CDL without trucking school
I recently obtained my class A CDL after driving a flatbed locally with a friend. Over several weeks of local driving on my own time after work I took the class A test and failed. I studied up on the stuff I missed then took it again and passed.
I then called a local trucking company recruiter to ask about their company, benefits etc etc. His first question was "do you have OTR experience". Of course I had to say no that all my experience was local. He immediately ended the conversation and said he could only hire OTR with minimum of 2yrs experience.
My question to you is did I make a mistake by getting my CDL without the help of a school? Do all companies require formal CDL schooling?