Frequently Asked Questions
In order to become a class A truck driver (a category that includes almost all tractor trailers), you’ll need to earn your Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). In order to receive CDL certification, you will have to pass the state exam.
The full CDL program is four weeks long depending on testing. The refresher course is one-week long. 160 hours of training might sound like a lot, but with New Sound Trucking School, you can finish our program in just four 40 hour weeks. We also offer night and weekend classes for students who have jobs and other obligations during the day.
NSTS will prepare you for your written exam with 40 hours of classroom instruction. Our driving training involves 120 hours of practice behind the wheel on local streets, highways, and interstate roads.
We keep our class sizes small because we are focused on making sure each student has time to practice and learn the skills they need to pass their test and obtain their CDL. Expect no more than 10 students per class per week. In the yard, there will be no more than 3 students per instructor.
No. Our normal hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm—excluding public holidays. Evening classes are available on an as needed basis.
Absolutely! We can prepare you for the Tanker, Passenger, School Bus or HazMat written exams. Getting an endorsement in addition to your CDL can greatly increase your salary and job prospects.
Our CDL training facility is in Fife, WA.
Tuition for the CDL course is $3,800. Our refresher course is $1,700. Since applicants will not be under contract, we require a 50% down payment due on the first day of school. NSTS works with many leading trucking companies who are willing to cover 100% of a student’s tuition if he or she meets certain requirements and accepts a job after graduation. We’re here to help make your education as affordable as possible.
Absolutely! The average commercial truck driver makes $54,000 a year, and most industry jobs pay a starting salary of at least $40,000*. If you decide to return and earn additional endorsements, you could eventually make over $100,000 a year!
We accept cash, credit card, and money orders.
NSTS also works with numerous banks, agencies, and programs including: Private loans, Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Amazon employee training benefits, Boeing current employee training benefits, TANIF education and training benefits, WorkSource unemployment retraining benefits.We assist all students with creating a customized financial plan that works for them and always look for free or low-cost options first. Students always have the option to pay “out-of-pocket” via cash or card.
We accept and work with the following programs:
• Amazon employee training benefits
• Boeing current employee training benefits
• Corrections Clearinghouse
• Department of L&I retaining benefits
• TANIF education and training benefits
• Unemployment retraining benefits
We also work with trucking companies who offer tuition reimbursement to students.
For those who do not qualify for any of the above programs we accept student loans through Climb Credit and Paramount Capital.
Please note that Climb and Paramount are loan companies and they charge interest and additional fees.
Most students can receive a loan offer regardless of credit. Most over-the-road companies offer tuition reimbursement to help students recover their investment in training. Both financed and students who pay with cash can receive reimbursement.
We are a State Approved Vendor for the WorkSource Program that offers training resources for those who qualify. This program is administered through your WorkSource Center. If you have been laid-off, receiving unemployment or SNAP benefits, you may be eligible for a grant to pay tuition. Contact a NSTS student coordinator to point you in the right direction.
At NSTS Tractor Trailer Training, our goal is to assist as many qualified students get their CDL Training for as little out-of-pocket cost as possible. NSTS offers a variety of financial options for students concerned with truck driving school costs, or how to pay for their tuition. Students are able to focus less on the cost of tuition, and more on beginning a new career! Our New Sound Truck Driving School training is cheaper than almost any other truck driving school available. Students have many funding options. These include grants, student loans, and other State and Local programs for our truck driving programs.
Yes! NSTS provides assistance with job placement to all graduates who are in good standing with the school and wish to use the service. Although we cannot guarantee any job, graduates who wish to do so may take advantage of a number of services provided to them, including assistance with updating resumes, preparing for job interviews, employer referrals, or other services.
When you go through NSTS for your CDL training, you’ll receive the best quality truck driver training at the most affordable cost. With our Job Placement assistance, students can choose from dozens of employment opportunities with national, regional, dedicated, and local carrier companies – and have ongoing job placement with us!
We offer lifetime job placement to all our graduates! We partner with local and OTR trucking companies and almost every single student at New Sound Truck Driving School has job offers from multiple carriers before they even begin their training.
During training, student coordinators will meet each student personally to assist in their Job Placement process. Staff is available to answer questions and help guide students to a company that best suits their needs. Recruiters from various companies come on-site and give presentations to students about their company. Students can then apply to the employers if they so choose. Most students have multiple pre-hires awaiting them upon graduation. After completing their training, students are immediately able to report to employers. With the help of NSTS, new drivers average $700 – $1200 weekly their first year!
Our Job Placement staff will provide you with the tools that are necessary for you to find employment, including helping you search and apply for current job openings with a wide variety of local, regional, and national trucking companies and employers that consistently hire our graduates. We also regularly host employers on campus for presentations and recruiter visits.
You must complete a full application and obtain your Class A learner’s permit prior to starting the CDL Program.
You must complete a full application and obtain your Class A learner’s permit prior to Admission to NSTS and the Professional Truck Driver programs includes:
• Must be at least 18 years of age. (The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all interstate drivers be at least 21 years of age.
• Must have high school diploma or equivalent.
• Must provide a driving record free of current serious violations
• Must be able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical as required by Federal & State agencies.
• Must be able to pass a drug screen when administered.
• No felony convictions in the past five (5) years.
Your Admissions Officer will cover any and all additional enrollment requirements for those who wish to enroll at NSTS as a regular student, and will provide a list of items that must be completed prior to enrollment.
the CDL Program.
Give us a call at 253.210.0505 or fill out our online form, and a career counselor will contact you from there. We look forward to hearing from you!
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