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Truck Driving Schools In California

Here is a list of truck driving schools in California. There are a lot of options for getting your CDL training, so we highly suggest you read through our Guide To Becoming A Truck Driver which will cover various options, including company-sponsored training. It will also help you understand the pre-hire process which is a system that helps reduce the risk of paying for truck driving school only to find out you won't qualify for a truck driving job afterward.

1. A-1 Truck Driving School
27910 Industrial Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94545
2. A-1 Truck Driving School
4901-A Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94601
3. Academy of Truck Driving
2585 Buna St
Oakland, CA 94607
4. Academy of Truck Driving
315 W. Fyffe St. Ste B
Stockton, CA 95203
5. Ace Truck Driving School
777 Railroad Ave
Pittsburg, CA 94565
6. Action Driving School
3033 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
7. Advance School of Driving
13946 Jurupa Avenue
Fontana, CA 92337
8. Advance School of Driving
4805 5th St.
Fall Brook, CA 92028
9. Advance School of Driving
4805 5th St.
Fall Brook, CA 92028
10. Advanced Career Institute
1728 N Kelsey Street
Visalia, CA 93291
11. Advanced Career Institute
2953 S. East Avenue
Fresno, CA 93725
12. Advanced Career Institute
1018 W. Tea Pot Dome, #E
Porterville, CA 93257
13. AIT Truck Driver Training
14235 Slover Ave
Fontana, CA 92337
14. AIT Truck Driver Training
18010 S. Figueroa St.
Gardena, CA 90248
15. Akal Truck & Bus Driving School
4522 Weedpatch Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93307
16. All Star Truck & Bus Driving School
27910 Industrial Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94545
17. All Star Truck & Bus Driving School
4901-A Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94601
18. Alliance School of Trucking, INC.
9410 Jordan Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311
19. Allwin Trucking School
169 N. Maple St., Unit C
Corona, CA 91786
20. America Truck Driving School
2210 N. Main St, Ste B
Santa Ana, CA 92706
21. America Truck Driving School
107 N. Joy
Corona, CA 92879
22. America Truck Driving School
240 W Mission Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
23. America Truck Driving School
15903 Lakewood Blvd, Suite 204
Bellflower, CA 90706
24. America's Truck Driving School
2545 South Union Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93307
25. American King Express Truck Driving School
6911 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405
26. American Truck School
5333 Valley View Rd
El Sobrante, CA 94803
27. Americas Trucking School
1304 Mildred Street
Ontario, CA 91761
28. Area Truck Driving School
1061 Martin Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
29. Aztlan Trucking School
5742 Duarte St
Vernon, CA 90058
30. Bay Area Truck Driving School
37555 Dusterberry Way
Fremont, CA 94536
31. Bulldog Truck Driving School
3706 McCall Ave Ste. 109
Selma, CA 93662
32. Calcutta Trucking School
11490 Burbank Blvd. Suite 1H
N. Hollywood, CA 91601
33. California Career School
1100 Technology Cr.
Anaheim, CA 92805
34. California Truck Driving Academy
921 N. Poinsettia Street, Unit A
Santa Ana, CA 92701
35. Camino Real Career School
13674 East Valley Boulevard
La Puente, CA 91746
36. Central Storage Driving School
8520 E. Panama Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93307
37. Central Truck Driving School
42400 Boyce Rd # D
Fremont, CA 94538
38. Central Valley CDL Services
4554 Qantas Lane #4
Stockton, CA 95206
39. Coastal Trucking Institute, LLC
11 W. Lauel Dr Ste. 251
Salinas, CA 93906
40. Commercial Drivers Learning Center
1787 Tribute Rd Suite L
Sacramento, CA 95815
41. Dasmesh Truck Driving School
2572 South Union Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
42. Dasmesh Truck Driving School
240 Dos Reis Road
Lathrop, CA 95330
43. Dasmesh Truck Driving School
552 North Palora Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991
44. Diamond Truck School
303 Taft Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93307
45. Dolphin Trucking School
1453 N. Hollenbeck Ave.
Covina, CA 91722
46. Dootson School of Trucking
11625 Clark Street
Arcadia, CA 91006
47. Dynasty Truck & Bus Driving School
1810 S. Reservoir Street
Pomona, CA 91766
48. Edison Truck Driving School
2024 Durfee Ave
South El Monte, CA 91733
49. El Monte Truck Driving
15545 Arrow Hwy
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
50. Esparza Enterprises
500 Workman Street
Bakersfield, CA 93307
51. Exclusive Trucking School
6805 Louise Ave Suite 101
Lake Balboa, CA 91406
52. Falcon Truck School
100 Corporate Place, Suite B
Vallejo, CA 94590
53. Five Rivers Truck School
2224 South Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93725
54. Freedom Truck Driving School
3131 Roeding Rd
Ceres, CA 95307
55. Freedom Truck Driving School
808 North Center Street
Stockton, CA 95202
56. Global Truck Driving School
3150 Kenneth Street
Santa Clara, CA 95054
57. Golden State Truck School
3058 Beachwood Drive
Merced, CA 95348
58. Green Valley Truck School
400 12th St #16
Modesto, CA 95354
59. GSF Driving And Truck Training School
123 East 32nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
60. JGC Truck Driving Training
2360 Corby Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
61. JGC Truck Driving Training
325 Yolanda Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
62. Major Express
3342 North Weber Avenue
Fresno, CA 93722
63. Mid California Truck Driving School
555 Mariposa Road
Modesto, CA 95354
64. Mission Hill Truck School
521 Bystrum Rd
Modesto, CA 95351
65. Momax Truck Driving School
302 W 19th St. # C
National City, CA 91950
66. MTS Training Academy
140 Yolano Avenue
Vallejo, CA 94589
67. MTS Training Academy
1660 W. Beach Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076
68. National Truck Driving School
2950 Merced Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
69. National Truck Driving School
4585 Pell Drive
Sacramento, CA 95838
70. NorCal Truck Driving School
20010 Viking Way, Building A
Redding, CA 96003
71. Pilot Trucking School
14387 Slover Ave.
Fontana, CA 92337
72. Precision Truck School, INC
7700 Edgewater Drive #708
Oakland, CA 94621
73. Premier Truck Driving Schools
10405 San Sevaine Way, Suite J
Mira Loma, CA 91752
74. Professional Trucking School
2863 E Slauson Avenue
Huntington Park, CA 90255
75. Roadmaster Drivers School
10251 Calabash Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335
76. Royal Truck Driving School
3726 South Highway 99
Stockton, CA 95215
77. Safeway Truck & Bus School
1500 E Brundage Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93307
78. San Jose Trucking School
880 S. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
79. San Jose Trucking School
4800 Elm Street
Modesto, CA 95368
80. San Jose Trucking School
6801 McComber St
Sacramento, CA 95828
81. San Jose Trucking School
2055 E. North Avenue
Fresno, CA 93725
82. San Jose Trucking School
7050 Goldenstate
Bakersfield, CA 93308
83. Skyway Trucking School
17216 Lilac Street, Suite 2
Hesperia, CA 92345
84. TDA Educational Systems
3100 Fite Street Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95827
85. TDA Educational Systems
1250 Market Street #A
Yuba City, CA 95991
86. TDA Educational Systems
5331 Pirrone Rd Ste A
Salida, CA 95368
87. TGA Truck Driving School
2845 Durfree Ave
El Monte, CA 91732
88. Toro School of Truck Driving
321 W. 135th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90061
89. Toro School of Truck Driving
2209 E. Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831
90. Toro School of Truck Driving
9631 Alondra Blvd
Bellflower, CA 90706
91. Truck Driver Institute
1150 Main Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
92. Twin Cities Truck School
723 Sutter Street
Yuba City, CA 95991
93. Union Truck Driving School
2201 South Union Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
94. United Truck Driving School
4525 E. Commerce Ave
Fresno, CA 93725
95. United Truck Driving School
1665 E 4th St # 106
Santa Ana, CA 92701
96. United Truck Driving School
1737 Atlanta Ave. H-7
Riverside, CA 92507
97. United Truck Driving School
2425 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
98. Universal Trucking School
1600 S. Hill St. # A
Los Angeles, CA 90015
99. Western Pacific Truck School
2316 Nickerson Drive
Modeso, CA 95358
100. Western Pacific Truck School
8720 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA 95828
101. Western Pacific Truck School
1002 N. Broadway
Stockton, CA 95205
102. Western Truck School
4519 West Capital Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691
103. Western Truck School
11902 Camp Road
Spring Valley, CA 91978
104. Western Truck School
5800 State Rd 7
Bakersfield, CA 93308
105. Western Truck School
400 - 3rd Street
Turlock, CA 95380

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Choosing A Truck Driving School In California

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school in California. It's critically important that you take the time to understand exactly what each school is offering and what sets them apart from the rest.

  • Cost of CDL Training In California
  • School Locations in California
  • Time Behind The Wheel
  • Instructor-To-Student Ratio
  • Job Placement in California
  • Quality Of The Instructors

Cost Of CDL Training In California

California CDL training tractor trailer

Although pricing schould be a consideration when choosing a truck driving school, it should not be the primary consideration. Nobody wants to throw money out the window, but not all schools are created equally. Truck driving schools in close proximity are usually comparable in price with less than a $500 difference between them. If one school is vastly different in pricing, about a $1000 difference, you should find out why.

Maybe they're a brand new school and they're trying to attract students with discount pricing. Maybe they're a well established, reputable school with great equipment and top-notch instructors so you'll get what you pay for. When comparing pricing between various truck driving schools in California, make sure you understand why their pricing is set where it is. Ask the school to explain any differences between themselves and their competitors.

Truck Driving School Locations In California

Truck driving schools in California uses tractor trailers like this one

It's ironic that so many people considering becoming a truck driver will choose one truck driving school over another because there's a 20 mile difference in the commute. Duh! You're going to be driving all over the country all day everyday but you don't want to drive an extra 20 miles in order to find better CDL training? Good grief. Please don't make this a major consideration when choosing a school.

Also, if you decide to attend a truck driving school outside of California, please check to make sure your CDL will easily transfer back to California. Every state has its own standards. Some states will allow you to transfer your CDL license by simply filling out some paperwork, but others will make you take the written CDL exams again and some will even make you retake the written tests and the road test! So look into it before deciding to get your CDL outside of California.

Time Behind The Wheel

California CDL school tractor trailer

Drive time is one of the most important factors when considering a school. Driving time is the time behind the wheel actually driving and does not include pre-trip inspections, observation time, or simulator time. It is behind-the-wheel, in-charge of the truck, pushing in the clutch and turning the steering wheel – that’s drive time. Because driving time is so expensive for a truck driving school to offer, this will have a major impact on the price of the schooling, but will also have a major impact on the quality of your CDL training. So look at this closely.

Instructor-To-Student Ratio

CDL schools in California use 10 speed transmissions

Some schools will have several yards (practice lots) going on at once and the instructors walk from yard to yard to check on the students. This sounds good – you’re getting time behind the wheel. But if the instructor is monitoring too many students at once you may be making the same mistakes over and over again without any council on how to correct yourself. In essence, you are making your mistakes into habits, and that’s not good.

When a student is behind the wheel the instructor should be monitoring the student and making suggestions. Instructors should be there to correct students when they make mistakes. There is a lot to be said about teaching yourself, but you are paying for an instructor, so that instructor should be there while you’re trying to learn.

Job Placement In California

Truck driving schools in California use big rigs for practicing

Frequently students are surprised to find out that truck driving schools have job placement assistance. Many assume only schools owned and operated by trucking companies have placement, but that isn’t the case. Placement is a very important part of a truck driving school’s program. The main reason students attend school in the first place is to find a new job, and if a school can not or will not place students with trucking companies that hire inexperienced drivers in California then something isn’t right.

Quality Of The Instructors

Tractor trailer with flames at California CDL training facility

The last point is the most difficult to judge – the quality of the instructors. A good truck driving school will have instructors that are experienced, knowledgeable, caring, and capable of teaching.

Experience is critical when it comes to understanding life on the road and knowing the finer points of handling a rig. Obviously, the more experience the better. But personality also plays an important role in the quality of a CDL trainer. They should enjoy teaching and watching students become successful truck drivers. They shouldn't just be showing up for work to grab a paycheck. Speak with a couple of the instructors while you're there for a visit, and speak with some of the current students. Find out if the instructors really enjoy their jobs and care about teaching. They should be patient and helpful with their students.

Instructors should also be knowledgeable about the industry; keeping up with the trends, changes, and new regulations. A school should require their instructors to stay current with the industry and to share their knowledge with the students.

Truck Driver's Career Guide

California truck driving schools use tractor trailers for becoming a truck driver

Becoming a truck driver is far more complex than anyone ever imagines. Getting your truck driving career underway doesn't seem like rocket science, and it certainly isn't. But there are a variety of choices to be made about the type of truck driving school you would like to attend, the type of truck driving jobs that are available, and what life on the road is really all about.

Have a look at our Truck Driver's Career Guide. It is packed full of fantastic information that will help you understand the trucking industry and get your career off to a great start!

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