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Truck Driving Schools In Pennsylvania

Here is a list of truck driving schools in Pennsylvania. 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. Duie Pyle Truck Driving Academy
650 Westtown Road
West Chester, PA 19381
610-350-3069
2. AAA School of Trucking
442 E. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
267-324-5957
3. AAA School of Trucking
6003 Jonestown Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17112
800-536-1619
4. All State Career
501 Seminole Street
Lester, PA 19029
610-521-1818
5. All State Career
1200 Levanon Rd., Suite 101
West Mifflin, PA 15122
412-823-1818
6. All State Career
50 W. Powhattan Ave
Essington, PA 19029
610-362-1124
7. Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
215-968-8000
8. Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
540 North Harrison Road
Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
814-359-2793
9. Clearfield County Career & Technology Center
1620 River Road
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-765-3453
10. DCS School of Driving, LLC
1060 Zinns Quarry Road
York, PA 17404
717-586-9648
11. HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College
1 Hacc Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-780-2400
12. Keystone Diesel
647 Evans City Road Building 101
Butler, PA 16001
888-405-0046
13. Lackawanna College
501 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509
877-346-3552
14. Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
1730 Hans Herr Drive
Willow Street, PA 17584
717-464-7050
15. Lehigh Carbon Community College
4525 Education Park Dr.
Schnecksville, PA 18078
610-799-2121
16. Luzerne County Community College
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634
800-377-LCCC
17. Moore CDL Truck Driving Academy
381 Wilson Mill Road
New Wilmington, PA 15122
412-346-2100
18. New Castle School of Trades
4117 Pulaski Road
New Castle, PA 16101
800-837-8299
19. Northampton Community College
1900 Corporate Center Drive East
Tobyhanna, PA 18466
570-839-2778
20. Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethleham, PA 18020
610-861-5300
21. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
5 Allegheny Country Airport
West Miffin, PA 15122
800-444-1440
22. Professional Drivers Academy
Housels Run Road - Milton Industrial Park
Milton, PA 17847
800-875-2511
23. Reading Area Community College
10 South Second Street
Reading, PA 19603
610-372-4721
24. Sage Truck Driving School at Berks Career & Technical Center
1057 County Road
Leesport, PA 19533
610-374-4073
25. Sage Truck Driving School at Chester County IU
1580 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
610-933-0423
26. Sage Truck Driving School at Lebanon County Career School
18 East Weidman Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
800-694-8804
27. Sage Truck Driving School at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute
4500 Education Park Drive
Schnecksville, PA 18078
877-440-7544
28. Schuylkill Technology Center
240 Airport Road
Pottsville, PA 17901
570-544-4904
29. Schuylkill Technology Center
17 Maple Avenue
Mar Lin, PA 17951
570-544-9131
30. Smith & Solomon Training Solutions
98 Grove St.
Dupont, PA 18641
570-602-8780
31. Smith & Solomon Training Solutions
103 East Main St.
Norristown, PA 19401
610-272-6050
32. Smith & Solomon Training Solutions
4219 Richmond St.
Philadelphia, PA 19137
215-288-2298
33. Somerset County Technology Center
281 Technology Drive
Somerset, PA 15501
814-443-9651
34. Total Equipment Training
1846 Eagle Farms Road
Chester Springs, PA 19425
610-321-2679
35. Trans American Technical Institute, Inc
109 Trans American Road
Jermyn, PA 18433
877-748-8284
36. Transport Tech
7799 McHenry Street
Meadville, PA 16335
800-786-7527
37. Transport Tech
3661 Route 28 North
Brookville, PA 15825
800-786-7527
38. Transport Tech
401 East Poland Ave.
Bessemer, PA 16112
800-786-7527
39. Truck Technology Training
115 3rd Street
Leetsdale, PA 15056
724-266-4131
40. York County School of Technology
2179 South Queen Street
York, PA 17402
717-741-0820
41. York County School of Technology
400 Mulberry St.
York, PA 17402
717-846-0137

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Choosing A Truck Driving School In Pennsylvania

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

Cost Of CDL Training In Pennsylvania

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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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania

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

Time Behind The Wheel

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

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

Quality Of The Instructors

Tractor trailer with flames at Pennsylvania 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

Pennsylvania 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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