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Course/Program-Related FAQs

What programs does TDDS Technical Institute offer?

We offer Truck Driver Training and Diesel Technician Training programs. For more information, please click on the name of the program that interests you.

How long are the programs?

TDDS offers 16-week training (10 weeks residency training and six weeks paid externship), 25-week training (19 weeks residency training and six weeks paid externship) and a 5-week residency training in our Truck Driver Training programs. Our Diesel Technician Training program is a 50-week course, which includes six weeks of truck driver training.

What days/hours do students typically attend school?

Our weekend externship course is Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and consists of nine weeks of classroom training and eight weeks of road and site training as dispatched. Our weekday externship course is Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for classroom (four weeks), and the next six weeks are for road and site training three days per week as dispatched. Normally, students train to drive at night at least one or two days.

How do points on my license affect my acceptance to the school?

Points on your driver's license are very important and depend on the severity of the offense listed on your MVR and the application taken as a whole.

I already have a Class B license and I would like to upgrade to a Class A. Can TDDS help me do this?

Yes, go through our regular Class A CDL training and refresher course, and we will tailor the course to meet your needs. Call for more info. Most companies ask for more than 200 hours of training.

I have a license but haven't driven in several years. Do you offer refresher courses?

Yes, we do offer a refresher course but few companies honor these courses as of late. Typically, most students are required to take the full course by the industry, but you need to check with your employer.

What happens if I miss a class?

If you miss 7.5% of your scheduled hours, you will be put on probation. At 10%, your program will be terminated. Students do have the ability to make up time in the classroom, but no makeup is granted for road and site training.

School/Campus-Related FAQs

Is TDDS accredited?

Yes! TDDS is proud to be a highly accredited truck driving and diesel technician training school. To learn more about our accreditation, please visit the following link:

Where is TDDS located?

TDDS Technical Institute is located between Youngstown and Akron, Ohio, located approximately midway between Cleveland, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pa., just one mile north of I-76 on State Route 534 (Exit 54) in the resort community of Lake Milton, Ohio.

Am I required to have my CDL Permit before starting school?

No, the first week of classroom time in the weekday externship program is dedicated to teaching incoming students all of the information on the CDL permit test. In the weekend externship program, this information is taught over the first two weekends.

Is student housing available?

Yes. We offer student housing that is furnished, heated and air conditioned. To learn more about our housing, visit the following link:

Financial Aid/Admissions FAQs

Are financial aid, grants or other types of payment programs available and what expense does financial aid cover?

We have financial aid options available for those who qualify. Aid can include grants, government student/parent loans or alternative educational financial aid programs. Please click the following link to learn more about our financial aid options:

Are there any age restrictions for applying to the program?

Truck drivers must be 21 years or older.   We may be able to make exception. Please contact us for more info.   Diesel mechanics must be 18 years of age or older.

How often do classes start?

Truck Driver Training every four weeks
Diesel Technician Training approximately, every three months

How soon can I start the program after enrolling?

Once your application is received and you are accepted, you will be eligible for the next available program session.

Can I schedule an appointment to talk with someone in admissions to learn more about the school?

Fill out contact form, or call 330-538-2216 or toll-free 1-800-475-8337.

What happens after I request information or send an application?

When you request information, the appropriate party will contact you.

Do you give tours of the school?

If you would like to tour our campus, please contact us to schedule your visit. We host informational seminars that you can attend. A schedule of events can be found at the following link:

I still have more questions about the program, how can I get those answered?

Fill out contact form, or call 330-538-2216 or toll-free 1-800-475-8337.

Can you send me an information packet?

Yes, this will be sent to you once you request information.

Student & Career Services

Do you offer any job placement assistance?

Yes, please visit the following link for more info:

I graduated from TDDS recently. How can I get a copy of my diploma?

Graduates may contact the Career Services Department at 1-800-475-8337 or email


I have a misdemeanor/felony on my record. Can I still qualify for employment in the trucking industry?

TDDS handles this issue on a case by case basis. Decisions are made based on multiple considerations, including offense date, type and severity of the felony committed.


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