Did you know you can get CDL training with no upfront costs, even if your credit is terrible or nonexistent?
Well, you can. You can get trained at a certified truck driving school, get your Class A and get a full-time job in about one month. What’s the catch? The only “catch,” if that’s what it can be called, is that after training you must work for the company that trained you for one year. That’s it.
This paid CDL training involves schooling at a trucking company facility for about four weeks. Training is geared toward one thing: passing the test so you get your Class A CDL. Once you have that, you are assigned to a trainer and the two of you go out on the road together for on-the-job training. During this time you’ll learn the ins and outs of driving the big rigs and how to do your job the company way.
This one-the-job training generally lasts between four and six weeks. When it’s over, you’re given your own truck and you hit the road solo as a full company employee. This is all done without you having to pay a cent for training costs. Why would companies do this?
They provide this kind of CDL training because they’re looking for certain types of drivers. They’re looking for over-the-road (OTR) drivers. Now, let’s be honest here. Most truck drivers don’t like OTR jobs because they entail being out on the road for a week or two at a time, sometimes even longer, before you get home time. Most drivers don’t like being away from family for these long stretches.
But the fact is that people who have a brand new CDL have a slim chance of landing a decent driving job. They need experience. Most companies are looking for at least one year of experience. So by going through the paid CDL training scenario you’re getting exactly the experience needed to move forward in your career when that initial year is over.
Now, notice how I said “most” drivers don’t like OTR jobs. That’s because some don’t mind them at all and others actually enjoy it. I went through this type of Class A training and I didn’t have a problem with it. It was even enjoyable at times, crisscrossing the country and seeing the natural sights.
And if you’re young and have no wife and kids or mortgage, OTR work allows you to bank some serious cash during the year because expenses on the road are minimal. Some who start out as students stay on with the original company for much longer than the first year. If you do this, most companies offer bonus cash incentives to stay on after your first year is up.
The way I looked at it was, “It’s only a year. Big deal. When it’s over I’ll have valuable experience that will benefit me big-time.” And that is indeed the case. One year of OTR experience is looked upon as rock-solid experience by trucking companies.
So don’t think you have no chance of getting CDL training because you’re broke and have bad credit. With paid CDL training that’s not an issue at all.