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.
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.
Tuition at Future Truckers of America is very competitive in relationship to other truck schools in the region.
Please contact the school directly at 1 (800) 610-3777 for tuition costs.
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.
The requirements for obtaining your CDL include Minimum age of 18, valid driver’s license from your state of residency, ability to pass DOT physical and 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 your state of residency until you turn 21.
NCDMV regulations require that every person entering a truck school complete the minimum requirements regardless if you have a CDL Permit or not. Under new federal CDL guidelines, FTA can now train and test students from any state in the nation. However, any Non-North Carolina resident must obtain their CDL permit prior to enrolling at FTA.
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.
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:
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.
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.