Truck Driver Schools By State
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
Big Rig Central.com 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.
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
BigRigCentral.com 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
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
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 BigRigCentral.com 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
- 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
- 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 Central.com hopes the provided information about truck
driver schools helps you make an educated and well thought out decision.