Truck Driving Schools
and Student Responsibility
Truck Driving Schools are a big business. Their
purpose is to educate and train students so that
they may become licensed Professional CDL
Drivers. There are basically 3 types of Training
Schools you can receive your CDL training from.
In any case, the best training will come from a CDL school
that is certified by the Professional Truck Driving
Institute, also known as PTDI. It will be up to
you to confirm this certification. All it will
take is a phone call to contact PTDI at
703-647-7015. Remember, in order for a training
facility to be PDTI certified, the schools must
allow for 44 hours of driving time.
However, I should point out that just because a school is not PTDI certified, does not always mean that it is a bad school. Many good CDL schools are not PTDI certified because this can be a lengthy and costly process. Therefore, often a school is not PTDI certified simply because of the cost involved.
Regardless, when choosing a CDL school, it should be at minimum, one that is licensed by the state and is Accredited. Finding a school that also is PTDI certified will be another "feather" in the cap, so to speak.
Here are your 3 Types of Truck driver Training:
1. Training through a Trucking company or
motor carrier. This will most likely
require a contract with the trucking company
that you must sign stating you will only drive
for them, usually for at least 12 months.
2. Private Truck Driving Schools-
Assuming they are PTID certified, this is
somewhat acceptable, however they are usually
very expensive. A thorough investigation of this
type by the student should be made.
3. Public Truck Driving Schools- These
schools include your community colleges and your
Vo-Tech Schools. They usually provide extensive
training and take at least 3 months to acquire
your CDL. The cost is much less than the private
schools and the training is usually better.
Remember though, your quality of training
depends on the instructor you have. Some public
programs will be better than others, this is
just the nature of the beast....and life. Ask
questions to others who have received training
from the school. This shouldn’t be difficult as
it is most likely a local school near your home
The amount of scams concerning truck driving
schools is growing at a rapid pace. This is
because there is big money to be made teaching
those interested in getting their cdl. Most
people will need to be taught through a truck
driving school training program, therefore the
demand is there for these facilities.
Because of this, many greedy people have decided
to create so called “Truck driving schools”. A
portion of the Trucking Companies are among the
guilty where this topic is concerned. Also,
guilty of the truck driving schools scams are
some individual private companies.
The best advise I can give is to read ALL the
fine print when attempting to achieve your cdl
license from any truck driver training program.
Just because they offer you a CDL license
doesn’t mean you are guaranteed the training
that a professional truck driver requires in
order to run the road safely. Not only that, if
the training is not recognized by the trucking
company looking to hire you, you will be out thousands of dollars. Finally,
look at the fine print. Many trucking company
truck driving schools require a contract that
you will have to sign. This could mean driving
for many months at a minimal CPM, and much of
that will be taken out for the tuition you owe
them. If you quit before the contract is up,
there are consequences for that too, so don’t
even think about it.
The most important aspect of getting your CDL is
to make sure that upon completion of the truck
driving school training program, you are a
qualified and safe professional truck driver.
This above anything should be your top priority.
Do not allow your enthusiasm to carry you away
when it comes to making a choice for your cdl
training. Do your research! It is your
responsibility to make the best possible choice
for success in your truck driving career.
A CDL school should be licensed and accredited, at the very least, and should they be PTDI certified as well, only adds to the credibility.
Truth About Trucking” is designed to show
you which schools are the best value and most
importantly, the best truck driver training.
Many have benefitted already from this honest
and straight forward information. Before you
make the move to sign anything, it will be in
your best interest to read Allen Smith’s “Truth
About the author:
Aubrey Allen Smith is a veteran over the road driver nearing 4 million safe miles and a former owner of several successful trucking companies. He has become known as the most recognized advocate for CDL students and new drivers.
He is founder of Truth About Trucking, LLC and host of the #1 trucking blog: Ask The Trucker.
He is also host of the Blog Talk Radio show: Truth About Trucking "LIVE."