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Truck Driving Schools In Florida

Here is a list of truck driving schools in Florida. 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. AR Express
270 NW 107th Ave APT202
Miami, FL 33172
305-559-9398
2. Bradford - Union Area Career Technical Center
609 North Orange Street
Starke, FL 32091
904-966-6764
3. Career Tech, LLC
1755 Olive St.
Lakeland, FL 33815
813-781-5047
4. College of Central Florida
3001 SW College Rd
Ocala, FL 34474
352-873-5800
5. Commercial Driver Services
13510 Granville Ave
Clermont, FL 34711
6. Cypress Truck Driving School
1414 Lindrose Street
JAcksonville, FL 32206
904-224-5050
7. Florida Coast Career Tech
5640 New World Ave.
Jacksonvill, FL 32221
904-779-4200
8. Indian River State College
4900 Tedder Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
772-462-4255
9. Key Power CDL Driving and Traffic School
3790 NW 11th Street
Miami, FL 33126
305-649-5344
10. Key Power CDL Driving and Traffic School
250 E. Cowboy Way
Labelle, FL 33935
863-675-0755
11. Metropolitan Trucking & Technical Institute
398 NE 79th St
Miami, FL 33138
305-756-4235
12. Metropolitan Trucking & Technical Institute
655 N Military Trlail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
561-615-2230
13. Metropolitan Trucking & Technical Institute
199 Pike Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
561-753-7667
14. Mid Florida Tech
2900 West Oakridge Road
Orlando, FL 32809
407-354-4761
15. National Truck Drivers School
5660 County Road 209 S.
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
904-284-5785
16. NBI Truck Driver Training
4950 Recher Highway
Winter Haven, FL 33880
888-303-8754
17. Pinellas Technical Education Centers
901 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
727-893-2500
18. Ridge Career Center
7700 State Road 544
Winter Haven, FL 33881
863-419-3060
19. Roadmaster Drivers School
1409 Pickettville Road
Jackson, FL 32220
904-783-3333
20. Roadmaster Drivers School
6000 Cinderlane Parkway
Ontario, FL 32810
407-532-3619
21. Roadmaster Drivers School
5025 Orient Road
Tampa, FL 33610
813-626-2400
22. Sage Truck Driving School
3209 Virginia Ave, MS -C210
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
866-832-7243
23. Sheridan Technical Center
20251 Stirling Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33332
(754) 321-3900
24. South Florida Community College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825
863-453-6661
25. The CDL School
2001 10th Ave. North Office 7A
Lake Worth, FL 33461
561-434-4005
26. The CDL School
7900 NW 27TH Avenue, Space D-3
Miami, FL 33147
800-753-4972
27. Truck Driver Institute
5750 E. Milton Road
Milton, FL 32583
800-709-7364
28. Truck Driver Institute
3700 St. Johns Pkwy
Sanford, FL 32771
800-554-7364

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Choosing A Truck Driving School In Florida

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school in Florida. 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 Florida
  • School Locations in Florida
  • Time Behind The Wheel
  • Instructor-To-Student Ratio
  • Job Placement in Florida
  • Quality Of The Instructors

Cost Of CDL Training In Florida

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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 Florida, 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 Florida

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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 Florida, please check to make sure your CDL will easily transfer back to Florida. 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 Florida.

Time Behind The Wheel

Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida

Truck driving schools in Florida 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 Florida then something isn’t right.

Quality Of The Instructors

Tractor trailer with flames at Florida 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

Florida 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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