Truck Driving School Information

There are a few things to consider before you join a truck driving school. Not all schools are created equal; costs and training method vary and it’s best to have experienced and qualified instructors to handle your class. So before you go and shell out your hard-earned money to pay for a course, make sure you do your research first.

Locate the school.
Begin looking for the nearest school available in your area. The logic is simple. If it’s near your home, you can drive to school everyday or ride a bus. It will save you hundreds of dollars in lodging expenses.

Look for a truck driving school that has a reputation for quality instruction. Ask around or go online and post a query on trucker message boards and forums. You can expect opinions, recommendations and reviews of schools and their curriculum so you can weigh your options.

Use a search engine to look for a truck driving school on the internet. Some helpful websites are, (which lists schools by state),, and, to name a few.

Once you have targeted a few schools, call them up and ask for more information. You should be able to get what you need over the phone. If they have a website, check it online and see what’s in store for you. They should have complete course list and application information on their website. Schools also allow you to submit an application online. You will have to take a qualification test, though so you still have to visit the school to get one.

Meet the requirements.
Truck driving schools require a student to be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license with no DUI records, no felonies or drugs and violent incidents and no moving violations within the past 3 years. A student must also be able to show he can pay for tuition (check, credit cards or check). Otherwise, he can apply for assistance.

Consider the cost.
Tuition varies from one school to another and so does the duration of the training. There are also other expenses like licensing fees and drug tests. You might also need to set aside a certain amount for lodging if the school is outside your state.

Before you take out your checkbook or your credit card, you might want to know that you have other choices. Some schools offer tuition assistance that can cover school fees, drug screening and licensing. They may also offer a special assistance loan to cover your living expenses. You have to be eligible for assistance, though so be sure to inquire if you qualify.

Another option is tuition reimbursement. Some schools offer to match you with a company who will reimburse your tuition as long as you work for them after you finish training. This makes your training virtually free. You will, however, need to sign a contract with that company. After about two months of working with them, they will begin to reimburse you or a lending company a portion of the amount until your tuition is paid off, in as early as 18 months. You will, however, remain working with that company for the duration of the reimbursement process.

Check the school itself.
Ask if there is a limit to the number of students in each class and what the teacher-student ratio is when it comes to on-the-road training. You enrolled for the class to be trained in driving a truck, not to watch someone else drive the truck. If the teacher-student ratio is high, instruction could prove to be less effective.

Inquire how old the equipment is. The school should be able to allow its student to train using a late model full size truck.

Learn about the qualifications and length of experience of the instructors.

Schools also offer job placement services to students currently enrolled in their program. There is no guarantee that you will be placed immediately, but it’s worth checking if the school has a high placement rate.

When you decide to enroll in a truck driving school, you will be spending hours in the classroom and on the road for practice. It is worth considering how much that length of time will affect your paycheck. If you feel it is worth it, then get yourself ready for school.