Arizona Truck Driving Schools

You will find plenty of truck driving careers in Arizona. Whether you are near Phoenix, Mesa or somewhere else in the state, there are employers looking for qualified drivers.

Salary & Career Outlook

The estimated salary for a truck driving career in Arizona is $42,260 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). This is one of the higher paid trucking states in the country. If you wish to impact your salary further, consider the industry you decide to drive for.

Since there are so many opportunities in the state, itís a good idea to take the time to familiarize yourself with them. There are considerable differences within the industries, such as whatís required to drive for a general trucking firm versus a petroleum company. You may need additional endorsements on your license, so find out what you need to pursue the career that interests you.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics sites career outlook to be high. A 21% growth is expected within the next decade. This growth is going to lead to more job stability for you as well as giving you more opportunities to choose from once you have a CDL in your hand.

Benefits to Working in a Truck Driving Career

There are a lot of benefits to having a trucking career in Arizona. One of them is the weather. At 193 clear days a year, itís hard not to enjoy driving around the state. Depending upon where you do the bulk of your driving, you may never have to worry about snow chains or driving in severe weather at all.

Another benefit of working in Arizona is a relatively low cost of living. You can find many affordable homes throughout the state and the sales tax is not as high as it is in some states. This makes it easier for you to afford living in the state while earning a high salary.

When youíre a trucker, you also donít have to worry about office politics. You are in your own world behind the wheel of a truck so thereís no one to micromanage you, tell you what station you have to listen to or even how loud you can listen to music.

Important Laws & Regulations

When you have a CDL in Arizona, itís important to note the instances where you can receive points on your license. If you receive 8 points or more in 12 months, you will be required to attend Traffic Survival School (TSS). Failure to do so can result in having your license suspended.

As a truck driver, you will be required to maintain DOT regulations. This means keeping track of the number of hours you are behind the wheel consecutively and how many hours you drive in a 7 day period. You will not be able to exceed DOT regulations or you will be penalized.

Links and Resources
Arizona CDL Requirements

The United States federal government has established requirements that state any individual who wants to operate a commercial vehicle must obtain a commercial driverís license from the state they reside in. A class A commercial vehicle is classified as any combination vehicle that weighs more than 26,001 pounds with a trailer that has a weight of 10,000 pounds or more. Each state, including Arizona, has its own requirements that establish how to obtain a CDL.

The first step to get a CDL in the state of Arizona is to get an instruction permit. When you go to the DMV to apply for the permit you must have with:

  • A Medical Examiner Certificate completely filled out

  • Valid operating license

  • Identification and social security card

You must have your valid operating license for at least one year before you can apply for a CDL. You must also be at least 18 or older if you only intend to drive in the state of Arizona and 21 or older if you want to engage in intrastate travel as established by the federal government. Once you provide the proper documentation and pay a fee of $25 for a basic class A permit, you can take the knowledge testing to get the permit. It is valid for six months. If you want any endorsements on your CDL such as a tank endorsement, HME or double/triple trailer endorsement, you must pay an additional fee and take the appropriate tests.

Once you feel confident in your abilities the next step is to take your CDL road test. You are responsible for bringing the type of vehicle you are testing for since the DMV does not provide testing vehicles. The CDL is valid for a period of five years once you get it.

You will be disqualified from holding a CDL for one year if you are found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a motor vehicle. If you get a second conviction the disqualification is for life, although Arizona does have a condition that allows reinstatement after 10 years if a rehabilitation program has been completed both voluntarily and successfully.

For more information on obtaining your Arizona CDL, visit Arizona's DMV site.

American Institute of Technology
440 S. 54th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85043

Aodt Inc.
7322 MacArthur Dr. N.
Little Rock, AZ 72118

CDL Truck School Inc.
1313 N. 25th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Cochise College
1110 W. Fremont
Wilcox, AZ 85643

Cochise College
4190 W. Hwy 80
Douglas, AZ 85607

Cochise College
901 N. Colombo
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Glendale Community College
6000 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302

HDS Truck Driving Institute
6251 S. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85706

Mohave Community College Truck Driving Program
1971 Jagerson Ave.
Kingman, AZ 86401

M. S. Carriers Professional Driving Academy
6021 W. Sherman St.
Phoenix, AZ 85043

Pima Community College
6680 S. Country Club
Tuscon, AZ 85709

1971 Jagerson Ave. (at Mohave Community College)
Kingman, AZ 86401

Southwest Truck Driver Training
2211 W. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Swift Professional Truck Driver Training
2200 S. 75th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85043

Western Truck School
5347 W. Luke St. Ste 2
Glendale/Phoenix, AZ 85040

Western Truck School
6025 North 27th Ave. Suite #2
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Western Truck School
4726 South Country Club Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85714

Western Truck School
941 E. 19th St.
Tucson, AZ 85719