Truck Driver Schools By State

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Truck driver schools available for each state. Click on the state of your choice on the map to visit the trucking school page for that state.

Big Rig recommends you read the section below the map before clicking on any state. You may put or keep thousands of dollars in your pocket by doing your home work.



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It's time to really do your homework before you sign with any semi-truck driver training school.

Is a 4 week training course better than a 9 week course at a local community college? recommends researching the different trucking companies as part of your initial research to see if they offer paid training.

With the driver shortage, many companies are offering different incentives to attract drivers. Some companies offer tuition reimbursement for your tractor trailer training school cost if you stay with them for a set period of time.

Do be prepared to find many trucking companies, especially the bigger companies and companies that haul LTL freight where the drivers are home most nights, wanting a set amount of OTR experience before they will even hire you let alone pay for your big rig driver training. Many even want you to have a good credit score if your plans include being an owner operator.

That said, it still never hurts to first start researching companies before you commit to paying for tractor trailer training. There are some companies that don't perform credit checks.

You may find just what you are looking for by spending some time studying the trucking companies before just diving right in blind to the fact that you can possibly save some money.

Some people, while harder to make happen, can apply for their CDL license in some states then use someone's big rig to train and take their road test.

Is the Community College Truck Driving School For You?

Okay, your options lead you to a personal decision to take advantage of training at a community college truck driving school.

Before you sign the dotted line; consider this factor that can take money out of your pocket in the long run.

While training at a community college may be cheaper; you could find yourself in classes nine weeks or more instead of the private school training that gets you trained, helps get your CDL and in a truck in about 4 weeks or sooner.

The extra weeks spent in training extended out to fit the college's schedule are not putting money in your pocket.

All is saying is Do the Math.

You may be leaving thousands of dollars on the table by going the cheaper route. We do realize community colleges provide a much needed service for individuals who are presently working while slowly making the transition into a new trucking career.

If you are not working right now, you should really "Do the Math" before deciding which type of tractor trailer training is best for you. We know you wanted to be on the road yesterday.

It's time to qualify the school to make sure you'll get trained properly:

  • Look for a school that trys to have a 4 to 1 ratio of students to teachers. Even less students would be great because you get more driving time. 
  • Verify the maximum amount of students allowed in a class then make your decision. 
  • Verify they do actually help with job placement after training. They may be able to help you get into a company's tuition reimbursement program. 
  • Verify the age of their training equipment. Training in a older truck puts you at a disadvantage when you try to get a job driving a company's new big rig. 
  • Training cost vary at the different schools. Be leary of tractor trailer training schools that won't tell you the cost of their program over the telephone or if you fail to see it on their website. 
  • Never sign up or put money down before they verify you are qualified for financing. If they won't qualify you first in writing, you are at the wrong school. 


Big Rig hopes the provided information about truck driver schools helps you make an educated and well thought out decision.