Private Truck driving schools come in many flavors. The can be small, large, local mom and pops or nationwide chains. They can be accredited, certified or neither. Not all truck driving schools are created equal.
Question: Which type of truck driving school is the best to go to?
Answer: There is no best type to go to. It's a matter of choosing the right school for your situation?
Read on to learn about the differences to help you determine.
Attending could cost more than other types of truck driver training, but on average the programs may also be quickest route to a Class A license.
Training might be state regulated but that doesn't mean it's certified or accredited. We'll will cover those terms next but remember, there are some small time training outfits with a passion for providing great training that are neither certified or accredited.
This page is about the private truck driving schools. There are 2 other types of truck driver training which are discussed more on it's separate page. Those are.....
Standards in Trucking Schools
Some truck driving schools have gone through extra measures to have a third party verify their program. Naturally, attending these programs will cost more than those who have not. It is a good bet though, that you will get what you expect from the program.
Question: Is Accredited or Certified better than non Accredited or Certified?
Answer: Not necessarily. It does mean the they have been through a process that demonstrate they have met minimum requirements for the designation.
Question: Is a non Accredited or Certified training school bad.
Answer: Not necessarily. There are plenty of organizations that don't go through the hassle. They may turn out students just as equipped or better prepared than some of the accredited places.
Don't worry, I'll tell some of the things to look for below.
The program must meets skills, curriculum and knowledge standards and include 44 hours behind the wheel for each driver. Because of these standards in place it is like a guarantee of a certain level of exposure for the soon to be driver.
Obviously, the training might cost more but it could pay off in job offers and driver confidence.
These questions will help you compare trucking schools to one another.
Advantages of Private Truck Driving Schools (Pro's)
Disadvantages of Private Truck Driving Schools (Con's)
My Truck Driving School Experience at
Alliance Tractor Trailer Training
I attended one of the Alliance Tractor Trailer training centers
in Dunn, North Carolina. It was a pretty good school in my opinion. I
learned all I could in a class environment and most of the class passed
the training course on time. (We had additional time to retrain and
retest if you didn't pass the first time)Remember this was in 1996 or 1997.
Most of the equipment at the time was in great shape (most...lol some was just in good shape, lol) and the instructors were knowledgeable enough to teach and at the same time entertaining enough to keep your attention. (I think I fell asleep only once! Probably my fault.)
Remember, this is just my opinion on my
experience. All I know is I learned a lot, I passed, got licensed, and
they let me come in at the last minute so I really did appreciate that.
Oh yeah I remember them being real flexible at the time with
the financing of the truck driving training. (half cash and half
finance) I remember them being average to high cost and financing being high.
(3rd party financing)
In any case there are a so many ways to get a CDL now that there should be a training center of some type within a reasonable distance from you for a reasonable price. You will have to browse around to see what works best for you in your location and situation.
Type your town, city or state then truck driving schools or CDL Training to see if there is local CDL training near you.
Ex. Truck Driver Schools in New Jersey or Florida CDL Training, Charlotte Truck driving Schools. you get the idea....
Drivers where did you get your CDLs and how do you rate the training program you attending on a scale of 1 to 10.
10 being the highest.
Based on what you learned, the equipment, the instructors ability to keep your attention in class and the quality of the information he or she delivered. How well did they prepare you for going over the road as a trucker.
Also if you don't mind how much did the training cost.
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How I feel about Celadon Gadsen Alabama
There is so much wrong in gadsden al. From the 4day orientation that turns into 4 hours..An the fact that everything your told before you get there has …
My Opinion of Allstate Truck Driving, Seymour, Ct.
I highly suggest you don't go to this school. They were really nice until I signed the contract. They also went up around $1,000 more than they originally …
Diesel Driving school Sun Prairie WI
They did very well preparing for the CDL test. Some basic knowledge about DOT stops and weights,log book,loading,time management,trip planning, etc.Still …
truck driving school midwest coast sioux falls sd
excellent school. no b.s. small class sizes (2-3 to a truck) maybe 12 students max. Guaranteed job with an O/O. Whole thing license, medical etc. …
N.I.T. Palmer, Alaska
Instructors can be lazy. Often observing you or even testing you (without your knowledge) from the break room window while sipping coffee. Mixed …
Mega Truck Driving School, Chicago, Illinois
School was excellent, had flexible hours that fit my schedule, and has job placement assistance. They cannot guarantee you a job but they can help in the …
this service was very professional and helped me get into a school that best suited my personal and family needs. I recommend this service!
Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City Iowa
The instructors are very knowledgeable and personable. It's a five weeks long class. 8am-5pm Mon.-Sat. You spend one hour of class time, and seven hours …
Carolina Trucking Academy Raleigh NC
Over all the school is awesome! The instructors are very knowledgeable and personable. The owner is loud and exuberant, but only looking out for your best …
IITR Trucking School
I want to warn everyone that this post is going to be a long one, I will try to be as fair and objective as possible, but I refuse to sugar coat anything …
SAGE Truck Driving School Was Excellent!
SAGE has schools across the country. I went to one in Pennsylvania. The one-student-per-truck policy was outstanding. You really get a lot of driving …
Two recomended truck driving schools out west
Hey everyone, this is Jimmy and I will recommend two schools. One is Advance School of Driving in Fontana, Ca. I was an instructor there in 2004. They …
Pennsylvania Institute of Aeronatics (P.I.A.)
The school that I went to was in Dunbar, West Virginia. The main school is in Pennsylvania. This school was around 5,000 or so, but I think it was worth …
Truck Driver Training Cost
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Transunion truck driving school, Tacoma washington
I thought the school was great. we spent the first two weeks in the classroom and then 3 on the road / range. we had quality instructors who took their …
Keystone Diesel Institute
Overall it was a really good school,they hit really hard on what it takes to pass the cdl,ie. the backing and road part of the test. The best thing …
Safe Drivers Institute of America
Safe Drivers Institute in Indianapolis Indiana uses the P.T.D.I. curriculum and also they use a one to one (driver to instructor) ratio while you are driving. …
American Truck Driving Academy, Opelika, Al
I would rate it a 9 out of 10. I went to American in Opelika, Al and was pleased with the whole school from the admissions staff to the instructors. …
Affordable CDL Training School Colchester Connecticut
I thought they had a great program at a great price they worked with me a lot one on one. There class was limited to 5 students and they have 3 instructors. …
skyway trucking school
Very bad place to get a CDL. Trucks break down and own hates to fix them. We had a truck down for 3 weeks with only one truck for roads. Poor trainer are …
I used Driver Solutions company-paid truck driving school to get my job with USA Truck. It was a good experience for me. Driver Solutions recommended …
Alliance wytheville, Va.
It was a good school. I learned alot and the instructors are very helpful.
John D Rockefeller IV Career Center, New Cumberland WV Not rated yet
I thought it was good. Comfortable around big equipment. I still wanted help to feel good with making sure everything was secure while driving down the …
Affordable CDL located in Colchester, Ct. Not rated yet
They lied about what trucks they have and they lied about the program I signed up for. They don't have a syllabus and the contract is bad joke. You …
california career schools, Anahiem, Ca Not rated yet
good school,get you job a good job,good training,graduated may,1998,still rolling june 1998.o.smith
Roadmaster SLC Not rated yet
Pros: Good instructors and training. Cons: High price, not enough hours in driver's seat.
swift millington tn academy Not rated yet
The range(backing skills only) and classroom lasted for 2 weeks. it was fun and a great learning experience. i had to leave to come back home to schedule …
allstate commecial-shelton ct Not rated yet
Not worth it.decent instructors.terrible trucks.was told to cut a corner on drop and hook.test day.failed.they don't stick with you if you fail.I couldn't …
Southern State Community College - Hillsboro, OH Not rated yet
This is a great program. They have 7 locations in SW Ohio. They offer training for all endorsements and stay with you until you get your CDL. They …
Elite Truck School in Oregon Not rated yet
Good school, crummy trucks though. A lot of foul language used by students and instructors.
Glendale Community College Not rated yet
Glendale Community College, was great. I bet is one of the best in the entire state. All the trainers have over 1 million miles or over, and over 10 years …
Idaho Provisioners/Cargo Express trucking school review Not rated yet
This was a good school for me. Very experienced instructors. I had 3 weeks of instruction, followed by three weeks OTR with a trainer-driver. During …
SAGE CDL Training School -- Indianapolis, Indiana Not rated yet
SAGE Truck Driving School in Indianapolis was outstanding. Before I went to SAGE I had gone to a quick "free" school called C1, but there were …
Charlotte Truck Driving School...Chalotte N.C. Not rated yet
I attended Charlotte Truck Driving School in 2009 an was very pleased with there program. The instructors were very professional and explained things so …
arkansas northeastern college paragould Not rated yet
the school was great the price was under a 1000 the teacher was great its 4 weeks i already had my permit when i started there so on the second day there …