CDL Training Schools, Programs & Other Truck Driving Training Options:
A Straightforward Guide
for Truckers

There's a wide range of CDL training schools and other commercial driver training options, to choose from. In fact, it can be down-right confusing when looking for a driving school!

We'll keep the CDL and truck driver training options as simple and straight forward as we can.

If you're looking for a trucker education program, you've already made the most important decision of your trucking career!

The second vital choice you'll need to make, is choosing a program to suit your needs.

Take a look at the basic options available and read through the details for each of the programs available, to see which is right for you.

CDL Training Schools: U.S. and Canada: 3 Basic Options

Paid CDL Training

This option is sometimes called company sponsored CDL training, company paid CDL training, free truck driving school, or free CDL training.....all terms mean the same thing.

These programs essentially mean that the trucking company or carrier, will teach or train individuals how to drive a tractor trailer, with the end result of course, being a Class A license or CDL.

However, this option comes with a 'few catches', that anyone researching CDL training should be aware of.

Cost Rating: Not truly free. Often, no up-front costs, but can be expensive obligations. Check progam fees and costs carefully. Learn more about training and probationary period wages.

Independent/Private CDL Training School

Another option is a private school that specializes in commercial driver training. They are private companies that are not affiliated with any state, province, college or carrier.

Cost Rating: Expensive

Community College CDL Driving Schools

This driver instruction program is offered at community colleges, of which some colleges are 'accredited' and some are not.

Other Commercial Driver Training Options

CDL Online Programs

This is an independent study course. These home study programs provide all of the written information and study materials required. After the individual has completed the independent study, they would then make arrangements to be tested for their CDL.

Although this can be a less expensive option, some commercial truck insurance companies refuse coverage to someone who has obtained their CDL in this manner.

Cost Rating: Relatively inexpensive.

Independent Study

Everything can be done by the individual on their own, without being affiliated or enrolling in any course, program or driver training school. Simply get the CDL book/manual from the DMV, study the manual, and be tested for your commercial license.

This method is also a bit risky, as some trucking companies may refuse to hire truckers that have not completed a more 'official method' of training, such as at a community college or a truck driving school.

Goals of CDL Training Programs

An individual enrolled in a commercial truck training program will be granted either:

  • Class AZ License -- in Canada
  • CDL -- in the U.S.

Each of the CDL training schools, colleges and programs for driver training for commercial vehicles, has something different to offer the individual. They are NOT all created equal.

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