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Class A VS. Class B CDL Training

Understanding the classes of commercial vehicles and the various careers available

Entering a New Career

When looking into a professional driving career, you have options on what path you take! Understanding the difference between a Class A and Class B CDL is the best place to begin! Each license gives you different work opportunities and qualifications. To narrow down your choices, let’s look at the differences between a Class A and Class B CDL!

Understanding Class A CDL

A Class A CDL is the most popular choice, given it provides more qualifications and opportunities for work! Class A drivers can haul a trailer that weighs 10,000 pounds or more. Any combination of vehicles with a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 26,001 pounds are also eligible under a Class A CDL! Holding this license shows employers you have a versatile skill set!

Class A CDL vehicles include:

  • Tractor-trailer, big-rig, or 18-wheeler semi
  • Flatbed vehicles
  • Tanker vehicles
  • Truck and trailer combinations (double and triple trailers)
  • Tractor-trailer buses
  • Most Class B and Class C vehicles
  • Trailers with hazardous materials (upon endorsement completion)

Exploring Class B CDL

If you aren’t as interested in long-haul trucking, earning a Class B CDL might be the right fit for you! These drivers can tow a trailer that weighs less than 10,000 pounds. Vehicles with a single-vehicle weight of 26,000 or more without a trailer are also Class B CDL eligible. Although this license is more limited, it may still be the better fit for your career goals!

Class B CDL eligible vehicles include:

  • Large buses (city buses, school buses)
  • Straight trucks
  • Box trucks (including delivery trucks)
  • Cement mixers
  • Dump trucks/garbage trucks with small trailers

Assessing Personal Goals

So, which CDL is better? The expert answer: Neither is better, they’re just different! But it is likely that one or the other is better for you personally! If you’re interested in long-haul trucking and a higher earning potential, a Class A CDL would be a better fit! However, if you want to complete shorter hauls and often be home every night, a Class B CDL may be in your best interest! Thinking about your preferred vehicle to operate, your ideal work-life balance, and the job perks you’re seeking will guide your decision!

Making the Decision

You have all the information, but how do you make sense of it in order to choose the right license? Begin by thinking about your long-term career goals. You should choose the license that aligns best with the qualifications of your future career, so it continues to serve you in the long run!

After hearing the facts, this decision may come easy to you! But, if you’re still unsure about which path to take, it may be beneficial to seek consultation! Whether you speak with friends and family, go over a pros and cons list, or reach out to someone with experience in the trucking industry, sometimes another opinion can solidify your own!

Choosing a Training Program

TransTech is the leader of CDL training in North Carolina! We provide high-quality training for those looking to earn either their Class A or Class B CDL! Choosing the right truck driving school for you will make all the difference in launching a successful driving career!

Regardless of which CDL you choose, our commitment to your success does not end at graduation! Our Job Placement team works diligently to help find a position best suited for you! Get on the road to the driving career of your dreams!

Ready to begin your CDL training? Call us today at 844-633-9308!