Truck Driving Schools
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Although each trucking school has their own specific requirements the following are standard. There may be other requirements not listed here. During your initial interview you will find out all the details for each CDL School you have selected.
The applicant must be eighteen (18) years of age,or twenty-one (21) years of age if desiring interstate employment.
All applicants must have a valid driver's license in their possession at the time of enrollment.
All applicants must pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination and drug screen before attending truck driver training.
All truck driving school applicants must be drug free and agree to drug testing.
All applicants must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make legible entries on reports and records.
Requirements for Truck Driving Schools
"I submitted my application online and was approved the very same day. Then only 4 days later I was at CDL school and ready to begin a brand new career as an iver the road truck driver. I can not say enough about the way I was treated throughout the whole process."
Little Rock Arkansas
How Can I Pay For Truck Driving School
I am sure you have already asked yourself "How am I going to pay for truck driving school." You actually have many options. There are even companies that are willing to pay for your truck driver training for free. When you are speaking with the trucking schools make sure you ask them about all of their payment options. I have listed a few of the options you may have below, but since all of the trucking schools have their own policies it would be best to discuss your options with them before you make your final selection.
Tuition Reimbursement- This is offered by many trucking companies. The company will offer to pay a portion or even the full amount as long as you agree to join their trucking company for a determined length of time. in most cases there is a 1 year commitment if you do not fulfill your end of the agreement you will be responsible for the remaining balance of the cost of the schooling.
Government Grants- These can be hard to find but depending on where you live you may be qualified to receive a grant from the government to cover all or part of the cost of trucking school.
Personal Loan- Usually if you do not require financing from the trucking school you will be able to get the tuition at a lower price. Check with each trucking school and ask about their cash price for tuition. You can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by paying for the school yourself.
Cash- Once again if you can cover the cost of the truck driving school tuition you can save yourself a substantial amount of money. One other benefit of paying for your tuition on your own is that you have more freedom to choose the company of your choice.
Free Job Placement For As Long As You Hold Your CDL License
After you have finished school if you haven't already selected a truck driving company you will want to do that right away. We offer free driver job placement for life. We have a huge network of trucking companies that are all seeking qualified candidates. If for any reason you reach a point in you career that you want to move on to bigger and better things we can help. We have a full recruiting staff on hand ready to help you find the right trucking job. You will find that there are many directions your CDL may lead you. We have listed a few types of trucking careers below.
Local Truck Driver- At some point in time all drivers have the urge to get off the road for a little breather. Some drivers spend months away from home each year and a local truck driving job can keep them doing what they love to do while also allowing them to spend more time with their family.
Over the Road Driver- This is where the biggest demand for drivers lies. When you are first starting out you will more than likely have to spend at least the first year of your new found career as an over the road driver. OTR drivers usually spend a minimum of 5 days out on the road before coming home for your time off (depending on each companies needs). The biggest benefits of being an OTR driver are the freedom you have of being on your own, meeting new friends, and seeing the country from a different view. Most importantly is a bigger paycheck each week because you will be making longer trips in some cases running coast to coast.
Regional Truck Driver- Being a regional truck drivers gives you the ability to stay within a certain area and run familiar roads.. Regional drivers also have the benefit of better hometime. Most regional Drivers are home at least a 2 days per week and in some cases you may even get home every couple of days depending on the company you are employed with.
Dedicated Truck Driver- This is one of the most sought after jobs in the trucking industry because it allows the driver to run either dedicated lanes or for a specific customer. As a dedicated truck driver you have more of a routine than you would as an OTR driver.
As you can see there are many career paths you can chose in the trucking industry. The main thing is to find out what you want to do and pursue it.