Frequently Asked Questions about Truck Driver Training

How long should CDL training take?
By Mac Longacre , Veteran Truck Driver & Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

The length of time needed to become a CDL licensed truck driver varies from person to person and from school to school. You have a number of options depending on how much time you want to commit to you ... Read More

How much should CDL training cost?
By Gus Murray , Driver Recruiter & Special Contributor
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Again, how much you spend for your CDL training all depends on what type of training program you choose to attend. The length, extent, and location of your training can all affect how much your program’s tuition will cost. Most Read More

How can I pay for training?
By Gus Murray , Driver Recruiter & Special Contributor
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

There are a number of ways that you can pay for CDL training; it just depends on what type of school you choose to attend. If you attend a training program that is run by a public university or colleg ... Read More

Should the training school I attend have any special kind of certification?
By Gus Murray , Driver Recruiter & Special Contributor
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

As with every other type of school out there, there is a difference between the various types of truck driving schools. There are three basic categories that these schools fall into: licensed, certified, and accredite ... Read More

What will I learn at CDL training school?
By Tracy Trickle , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

No matter where you attend truck driver training, you will be required to learn the basics of driving a tractor trailer. You will spend time behind the wheel of the truck learning backing, turning, sh ... Read More

How do CDL instructors become qualified to teach CDL training?
By Howard Stihlman , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

There are a number of criteria that each instructor must meet before being employable by a licensed CDL training school. Every school instructor must have a valid class A CDL and have passed a Departm ... Read More

How many actual driving hours should I get during training?
By Howard Stihlman , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

As many as possible! You will be driving a truck every day of your career, so you will want to be as prepared and as comfortable as possible before ever going to work for a trucking company. The number of “actual” drive hours varies from school to ... Read More

What basic skills should I learn at CDL training school?
By Biff McGee , Guest Columnist
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

The most important skills that you will learn while attending CDL training occur both behind the wheel and inside the classroom. You will learn the basic handling skills for driving a truck, such as back ... Read More

What kinds of equipment do truck driver training schools use?
By Gus Murray , Driver Recruiter & Special Contributor
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

The most important equipment that you will find at a trucking school is, you guessed it, the trucks. In order to get the best education possible, you will want to find a school that trains students on late- ... Read More

Will there be tests and homework during training?
By Jack Humphrey , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Just like any other type of schooling, a good truck driving school will give you homework assignments and exams while you are there. The homework assignments will cover topics discussed by the instructor ... Read More

Will I receive a diploma or certificates when I finish training?
By Jack Humphrey , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

The type of document you receive after you complete training depends on the type of course you choose to take. A diploma for completing CDL training is normally only received from a higher education i ... Read More

Will I need more training after I finish school?
By Gus Murray , Driver Recruiter & Special Contributor
Article last updated on 9/18/2008

After you finish your CDL training course, you will more than likely go to work for a trucking company. Your company wants not only to make sure that you know how to drive a truck, but that you are al ... Read More

Am I guaranteed a job after CDL training?
By Tracy Trickle , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Be very wary of any school or company that “guarantees” a driving job to you after you complete CDL training. Even programs that are company-sponsored or that pre-hire you with a carrier cannot guarantee that you will be employed with them simply ... Read More

Do trucking companies offer a training tuition reimbursement plan?
By Biff McGee , Guest Columnist
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Most trucking companies will offer some sort of reimbursement program if you paid for your upfront tuition costs out of pocket. However, some carriers will only reimburse you if you attended a CDL trainin ... Read More

How much can I expect to make during my first year of truck driving?
By Gus Murray , Driver Recruiter & Special Contributor
Article last updated on 3/10/2009

Every trucking company is different, but the average salary for an entry level truck driver with most carriers runs between $33,000 and $37,000 in your first year. After one year of experience, you can expect your salary to increase to between $40,00 ... Read More

What kinds of driving jobs will be available to me after training?
By Jack Humphrey , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

After you graduate from CDL training and obtain your class A CDL, there are a number of possible career options available to you. You can work as a driver for a major trucking company, a retail corporati ... Read More

What types of trucks do trucking companies use?
By Howard Stihlman , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Class A CDL trucks are the traditional 18-wheeler semi tractor-trailers you see on the highways everyday. Even though there are thousands of trucking companies throughout the country, most carriers rely on one or two major tractor brands for their ... Read More

Do trucking companies have a rider program?
By Mac Longacre , Veteran Truck Driver & Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Trucking companies realize that their drivers have family and friends that they will miss while they’re out on the road. Most companies allow their drivers to have a rider come with them at certain times, and some carriers even allow pets in the t ... Read More

How long can I expect to be away from home?
By Tracy Trickle , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 9/18/2008

Just like your pay scale, your amount of home time will vary slightly from company to company. Some companies will only require a driver to be away for 5 days, while others will have drivers out for 3 weeks before heading back. However, the indust ... Read More

Will I be based from my hometown?
By Jack Humphrey , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Because there are thousands of trucking companies all over the country, you should never have to move in order to find a trucking job. However, every company has a geographic hiring area that they recruit drive ... Read More

Will I have to pay for fuel and maintenance on the truck I drive?
By Mac Longacre , Veteran Truck Driver & Staff Writer
Article last updated on 9/18/2008

If you are working as an over-the-road company driver, you will probably never have to pay for fuel or any maintenance associated with your truck. The trucking companies will provide much of the mainte ... Read More

Will I have to load and unload the truck?
By Gus Murray , Driver Recruiter & Special Contributor
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Years ago, most truck drivers had to help load or unload their trailers when they arrived at a stop. Today, however, trucking companies are finding that it is safer and more profitable to have ... Read More

What are the current DOT regulations on drive time?
By Howard Stihlman , Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Currently, the Department of Transportation regulates that truck drivers can log a maximum of 11 hours of driving after 10 consecutive off-duty hours. Of the 10 hours off-duty hou ... Read More

Do I need a HazMat endorsement?
By Mac Longacre , Veteran Truck Driver & Staff Writer
Article last updated on 9/18/2008

To become a CDL licensed over-the-road driver, you aren’t required to carry a HazMat, or Hazardous Materials Endorsement. HazMat training is required for CDL drivers who want to be permitted to transpo ... Read More

Why is truck driving a good career choice?
By Mac Longacre , Veteran Truck Driver & Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Trucking is one of the most stable, high-demand industries in the country. Nearly every product or service in America benefits from trucking, so there is always a constant demand for truck drivers in every area and every ... Read More


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