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What Can You Accomplish with a Class A CDL?

Differences between the CDL licenses

Have you always dreamed of a life on the open road? Apex CDL provides students with the skills they need to obtain a Class A CDL license. Here are just some of the opportunities available if you have a CDL:

Understanding the Differences

There are actually three types of CDL: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Each class offers different possibilities based on what the CDL permits. Each state has different rules and requirements for obtaining these licenses, so a thorough understanding will help guide your career goals.

Class A

This license will allow drivers to:

  • Drive tractor-trailers, livestock carriers, flatbeds, tanker vehicles, etc
  • Operate any vehicle with a trailer or semi-trailer with two or more axles.
  • Operate any vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) over 26,000 pounds.
  • Tow trailers with more than 10,000 pounds of GVWR
  • Operate Class B and Class C vehicles

Class B

Class B CDLs are only slightly different from Class A because drivers can:

  • Drive delivery trucks, school or tourist buses, dump trucks, etc
  • Operate any vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) over 26,000 pounds.
  • Tow trailers with less than 10,000 pounds of GVWR
  • Operate Class C vehicles, but not Class A vehicles

Class C

Drivers who get a Class C CDL can:

  • Drive vehicles not included in Class A or Class B, such as passenger vans
  • Transport hazardous materials
  • Drive 16 or more passengers, driver included

Exciting Opportunities

Drivers who obtain a Class A CDL are looking for a career in long-haul trucking or other commercial transportation. Apex CDL’s program assists students in getting their Class A CDL learner’s permit and prepare for the Kansas and Missouri CDL license test. Some trucking companies require additional hours of on-the-job training before they hand over the keys, but obtaining a Class A CDL is the best first step. Apex CDL’s four-week program will ensure you have all the skills you need for an exciting trucking career by the time you graduate.

Contact Apex CDL today to find out how you can get started in truck driving today.

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