Tips to getting your CDL from a trucking school and what you need to know before you get started. Click here to see a list of trucking companies hiring recent truck school graduates.
STOP! Seriously; before you go any further in your interest to attend truck driving school and obtain you CDL license, you must first be sure you'll qualified for a job after you've graduated trucking school. We see hundreds of recent truck school graduates that can not get a driving job because they can not pass the federal requirements needed for over-the-road truck drivers. " Won't a truck school tell me this in advance? " - the answer is; " Only the accredited ones, or the ones that care about staying in business. "
At the end of the day it's a business, and most trucker schools treat it this way; "buyer beware" couldn't be any stronger when it comes to choosing the right truck school - many smaller truck schools and CDL training facilities assume you know what you're getting yourself into and don't bother asking; if they don't know they can be held liable. Within the last couple of years the government opened up to allowing a student loan and un-employment retraining to be applied to learning how to drive truck, and since then a number of CDL mills ( places that simply rotate classes in-and-out within 30-45 days with little to no training ) have been popping up everywhere. Here's what you need to know:
Search for a truck driving job and you'll see that hundreds of trucking companies have different requirements, endorsements and security types. ( see trucking companies by equipment types for a complete list ) Have a clear picture of they type of job you want, the region you what to drive in, and where you want your driving career to been in 5, 10 and 15 years - there's no better time to start then now.
If you qualify to become a truck driver then you may start to think about the money you're told you can make, and it's true you can make a nice 5 figure income ~ but it's also true it's going to take time, and the best drivers within a company rise to the top and take the better pay.
Job hoppers - a truck driver that's had more than 3 jobs in a year or 5 in 2 yars -are frowned on in the trucking industry, and when the economy gets type there are usually the first one's a company shorts miles on and let's go. So think about the trucking companies you hire with and attempt to think more long term about where you want the your driving career to go and less where you want to go today.
If you search driving jobs and select "provide training" you will find a few trucking companies that provide truck driver training, very few provide paid training anymore but some do provide reimbursment of your training if you sign an employment contract with them stating that you will stay a minimum of 6 months with the company, the terms vary from company to company so make sure you get it in writing and read the fine print. If you can not locate a company providing training in your area try a job search like "recent truck school graduate" and make a list of the companies, call these companies and see if they have a program for you in your area, many companies that hiring recent trucking school graduates usually have an agreement with the schools themselves and may be able to work something out.
Truck Driving Jobs and Trucking Schools Nationwide
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Search for available student/recent grad truck driving jobs
CdlTrainingSchool.org is your online resource for finding available CDL training facilities. It is our purpose to offer you all of the necessary tools to find the best trucking school. Every Trucking School.com offers hundreds of trucking schools available to be searched by state. As the economy begins to pick up, the need for Student / Recent Grad drivers is sure to increase. It is our intention to help you find the best trucking school for you, then for Every Truck Job.com to aid you to find truck driving jobs in the future.
Obtaining Your CDL License
The focus of EveryTruckJob.com is to help current CDL holders find the best available truck driving jobs. However, if you are not a current class A truck driver and are looking for the opportunity to drive a truck then visit our sister site, Every Trucking School.com.
Finding the right trucking school for you will be a challenge; issues range from pricing to location. It is also important to note that recruiters from some schools will tell you almost anything to get you through the door. Before you sign up for anything, make sure that you are hirable upon completion of driving school. Many drivers come to us only to find they lost money to a CDL mill (known for taking money and just churning out CDL holders), and are unable to find work; use these steps to make sure you are going to be a hirable driver:
To obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL), depending on the Class and type of truck you will be driving, the following will be needed:
The "written" exams consist of the knowledge portion of your CDL exams. There are seven different written exams. Which ones you will be required to take and pass depends upon the type of commercial vehicle that you will be driving. A description of these written exams follows:
General Knowledge Test - Must be taken and passed by ALL CDL applicants no matter what Class of CDL or Type of Endorsement(s) are needed. You WILL take this written test. You WILL have to pass this written test if you are to obtain a CDL.
Air Brakes Test - Must be taken and passed if any vehicle you drive has air brakes.
Combination Vehicles Test - Must be taken and passed if you drive combination vehicles requiring a Class "A" CDL.
Passenger Transport (P) Test - Must be taken and passed by all bus driver applicants. An additional written test may be required if transporting children to and from school.
Hazardous Materials (H) Test - Must be taken and passed if you transport hazardous materials requiring "placarding".
Tank Vehicles (N) Test - Must be taken and passed if you drive a "tank" with a capacity of more than 1000 gallons.
Doubles & Triples (T) Test - Must be taken and passed if you
pull double or triple trailers.
The "skills" exams consist of the practical portion of your CDL exams. They consist of three parts as follows: Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test - You will be tested to see if you know whether your vehicle is safe to drive. The examiner will score each item that you correctly inspect and explain.
Basic Vehicle Control Test - You will be tested on your basic skills in controlling the vehicle: including moving your vehicle forward, backward, and turning within a defined area. You will be scored on how well you stay within the boundaries and how many pull-ups you make.
On-Road Test - You will be tested on your skill to safely drive
your vehicle in several different situations.
The skills exams are taken in the same "type" vehicle that you will be licensed in.