Should I Pay For School Or Let A Company Pay For It?

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Christopher L.'s Comment
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What y'all think any suggestions would be appreciated

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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On the top bar of this page, go to menu, then company sponsored school. Each company will have a bunch of info you can read about each company, what the offer and you can figure which suits you best.

Also, Brett has written several articles about how to choose which school is right for you, and how to choose a company sponsored school, That will be under the heading 'Becoming a Truck driver'

I highly suggest you read all the articles to learn as much as you can about trucking, the industry, and most importantly the lifestyle.

I'm just a newbie here, but I can tell you what all the moderators will tell you ... nobody can tell you what is best for you... only you can do that.

Also, none of the Moderators will give you an opinion on which company is 'better' than an another. in fact, they will tell you that they are all fairly similar, and regardless of which company you choose, stick it out for one year, keep your record safe and then you can go anywhere you want. Brett also has an article about 'picking the right company'. It's under one of those two headings I gave you.

Seriously, go to 'becoming a truck driver' and click on every heading and read every article, it should answer 90% of your questions.

Now, again, I'm a newbie but I will say welcome to the forum, and good luck on your path to trucking. The moderators here are super helpful and a wealth of knowledge



Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Sorry, the other heading is under 'Main' then 'Trucking blogs'. scroll down a bit, and there will be a bunch of links to articles on the right side bar. One is choosing the right company sponsored school, or maybe its what you need to know before choosing. Anyway open that up and read the article, then if you want, at the top of THAT page will be two more titles with arrows, one on the left and one on the right to read the articles that proceeded it, or followed it.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Christopher L.'s Comment
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Already read everything have been researching this for about a month found this site learned a lot I'm in Texas and on the schineder one there school is in Dallas or I could go to a locale school no problem driving 3 to 4 weeks at a time

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Schneider doesn't have a training program anymore and I just made changes to the site to reflect that a few minutes ago. Sorry about that.

Really for me the decision between Company-Sponsored Training and private Truck Driving Schools comes down to two major things:

1) Can you afford private schooling?

2) Would you prefer to work for one of the company-sponsored programs anyhow?

Private schooling is generally a little better experience because you're a paying customer. At company-sponsored schools they tend to run it more like a tryout where you're hoping to make the team. And a lot of people don't make it.

Private truck driving schools will give you the option of going to work at any company willing to hire students where company-sponsored programs obviously do not. But if you want to work for Swift or Central Refrigerated or one of the companies that have their own schools then why not go to their school, right? Makes sense.

In the end both paths can get you where you want to go. If you can afford private schooling and you'd rather work at a company that doesn't offer their own training, then go to a private school. If you can't afford private school or you want to work at one of the companies that sponsor training anyhow, then go to a company-sponsored program.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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