by Brett Aquila
There are trucking companies that offer CDL training through their very own truck driving schools. These are known as company-sponsored CDL training programs, and every one 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. Here's more info:
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.
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.
Prime is one of North America's most successful carriers with a variety of opportunities including refrigerated, flatbeds, and tankers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
C. R. England is the nation's largest refrigerated trucking company with a long history. They have four trucking schools across the US and offer 3 weeks from the time you begin until you'll have your CDL.
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.
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.
Schneider National is North America's largest private truckload carrier with ton of opportunities for new drivers, and operates throughout the US and Canada.
Driver Solutions is a recruiting company that matches drivers with an entry-level truck driving job working for a trucking company that will cover the upfront tuition costs of truck driver training.
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.
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.
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.
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