Truck Driving Academy

Professional Truck Driving Course Options:

​Class “A” Commercial Driver License Training
Class “B” Commercial Driver License Training
Refresher Course
Advanced Refresher Course


Class “A” Commercial Driver License Training

The Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Professional Driving Academy (the Academy) consists of 250 hours of instruction covering an eight week period. Class begins each day at 7:00 a.m., both classroom and in the truck, unless otherwise noted. The class ends at approximately 2:00 pm each day. Daily class ending times depend on class size, student scheduled Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) test times, and/or unforeseen equipment malfunctions. Students receive credit for their time spent at a Texas DPS facility for required testing, both the written and driving test. LIT Academy staff will assist with scheduling Commercial Driver License (CDL) driving tests with the Texas DPS office, once students complete and pass all of their required written, range and road test information. You will have two opportunities to complete and pass the driving portion of the program with DPS tester. After two failed attempts, you will be required to re-enroll in the program to continue.

Applicants must:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • possess a valid Texas Class A CDL Learner’s Permit before the beginning of the 7th scheduled class date
  • pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Examination and Drug Screen
  • upload a copy of a high school transcript or copy of their G.E.D./Diploma 
  • upload a copy of your social security card & driver's license

Entrance into the Academy is completed on a first come first serve basis. You must submit all required documents and payment of the first portion before you are assigned a class start date. 

To begin the application process students must:

Total Tuition: $3,000

It is a requirement of the Academy that applicants use the Texas Department of Public Safety Beaumont Facility, located at 7200 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont, Texas, for all Academy testing requirements. The applicant's driving record, physical exam, and drug screen results must meet DOT standards to qualify for acceptance in the Academy. Each applicant will be notified as soon as possible concerning their acceptance status to the Academy. Tuition payment will not be collected until an individual has satisfactorily met all admission requirements and been officially accepted into the training program.

*Completing this registration does not enroll you in an upcoming course. All documents must be submitted in addition to the registration and first installment of payment (or voucher of tuition assistance) must be received before a course start date will be assigned.

 

Class “B” Commercial Driver License Training

The Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Professional Driving Academy Class “B” Commercial Drivers License (CDL) consists of forty-five (45) instructional hours. Classes meet Monday through Friday for three weeks. The morning session runs from 7 am - 10 am and the afternoon session runs from 11 am - 2 pm.  During the latter portion of the course, students will take the Class “B” CDL driving test, using our equipment, at the Texas Department of Public Safety. You will have two opportunities to complete and pass the driving portion of the program with DPS examiner. After two failed attempts, you will be required to re-enroll and pay to enroll in the program to continue with an additional two exams. 

Applicants must:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • possess a valid Texas Class B CDL Learner’s Permit before a class date will be set
  • pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Examination and Drug Screen
  • upload a copy of a high school transcript or copy of their G.E.D./Diploma 
  • upload a copy of your social security card & driver's license

Entrance into the Academy is completed on a first come first serve basis. You must submit all required documents and payment in full before you are assigned a class start date and time.

To begin the application process students must:

Total Tuition: $1,500

It is a requirement of the Academy that applicants use the Texas Department of Public Safety Beaumont Facility, located at 7200 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont, Texas, for all Academy testing requirements. The applicant's driving record, physical exam, and drug screen results must meet DOT standards to qualify for acceptance in the Academy. Each applicant will be notified as soon as possible concerning their acceptance status to the Academy. Tuition payment will not be collected until an individual has satisfactorily met all admission requirements and been officially accepted into the training program.

*Completing this registration does not enroll you in an upcoming course. All documents must be submitted in addition to the registration and first installment of payment (or voucher of tuition assistance) must be received before a course start date will be assigned.


Refresher Course

This course is available to individuals that currently possess a Class “A” or "B" Commercial Drivers License (CDL), and have past experience driving commercial vehicles.  This course is specifically designed to verify that he or she is capable of performing as a professional truck driver and provide recent driving experience.
 
Upon successful completion of the skill maneuvers, the student will be issued a Certificate of Completion for Safe Operating Practices.  If the student does not complete the entire course or cannot perform the maneuvers safely or at the level we feel is satisfactory, the student will be advised to repeat the entire course or consider enrolling in the 250 hour Truck Driving Program offered at LIT.

Applicants must:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • possess a valid Class "A" Commercial Drivers License before a class date will be set
  • possess a current Medical Examiners Certificate
  • have past experience driving tractor/trailer or combination vehicles
  • upload a copy of your social security card & driver's license

Entrance into the Academy is completed on a first come first serve basis. You must submit all required documents and payment in full before you are assigned a class start date and time.

To begin the application process students must:

Total Tuition: $550

*Completing this registration does not enroll you in an upcoming course. All documents must be submitted in addition to the registration and first installment of payment (or voucher of tuition assistance) must be received before a course start date will be assigned.


Advanced Refresher Course

This course is available to individuals that currently possess a Class “A” or “B” Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and have past experience but lack recent experience driving commercial vehicles.  This course is specifically designed to verify that he or she is capable of performing as a professional truck driver.
 
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be issued a Certificate of Completion.  If the student does not complete the entire course or cannot perform the maneuvers safely or at the level we feel is satisfactory, the student will be advised to repeat the entire course or consider enrolling in the 250 hour Truck Driving Program offered at LIT.  The course involves both classroom and hands-on training in advanced operating practices, vehicle maintenance and non-vehicle activities.

Applicants must:
  • be at least 21 years of age
  • possess a valid Class "A" Commercial Drivers License before a class date will be set
  • possess a current Medical Examiners Certificate
  • have past experience driving tractor/trailer or combination vehicles
  • upload a copy of your social security card & driver's license

Entrance into the Academy is completed on a first come first serve basis. You must submit all required documents and payment in full before you are assigned a class start date and time.

To begin the application process students must:

Total Tuition: $1,000

*Completing this registration does not enroll you in an upcoming course. All documents must be submitted in addition to the registration and first installment of payment (or voucher of tuition assistance) must be received before a course start date will be assigned.