Frequently Asked Questions

Does FTA participate in a random drug and alcohol program

Yes.  All students at FTA are enrolled in a random drug and alcohol program in accordance with FMCSR and NCDMV regulations.  Refusal to submit to testing or a positive test result will lead to immediate termination from the training program.

Do you offer financing?

No.  Future Truckers of America does not offer any type of financing.  All tuition, fee's, and expenses must be paid in full upon completion of the training program.

How Much Does It Cost?

Tuition at Future Truckers of America is very competetive in relationship to other truck schools in the region.

In addition to the cost of tuition, there are a few state fees which are required. Please view the applicable state fees on the right hand side of this page.

Please contact the school directly for tuition costs.  1-800-610-3777

 

Do I need a high school diploma?

No.  You do have to be able to do simple math such as addition/subtraction and multiplication/division.  You should be able to read and understand the English language to a point that you can follow directions and communicate with instructors, employers, and law enforcement officials.

What Are The Requirements For Obtaining My CDL?

The requirements for obtaining your CDL include: Minimum age of 18, valid driver's license from North Carolina, ability to pass DOT physical, drug screen.  In addition, you must pass the CDL permit (written test), obtain 160 hours of classroom, driving and observation time, and pass the pre-trip inspection & road test as set forth by each state.

For further information about the DOT physical, please visit FMCS Medical Criteria.

Although you can obtain your CDL license at the age of 18, you will only be able to transport freight within the state from which you obtained your CDL until you turn 21.

I Have My CDL Permit From Another State. Do I Have To Take The Entire Training Program?

NCDMV regulations require that every person entering a truck school complete the minimun standards regardless if you have a CDL Permit or not.  Currently FTA only accepts North Carolina Residents.

I Have My CDL Permit. Do You Offer Driving Training Only?

Regardless of whether you have your permit before enrolling in a North Carolina Truck School, you must complete the entire training program under North Carolina DMV regulations.  The information required to get your permit is important.  However, there is much more information you need to know about the trucking industries and the rules and regulations that govern it.

What Is WIOA?

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded training and job program that creates a new approach providing workforce investment activities through statewide and local systems. Authorized workforce innovation and opportunity activities provided at the local level benefit job seekers, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, persons with disabilities, and employers. These activities promote an increase in employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skill attainment by participants. This improves the quality of the workforce, reduces welfare dependency, and enhances the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program helps you find a job or train for a new career, and Future Truckers of America is "WIOA Approved" in North Carolina, South Carolina, & Virginia. All adults, age 18 or older, are eligible to receive core services. There are certain criteria involved to become WIOA approved, and we encourage you to Contact Us through our Online Application to request more information.

What Are Endorsements?

Endorsements are additional tests you must pass when you want to be licensed for certain kinds of vehicles. In North Carolina, the following endorsements apply:

  • H - Authorizes you to drive a vehicle transporting hazardous materials (hazmat)
  • T - Authorizes you to drive double trailers (combinations)
  • P - Authorizes you to drive passenger vehicles
  • N - Authorizes you to drive tank vehicles
  • X - Is a combination of the hazmat and tank vehicle endorsements

What Is Tuition Reimbursement?

Future Truckers of America invites the top nationally recognized trucking companies to make presentations to our students. We want you to have a job immediately after completion of your CDL training, and this gives you the opportunity to pose questions to the representatives of these companies.

Different companies have different job openings - such as Over the Road (long haul), flatbed, refrigerated, expedited, cross-border, etc. In addition, these companies may operate primarily in specific parts of the country. You may want to see parts of the Great Plains or California coast line, or you may wish to stay closer to home. The point is: you will get a chance to "interview" many different trucking companies and pre-apply to those companies.

Many of these trucking companies offer "tuition reimbursement", which simply means that if they, and you, believe you are a match for each other, they will pay you for your tuition over a period of time. Typically, this can mean $100 plus added to your pay check each month.

There are many factors that can affect whether or not you are a desirable candidate for tuition reimbursement. To gear things in your favor, we suggest you opt to obtain endorsements. The more endorsements you have, the more positions you will be able to fill. In particular, a Hazmat endorsement is strongly recommended. In addition, if you do not have a passport, you should consider getting one. Many trucking companies carry freight into Canada and Mexico. If you have a Hazmat endorsement and a valid passport, you will have a better chance at landing a great truck driving job that will not only give you experiences you never thought possible, but also the opportunity to receive tuition reimbursement.

What Items Should I Bring On The First Day?

  • Current Driver's License
  • Social Security Card
  • Calculator
  • Completed school application
  • $100.00 for drug screen/physical (if applicable)
  • Motor Vehicle Report if requested
  • Criminal Report if requested

What Percentage Of Students Are Women?

Approximately 12% of truck drivers (nationally) are women, and this same statistic is in line with Future Truckers of America's enrollment trends. There is a growing demand for truck drivers, and women are realizing more and more that this profession fits them well.

State Fees

CDL Permit Fee: $3.00

CDL License: $27.00

Testing: $0.00

Drug Screen & Physical: $100

CDL Permit: $60

License Fee: $100

Drug Screen & Physical: $120

CDL Permit Application Fee: $27.50,

(plus $3.00 for each endorsement)

CDL Testing Fee: $25

License Fee: $7.50

Drug Screen & Physical: $100

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