Who We Are

A School Run by Trucking Industry Pros with a Passion for Producing the Best Drivers


During Michael McKinley’s nearly 15 years as owner of his own trucking and transport business his biggest challenge was hiring skilled truck drivers. His frustration eventually became his new passion. He closed down his transport business, called in the best drivers he knew and founded American Driver Training Academy. Michael and his mother Joan opened the Academy’s doors in 2002 with a simple goal: create safe truck drivers they could proudly say, “They trained at American Driver Training Academy!”


Putting Quality Truck Drivers to Work Every Day


American Driver Training Academy has grown into a thriving family-owned business that treats students like family throughout their training and career. To date Mike and wife Jaden have assembled an amazing team of 11 professionals whose first goal is your success. Each instructor with a CDL-A and 20 to 30 years driving experience. They are dedicated to the school’s success through the success of its students. Every day the Academy puts new truck drivers to work though long-standing partnerships with nearly 100 companies nationwide! Those recruiting companies have reviewed our course addendum and graduate’s safety records and know that an American Driver Training Academy graduate will make a quality addition to their trucking operation.


Our 160 Hour CDL-A Training Program Produces Superior Drivers


To uphold the skill and safety training principals the Academy was founded upon, we go above and beyond industry standards. We invest more so students get the skills they need to succeed in the real-world as commercial truck drivers. We understand that the quality of our drivers reflects directly on the reputation of our school.


American Driver Training Academy offers students:


  • • Truck Driver Training to Earn your CDL-A in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Maryland – Drive anywhere in the USA
  • • 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training - compared to 2 to 10 hours provided at other local schools
  • • Behind-the-wheel training every day - starting day one
  • • 4 to 1 student-to-truck ratio for road training
  • • 5 to 1 student-to-truck ratio for yard training
  • • 20 student maximum class size
  • • Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) certified classroom training methods
  • • Classroom visits by recruiters
  • • Take CDL-A test in one of the tractor-trailers you trained in accompanied by your personal instructor
  • • Lifetime job placement policy
  • • TWIC® AND HazMat included with full paid tutition

We’re a Government Approved Vendor for TWIC®, Hazardous Materials Assessment and Pre✓™


Homeland Security and the Transportation Safety Administration contracted with American Driver Training as the only on-site certification facility for the TWIC Card in Delaware. We also offer on-campus fingerprinting for the Security Threat Assessment required for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement and the Pre✓™ trusted traveler program.