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 CDL training programs fall somewhere between $3,000 to $6,000. Some programs offered through colleges or universities offers tuition assistance or state grants, but others do not.

If you’re looking to get started with your CDL training without spending a fortune, I strongly suggest a company-sponsored training program. The way this works is a trucking company will cover the upfront cost of your tuition and, in return, will ask you to sign an agreement to work for that company for a period of time, normally between 6 months to 1 year. I think this is the best option for a couple of reasons: first, you don’t have to pay upfront for any of your tuition and your credit isn’t an issue; and second, you have a truck driving job already lined up before you even start school! Company-paid training gets you on the road, making money, without having to spend a lot to get there. I recommend a company-paid training program such as the one offered by Driver Solutions, an industry leader in CDL training.

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