Belmont College’s Truck Driving Academy can prepare you for a high-paying career in as little as five weeks. Our wide-ranging curriculum and training process are focused on helping you pass the CDL exam and earn your Class A license. You’ll get plenty of time behind the wheel learning from state-certified instructors licensed with the Ohio Division of Public Safety. Training on any combination vehicle such as a semi-tractor trailer and hazmat endorsements.

Class Start Dates

February 12

March 4

Commercial Truck Driving Training

The Truck Driving Academy serves Belmont, Harrison, Monroe, and surrounding counties, and is licensed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Classroom Instruction Includes:

  • Vehicle safety
  • Shifting
  • Log book
  • Pre-trip preparation
  • Coupling/uncoupling
  • Air brakes
  • Weight distribution and proper loading
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Handling hazardous materials
  • Map reading
  • Textbooks, workbooks, and materials

Range practice and road course covers skills such as:

  • Basic control systems
  • Safe operating procedures
  • Speed management
  • Extreme driving conditions
  • Backing
  • Visual search
  • Night operations

Train for your Class A CDL in just five weeks*

  • Daytime classes available Monday through Friday
  • Workforce funds available to students who qualify**
  • CDL test Included
  • Drug screening/DOT physical required
  • Job placement assistance

*To enroll in this program, you must pass a USDOT physical exam and an alcohol and controlled substance test and have a valid state driver’s license. Payment of proof of funding must be submitted before starting program. 

**Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds are available to students who qualify. Contact Ohio Means Jobs or Workforce West Virginia for WIOA funding. 

CDL Student Loan – How to Afford the Cost of Truck Driving School

Taking out a personal student loan is a great option for students to pay for their truck driving school tuition. Many employers offer a tuition reimbursement program to help graduates make their monthly loan payments.

Belmont Savings Bank offers a great solution to afford CDL training. To apply, fill out the Belmont College CDL Loan Application.

  • 5-year term (rate kicks in at the start of the first payment)
  • 6-month deferral – begins once the loan is signed
  • No penalty for early payoff
  • $100 application fee (included in the loan – student doesn’t pay up front)

To learn more, contact the Workforce and Community Education Office at 740-695-9500 or Belmont Savings Bank at 740-676-1165.

For financial assistance, contact the following State Workforce/Job Service Offices:

  • Belmont County Ohio Means Jobs: 740.633.5627 – 302 Walnut St, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
  • Harrison County Ohio Means Jobs: 740.942.2171 – 520 N. Main Street, Cadiz, OH 43907
  • Monroe County Ohio Means Jobs: 740.472.1602 – 100 Home Av, Woodsfield, OH 43793
  • Jefferson County Ohio Means Jobs – 740-282-0971 – 114 North 4th Street, Steubenville, OH 43952
  • Workforce West Virginia: 304.232.6280 – 1275 Warwood Ave, Wheeling, WV 26003

Ohio Department of Higher Education CDL Student Aid

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will award funds to institutions that select students to receive the grant and loan combination for their CDL training. Half of the program costs will be covered by a grant and the other half, a forgivable loan. The loan portion will be forgiven after one-year of employment. The award period for the Program is for one academic year with programs beginning on or after May 23, 2022, through December 31, 2023.

Student Eligibility

  • Ohio resident
  • Institutions will determine the following student requirements:
  • Passed drug test
  • Moving violations – 3 or less in past two years
  • Has not plead guilty to or been convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse in the past twelve months.
  • May not be currently in default with a federal loan.

*Students with a felony are eligible


Workforce Development & Community Education Office