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 accredited.

A licensed truck driving school means that the school has been reviewed by an agency in the state where the school is located and that its programs have met the state’s minimum requirements or standards for CDL training. A certified school has been inspected and reviewed by a third party, and that third party has determined that the school’s graduates have the skills and knowledge that meets the trucking industry’s standards. Currently, there is only one company that certifies trucking schools: the Professional Truck Driving Institute. Accredited truck driving schools are hard to find, as the accreditation process is very difficult and expensive. A school can only be accredited by an agency that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education and must meet a number of standards, including staff quality, financial strength, and quality of the courses being taught. Although they are hard to come by around the trucking industry, accredited schools are sure to have the highest standards for truck driver training.

All of these types of schools have advantages and disadvantages depending upon what you’re looking for in a trucking school. A school isn’t required to be certified or accredited, but it should be licensed. Before beginning a training school, you should always do a little research and find out exactly what standards your school has met to determine if it’s the best fit for you.

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