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Truck Driving Schools In Ohio

Here is a list of truck driving schools in Ohio. 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. 5 Star Truck Driving School
6398 Trenton Franklin Road
Middletown, OH 45042
513-422-3340
2. Allied Training Systems
2471 US Route 52
Aberdeen, OH 45101
877-245-5320
3. American Professional Truck Driving School
8334 State Route 36
Gnadenhutten, OH 44629
740-254-9313
4. Apollo Truck Driving Academy
3325 Shawnee Road
Lima, OH 45806
419-998-2969
5. Apollo Truck Driving Academy
3200 Harding Highway
Lima, OH 45804
419-224-7649
6. Big Rig Truck Driving School
2230 Shepler Church Ave. S.W.
Canton, OH 44706
330-456-4571
7. Big Rig Truck Driving School
8800 Clinton Road
Brooklyn, OH 44144
330-456-4571
8. Career Driving & Learning Center
1350 Kelly Avenue
Akron, OH 44306
330-785-9909
9. Clark State Community College
570 East Leffel Lane
Springfield, OH 45505
937-325-0691
10. Clark State Community College
3775 Pentagon Boulevard
Beavercreek, OH 45431
937-429-8819
11. Crist CDL Training Center
8816 Harding Hwy. East
Galion, OH 44833
419-845-3558
12. Cuyahoga Community College
23555 Euclid Avenue
Euclid, OH 44117
866-933-5165
13. Great Lakes Truck Driving School
27740 Royalton Rd.
Columbia Station, OH 44028
866-932-3436
14. Hamrick School
1156 Medina Rd.
Medina, OH 44256
800-362-0098
15. HR Career Development Truck Driver Training Academy
315 South Main Street
West Unity, OH 43570
800-448-7101
16. Millis Training Institute
1982 Jackson Road
Hamilton, OH 45011
800-937-0880
17. Napier Truck Driver Training, Inc.
3113 Dixie Highway
Hamilton, OH 45015
513-755-3413
18. Ohio Business College
1880 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229
800-TRUCKIN
19. Ohio Business College
6690 Germantown Road
Middletown, OH 45042
800-860-7364
20. Ohio Business College
1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Suite 170
Dayton, OH 45408
800-TRUCKIN
21. Ohio Technical College
1374 East 51st Street
Cleveland, OH 44103
216-881-1700
22. Owens Community College Truck Driver Training
30150 Tracy Road
Walbridge, OH 43465
567-661-2411
23. Rio Grande Community College
740-992-1880
Pomeroy, OH 45769
740-992-1880
24. Roadmaster Drivers School
4060 Perimeter Drive
Columbus, OH 43228
614-351-1748
25. Southern State Community College
895 Crouse Chapel Rd
Chillicothe, OH 45601
800-628-7722 ext 4560
26. Southern State Community College
3525 N State Route 48
Lebanon, OH 45036
800-628-7722 ext 4560
27. Southern State Community College
15676 Ohio 691
Nelsonville, OH 45764
800-628-7722 ext 4560
28. Southern State Community College
42377 County Highway 25
Pomeroy, OH 45769
800-628-7722 ext 4560
29. Southern State Community College
10100 Reading Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45241
800-628-7722 ext 4560
30. Southern State Community College
1 College Way
Cadiz, OH 43137
800-628-7722 ext 4560
31. Southern State Community College
4235 U.S. 23
Piketon, OH 45661
800-628-7722 ext 4560
32. Southern State Community College
5454 State Route 37
New Lexington, OH 43764
800-628-7722 ext 4560
33. Southern State Community College
3321 Airborne Rd.
Wilmington, OH 45177
800-628-7722 ext 4560
34. TDDS - Diesel Technician and Truck Driving School
1688 North Pricetown Road
Lake Milton, OH 44429
330-538-2216
35. Trainco Truck Driving School
26718 Oregon Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551
866-374-8353
36. Trainco Truck Driving School
3200 Bright Rd.
Findlay, OH 45840
419-837-5730
37. Trainco Truck Driving School
11001 St. Rt. 250N, Unit E-1
Milan, OH 44846
419-499-2222
38. Warren County Career Center
3525 N State Route 48
Lebanon, OH 45036
513-932-5677

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Choosing A Truck Driving School In Ohio

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

Cost Of CDL Training In Ohio

Ohio 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 Ohio, 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 Ohio

Truck driving schools in Ohio 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 Ohio, please check to make sure your CDL will easily transfer back to Ohio. 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 Ohio.

Time Behind The Wheel

Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Ohio

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

Quality Of The Instructors

Tractor trailer with flames at Ohio 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

Ohio 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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