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 because your employment depends on a number of things. Factors like passing the state CDL licensing test, passing a Department of Transportation physical and drug screen, and successfully completing the CDL training program are all conditions that must be met before you can start driving for any trucking company, and the company doesn’t know if you will pass these tests until you actually take them.

Instead of looking for a school who “guarantees” a job after graduation, find a truck driving school that has a high placement rate and will use its leverage in the industry to help you find the right trucking company for you. Schools that have a close working relationship with both its students and trucking carriers will be able to help you in your job search and will give you the best chance to find a driving job with a company that you respect.

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