I have received multiple emails asking the question “What is the best truck driving school?” or “Where do you recommend I get truck driver training?” Should you pay out of pocket or sign a contract with a trucking company school for free truck driver training?
I don’t know anyone who can claim to be an expert on truck driving schools or the best method to pay for your truck driving school! The fact is most people have only gone to one trucking school and if for some reason they have gone to more than one I would stay clear of them!
The choice of a trucking company school or a private truck driving school is a personal one and depends on your unique situation. Location, money, time etc. The only comment I really have on paying for a truck driving school would be if you can pay on your own go ahead.
If you are paying out of pocket make sure that the school has job placement with a decent trucking company! Some trucking companies will reimburse you all or part of your tuition depending on how long you drive a truck for them. You will have no commitment to any trucking company and can move on when you feel like it if you pay for your CDL training out of your own pocket. You can judge the quality of a truck driving school by the job placement they provide.
If several large trucking companies recruit from a particular truck driving school graduate pool, that particular trucking school probably trains students well or the big trucking companies would not want to use that truck driving school has a hiring pool. Company trucking schools will usually train you well because you will be working for them and driving their trucks! Make sense?
After you have been driving for a while you will realize that most of your learning is on the road and the truck driving school served no other purpose than just getting your CDL, learning the basics, and job placement.
I personally went through the Schneider training academy when I started driving and I can say it was a good school and that they probably over train their students. Schneider is known for having one of the best truck driving schools in the trucking industry but I have nothing to compare the experience with. I only went through truck driving school one time myself.