academy’s Licensed CDL Instructors each have over 20 years of commercial driving experience. Our trainers are passionate about your personal roadmap and are dedicated to coaching you on driver safety, air brakes, combination vehicles, pre-trip vehicle inspection, maneuverability, and on-road driving.

Our Instructors’ approach to training is unique:

  • Personal interaction with students so our instructors get to know you
  • Our instructors take CTA’s 90%+ graduation rate serious
  • Patience matters – our instructors work with you to help you achieve your roadmap to success!

Capital Transportation Academy offers small class sizes, which enables us to give more attention and time to you behind the wheel. Our trucks are equipped to enhance student safety and learning so each student trains in a safe and clean environment.

Our Training Equipment

Our trucks are equipped to enhance student safety and learning so each student trains in a safe and clean environment.

Capital Transportation Academy maintains a fleet of nine (9) tractor/trailer units for Class A CDL training, including late-model Freightliner Cascadia and Freightliner Columbia tractors with 48 ft. dry van trailers for conducting training. The Freightliner specifications include Detroit Diesel engines with 10-speed Eaton Fuller transmissions, which is one of the most popular setups in the trucking industry. The condo sleeper areas of the Capital Transportation tractors have been converted into a student training configuration to include air-ride seating for up to four (4) trainees along with the CDL Instructor.

Need Employer B2B Training?

CTA provides customized CDL training for your employees, focused on driver safety, employee retention, and the needs of your operation.

Class A Drivers Needed

Retiring soon or already retired? Great full or part-time career opportunities are available as a CTA Qualified Instructor.