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Old Dog's Comment
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I have a local company I can go to work for that will train me after I get my cdl... Is there any 3-4 week driving schools that will allow me to pay for my cdl training without a commitment to go to work for a certain company?

The local school I'm looking into is an 8 week course and the new class doesn't start until July 5th.

CDL:

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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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I'm sure there are "private schools" that will allow you to "self pay", without a commitment.

Most of the "short duration schools", are frighteningly EXPENSIVE ($4-5K), for what little they actually give you (which is the BARE MINIMUM required to pass a CDL Skills test).

The 8 week duration school you mention, is likely a Vocational School or Community College. Their courses are SIGNIFICANTLY LESS EXPENSIVE, are (by state education department requirements) a LOT LONGER in duration - and actually provide a lot more "wheel time", both on the roadways and in the yard, than the "quickie CDL mills".

I took a 9 week course at a County VoTech - 320 hours. I did over 1,000 road miles in the road portion of the course. The cost in 09 was $1,900 plus books - and the cost today is STILL THE SAME.

If you are in a hurry to get your CDL, you can pay big $$'s at a smaller private school to get it right away.

If you GOOGLE "CDL Schools in Texas", you'll see what's out there.

Rick

CDL:

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.
Old Dog's Comment
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Thanks Rick good advice. Larmar Univ. Beaumont, TX wants $3,000 for their 8 week course. I could only find two reviews of the school online and they were both bad.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Try this List of truck driving schools in TX. I hope that helps.

Unholychaos's Comment
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The community college I went to in IA was a 6 week course and cost around $3000 which was paid in full through a service called GAP. I don't remember what it stands for or any details about it exactly, but neither me or the company I signed on with had to pay a dime. You MIGHT be able to find a similar deal in your area.

Joshua J.'s Comment
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Be sure to check out any local programs offered by the state for helping with tuition, many places have a workforce training program that will help citizens get funding to learn skills that are valuable in the workplace.

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