Truck Driving School


Great Northwest Truck Driving School

Great Northwest Transport’s truck driver school is an elite program, that will help prepare you for a career in the commercial driving industry. With an emphasis on driver safety, our program combines classroom training with on-truck and over-the-road driver training.

Our instructor, Francisco Salinas, has over 27 years of experience operating tractor-trailers and 14 years of CDL teaching experience, seven of which were as a 3rd party CDL tester for the State of Washington.


Great Northwest Trucking School is a registered private vocational school under Washington State laws Chapter 28C.10 RCW. We are also an approved CDL training school with the Washington State Department of Licensing.

CDL Training

Great Northwest’s CDL training program is designed to give students with little or no experience the necessary skills to obtain a commercial drivers license and to find employment as truck drivers. In addition to producing graduates who are qualified for employment, we also strive to train students in a way that will make our highways safer for all of us.

Our CDL Class A program includes a total of 160 hours of training with class sizes of no more than 3 students. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, each student will receive a certificate of completion and a graded transcript.

As an approved CDL training school by the State of Washington, our training complies with the requirements outlined by the State.


  • At least 21 years of age
  • At least 5 years driving record
  • GED or equivalent education
  • Valid Washington State drivers license
  • Ability to pass DOT physical exam and drug screen


The textbook for classroom instruction is the Washington State Commercial Drivers Guide.

Topics covered include:

  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Basic Vehicle Control
  • Air Brakes
  • Mirror Usage
  • Shifting
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Skid Control
  • Coupling (5th Wheel/Pintle Hook)
  • Cargo Handling
  • Hours of Service (Log Book)
  • Trip Planning

Road Driving and Range Observation time are performed after the first week of classroom instruction. After a total of 4 weeks of training, students will take the DOT Skills test which includes vehicle inspection, basic controls (backing), and a road test.

Job Placement

Great Northwest Trucking School helps its graduates find jobs. We are owned and operated by a trucking company and we are connected to a network of trucking companies, both local and long haul. We can assist you with applying to employers even before you start training. Employers often send letters of intent to hire contingent upon a student’s completion of training and a review the students driving record, work history, and criminal background. If a student meets the employer’s requirements, a job offer can be received prior to graduation.

Standard Course

  • Includes:

  • Course Tuition ($3,800)

  • Registration Fee ($125)

  • DOT Physical Exam ($136)

  • DOL CDL Knowledge Test ($10)

  • CDL Instructional Permit ($10)

  • CDL Issue Fee ($71)

  • CDL Driving Exam ($100)

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Physical Address:
Great Northwest Truck Driving School
251 N Commercial Ave
Pasco, WA 99301

Mailing address for written correspondence:
Great Northwest Truck Driving School
PO Box 2565
Pasco, WA 99302

Telephone and Fax:
Telephone: (509) 554-3102
Fax: (509) 542-2235

GNWTransport-negative-color-H Address: 251 N Commercial Ave Pasco, WA 99301 Phone: TEL: (509) 542-2201 FAX: (509) 542-2202