There are trucking companies that offer CDL training through their very own truck driving schools. These are known as company-sponsored training programs, and each of them is structured differently.
Are any of these free truck driving schools? Some of them, yes. Others will require you to pay back the tuition costs once your training is complete and you're on the road running solo.
Upon completion of your company-sponsored CDL training you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time. This is how they recoup the time and money they've invested into your CDL training, which in my opinion is a very fair deal for both sides.
Generally speaking, if you decide to quit working for the company before your obligation is complete, you will owe the company a prorated amount of money for the schooling. At some companies your training will be free once your obligation is complete, and others will require you to make payments out of your paycheck to cover the tuition for the schooling.
Let's get started learning about the companies that offer CDL training!
Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver. Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.
3769 E Evergreen Street
Springfield, MO. 65803
The Jim Palmer Trucking mission is as consistent today as it was when the company was originally founded, almost 50 years ago. Jim Palmer Trucking has become an established trucking company that continues to deliver safe and dependable transportation services to customers.
Jim Palmer Trucking
9730 Derby Dr.
Missoula, MT 59801
TMC Transportation began in Des Moines, IA in 1972 with only 6 trucks. Today, TMC Transportation is the largest and most successful privately held flatbed trucking company in the United States, operating throughout North America. In addition to accepting experienced truck drivers, TMC Transportation hires inexperienced drivers who recently graduated from an approved truck driving school. TMC is still led by its founder, and is employee-owned, through shares gifted to the employees.
6115 SW Leland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50321
800-247-2862, Ext 3
PAM Transport began operation in 1980 and specializes in hauling "just in time" freight for the automotive industry and also frequently hauls air conditioner units, cosmetics, and paper.
PAM Transport Headquarters:
297 West Henri de Tonti Blvd
Swift Transportation is one of North America's largest trucking companies. They offer truck driver training with very little money up front and in only 21 days you will have your CDL.
2200 S. 75th Avenue
Founded in 1985 and employing over 4,000 associates worldwide, Celadon Group Inc. (NYSE: CGI) is one of the largest and most progressive transportation and logistics companies in North America with revenue exceeding $600 million. Through its subsidiaries, Celadon provides long-haul and regional full-truckload freight service across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
9503 East 33rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46235
Prime is one of North America's most successful carriers with a variety of opportunities including refrigerated, flatbeds, and tankers.
2740 N. Mayfair
Roehl Transport was established in 1962 with a single truck and now operates over 1,900 tractors and 4,600 trailers including dry-van, reefer, flatbed, curtainside, and step-deck.
1916 E. 29th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449
Knight Transportation was established in 1988 and now operates over 3,600 tractors and 8,500 trailers including dry-van, reefer, and container trailers. The company operates 100% debt free.
Knight Transportation Headquarters:
5601 W Buckeye Rd
Founded in 1983, Carter Express has been delivering world-class customer service. Our objective is to supply transportation services to our customers in an efficient, economical, and timely manner- and to accomplish this while being a great place to work.
4020 West 73rd Street
Anderson, IN 46011
USA Truck is a dry freight trucking company headquartered in Van Buren, AR. They began in 1989 with just 10 tractors and have expanded to more than 2,500 trucks and 7,200 trailers.
USA Truck Headquarters:
3200 Industrial Park Road
Van Buren, AR
CRST is a predominantly team-operated dry van company out of Cedar Rapids, IA which boasts a 1,500 mile average length of haul with more than 1,100 company-owned tractors, 2,500 van trailers, 2,000 team drivers, 350 solo drivers, and more than 250 independent contractors.
3930 16th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406
YRC Freight was created when Yellow Transportation (Founded in 1924) bought and merged with Roadway Express (founded in 1930). Subsidiaries include Reimer, Holland, and New Penn. They are primarily a terminal-to-terminal LTL carrier with numerous safety and achievement awards. They own over 8,400 tractors, and run mostly doubles trailers, and also own over 12,000 48' and 53' vans.
3500 Booth Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64129
XPO no longer offers company-sponsored CDL training. The truckload division (formerly Con-Way), was sold off and is now (again) CFI.
XPO Logistics, Inc., incorporated on May 8, 2000, is a provider of transportation logistics services and a provider of engineered, technology-enabled contract logistics in North America. XPO recently acquired and assimilated Con-Way Freight, giving it actual ownership of an asset-based transportation segment.
XPO Logistics, Inc.
Five Greenwich Office Park
Greenwich, CT 06831
Ph: (855) 976-6951
C. R. England is the nation's largest refrigerated trucking company with a long history. They have five trucking schools across the US and offer 3 weeks from the time you begin until you'll have your CDL.
CR England Headquarters:
4701 West 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84120
Growing up in the transportation industry and learning the lessons of the trade from his steel-hauling father, Chairman and CEO Steve Williams went into business for himself and formed Maverick Transportation in 1980. Today, almost 2,000 employees back every load we haul. We operate approximately 1,500 units coast-to-coast.
13301 Valentine Road
North Little Rock, AR 72117
Millis Transfer began hauling freight after the end of prohibition and has since grown to more than 700 tractors, 2,200 trailers, and an additional 100 owner operators. They are a dry-van carrier with most of their freight originating and terminating in the Eastern half of the United States.
121 Gebhardt Rd
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Driver Solutions is a recruiting company that matches drivers with an entry-level truck driving jobs working for a trucking company that will cover the upfront tuition costs of truck driver training.
Driver Solutions Headquarters:
3603 E Raymond Street
Ph: (317) 791-2901
Stevens Driving Academy of Texas has been preparing men and women for life-long careers in trucking since 1992 in locations across the nation. They are fully accredited and licensed by the State of Texas.
9757 Military Pkwy
Central Refrigerated was bought and absorbed by Swift, and is now part of Swift's company-sponsored CDL training program.
Central Refrigerated is one of the largest temperature controlled truckload carriers in the nation with one of the fastest-paced training programs you'll find anywhere.
Central Refrigerated Headquarters:
5175 West 2100 South
West Valley City, UT
MCT has suspended their company-sponsored CDL program, for now.
Midwest Coast Transport (MCT) offers 100% tuition sponsorship at a privately run CDL school in the Sioux Falls, SD area. While you must pay for transportation and lodging, there will be no cost for tuition.
Midwest Coast Transport Headquarters:
1600 E. Benson Rd.
Sioux Falls, SD
Raider Express is a refrigerated truckload carrier specialized in hauling grocery and food products in the contiguous forty eight States. The main base of operations for Raider Express is located in Fort Worth, TX, with a drop yard in Houston, TX. Raider Express operates around 200 company owned tractors and 470 53' refrigerated trailers.
Note: Raider Express only hires drivers from Texas
2400 Cold Springs
Ft. Worth, TX 76106
FFE Transport has been in business for more than 60 years and is one of the industry leaders in temperature controlled LTL, Truckload, and Dedicated services nationwide.
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