HDS Truck Driving Institute has been providing reputed service to entire Southern Arizona ever since its inception in 1991. The fully accredited educational training institute is committed to train students assisting them acquire their Commercial Driver License and become professional drivers that numerous companies are in search of at any given time. For the past two decades, the institute has been training students enabling them to work for some of the top-notch road carriers in the country including local and regional companies.
The truck-driving institute has experienced and professional drivers imparting instruction to the innumerable number of students enrolled in the training program. The dedicated instructors also receive continuous training in multiple teaching systems ensuring students joining the institute receive top quality education always. The students are evaluated and their training assessed to ensure achievement of institutional objectives. The initiatives of the institute are used to improve efforts for students, employers, staff, and the entire community.
Truck Driving Locations:
6251 S Wilmot Rd
Tucson, AZ 85706
2621 S 51st Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85043
3180 E. 32nd St.
Yuma, AZ 85365
Training is provided for the following institutions:
- The Pima County ONESTOP Center
- Arizona Workforce Investment Act
- Department of Economic Security
- Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Arizona Department of Education
HDS Truck Driving Institute has accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The institute is a member of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association and is licensed by the Motor Vehicle Division of Arizona Department of Transportation.
The institute is affiliated to the following departments:
- Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
- The American Trucking Association (ATA)
- Better Business Bureau
- Arizona Motor Transport Association
- ATA Safety Management Council
- Arizona Motor Transport Association Safety Council
- National Safety Council
- The Driver Employer Council of America
- Commercial Vehicle Training Association
HDS Truck Driving Institute offers a diverse range of training as well as testing programs that meet with the specific requirements of students. Acquiring CDL takes about 4 weeks to maximum 6 months based on the type of program an applicant chooses. During this training period the applicant will receive a blend of yard practice and hands- on training in truck driving in addition to classroom studies. The programs provided include endorsements for tank vehicles, hazardous materials and triple or double trailers. The endorsement for passengers is optional.
The training offered includes hourly, evening, weekend, and day classes. Road testing and refresher courses are customized to meet the individual requirements. Financial aid is also provided for eligible students. The institute offers training in the following categories:
1. Class A and Class B bus training & testing
2. Nationally recognized truck driver training
3. Road testing
4. Refresher courses
5. Third-party Commercial Driver License testing
Professional Truck Driver Program
This program has 730 clock hours. The classes are scheduled to begin on the first day of every week. The classes last for 6 months of which 4 months of on-site instructions and 2 months of on job training under the guidance of a professional trainer are provided. This program involves in-depth training and includes various subjects that provide deep understanding on the operation of tractor-trailers.
On successful completion of the program, students are guaranteed 92% job placement rate. The program cost includes cost of tuition fees, books, and supplies.
For students who are looking for financing, the options offered include scholarships, grants, private and federal loans and institutional level financing plans.
CDL Training Program
This is a basic training program that clocks about 160 hours and extends over 4 weeks. The classes are scheduled to begin every Monday and continue until Friday and extend for 8 hours daily. For working students, an accommodating night schedule is available where training is conducted 4 hours in a night for a span of eight weeks.
CDL Driver Training Program
This includes 80 clock hours extending over duration of two weeks in case of day classes and 4 weeks for students opting for night classes.
Financial Assistance for CDL training
HDS truck driving institute assists students who are eligible for the training but are unable to pay for the school costs upfront. Financial assistance is made available to qualified students, so they can use student loans and finance their training. Many of the truck companies also reimburse training costs.
Additionally, HDS truck training institute offers assistance including:
• Free pre-trip observation
• Paid training for student drivers who are qualified
• Assistance in job placement for the entire lifetime
Requirements for Tucson CDL Training admission:
Applicants for commercial driver’s license training should possess one of the following:
• High school diploma certificate or
• A recognized identical qualification such as GED or
• Demonstrate ability to benefit from training by passing a test approved by the institute
For applicants providing high school diploma or some other equivalent qualification should submit GED test score transcript or graduation dates of their diploma. All documentation provided are filed and stored by the school.
In the event of the applicant, being unable to provide the above diploma or GED documentation (non-degree program) proof, the following process is applicable:
The applicant’s capability to benefit from training provided by the institute should be confirmed with the aid of documentation showing the applicant achieving approved score on a single test or multiple tests. All tests are reviewed by independent and qualified third party to ensure proper score needed for admission is achieved.
This format ensures students receiving the training will benefit from it. With acceptable scoring method the institute ensures maximum number of students can complete training and gain employment in the respective field they have received training.
Criteria for admission into Truck Driving Program:
In addition to the requirements mentioned above, the criteria enumerated below should be met with for eligibility to the program.
• Applicant should have completed twenty-one years of age by the end of the program conducted for interstate license, and eighteen years when the intrastate license program is finished.
• Should possess an active driver’s license in Arizona state to receive Arizona CDL
• Should be able to speak and read English language sufficiently to speak with public and understand the traffic signs and signals on the highways, which are written in English language. Responding to any official inquiries and for making entries on relevant records and reports, English language proficiency is also required.
• Should possess proof of minimum one uninterrupted year of experience in driving and have a country or state issued standard operator’s license.
Careers and Job Placement Ppportunities
Students who graduate from the various training programs offered at HDS training institute are guaranteed Lifetime Job Placement Assistance. Trucking industry is in need of capable and qualified drivers constantly. With the training offered at the institute a stable and successful career in the growing industry is assured for students completing CDL training.
For eligible students completing training at HDS institute, job placement at DSW truck driving company is offered. The benefits of a career in the company include
• Great salary, which is one of the highest in the industry
• Quality coverage for health, vision, and dental treatment is provided. This is applicable the first month after 90 days of employment in the company.
• Payment for new drivers for the training period of 2 to 6 weeks done under experienced mentors is provided.
• For eligible students who complete the Mentor Program at DSW successfully, tuition reimbursement is given. Student loans are taken care of for recently qualified CDL graduates.
• Steady weekly paycheck along with additional pay including Stop pay, detention pay and layover pay are provided accordingly.
• 24/7 support is provided for drivers on the job
• Drivers who have completed six months on job training are eligible for Owner Operator Program.
The various careers in truck and CDL driving include:
Over the Road
This includes transportation through public highways all over the country. The route involves passing through 48 states. The road time taken on a minimum extends from 3 weeks to 4 weeks at any given time.
Solo driving opportunities
A team career opportunity involves two drivers. This is appropriate for couples as they can work and travel as a team together.
This career option includes hauling general category freight within a distance of a limited distance of miles (a minimum of few hundred miles) in a specified region such as Tucson or Yuma region, instead of through the 48 states. The route in this career does not include the East Coast trails. Road time is a minimum of two to three weeks at any given time.
Students passing training at the institute can opt for taking up jobs as truck driving instructor.
Operator or Owner
For those who wish to operate and own their own transport rig or lease out the rig for services the training helps appropriately.
This career is for individuals who want to work closer to home instead of opting for the regional career choice. This involves working in Arizona primarily. Drivers with local career can return home nightly.