Thursday, January 12, 2017

New CDL driving instruction business approved by Washington State

Professional instructor seeing steady demand for classes

Spokane-based CDL Driving School
Jason Boudreau, owner and operator of Drive509, has launched a new business to help truck drivers achieve the goal of acquiring a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). 

The business is located in Spokane, Washington and will serve students throughout Spokane County and other areas in Eastern Washington. 

The business is located at 3203 E. Main Ave. Spokane, WA and is fully licensed, bonded and insured.

Currently, any person seeking a CDL must complete a State-approved testing program. The curriculum has been approved by the Washington State CDL compliance department. Students can sign up as individuals or companies may also choose to send employees through the training. 

Some grant funding available

For a limited time, eligible students can receive a grant through WorkSource for up to $2,000. The school is offering a promotional price of $2,800 and is booked out until March.

Boudreau is the owner and main instructor and is a contracted Washington State CDL tester.  Jason has been a CDL tester for Washington State Department of Licensing for two years. “I wanted to start this business to help educate and train a new generation of truck drivers” said Jason. “With my past truck driving experience and the CDL testing, I’m able to offer firsthand experience to driving and testing”. Although he cannot legally test his students, his expertise and training will increase students’ success rate of passing final CDL exams.

Industry requirements

Many current jobs in today’s market require a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The transportation industry, heavy equipment, construction, road crews, utility crews, and waste management are just a few of many examples where the jobs require a CDL.

In order for a person to obtain a CDL, Washington State requires residents to attend an approved school. As the trucking industry continues to grow, so will the need for training to prepare and certify drivers.

The truck driving industry has faced a driver shortage and is projected to steadily increase.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

“Employment of heavy and tractor‐trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average of all occupations in the United States.”‐and‐material‐moving/heavy‐and‐tractor‐trailer‐truckdrivers

The course involves written and hands-on training. Courses offered are Class A and B CDL, CDL upgrade from B to A and employer CDL training.

Potential students or employers can reach Jason at 509.990.2884 for more information.
Jason Boudreau