So you’re ready to become a licensed truck driver! There are plenty of schools and training programs out there to help you on your way and give you the skills necessary to be a great driver. But how do you go about choosing?
We recommend asking yourself and the school a few questions. Knowing exactly what you want to get out of the training program will help you make an informed decision and get what you want.
To learn more about CDLs and training, check out CDL DMV Information. Meanwhile, here are some questions you can ask:
How long does it take to get a job afterward?
You don’t want to be stuck with a CDL under your belt, but no job. Ask about the school’s job placement program, how they operate, and what they can offer you. This will let you know what to expect when you are licensed and ready to have a job.
Is the school licensed and accredited?
Obviously, this is important. You want to be sure that the school has the right licensure. This will let you know that they are valid and that their training is up to standards.
Do they accept benefits for veterans?
To all returning veterans, thank you for your service! If you’re looking into training programs, chances are you want to know if the school accepts the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Some do, and these are the schools to aim for.
What’s the instructor-to-student ratio?
You’ll want to know what kind of training you’re going to be going through. One-on-one training is the most ideal. If you can, shoot for schools that offer this kind of driving instruction.
With one-on-one and smaller ratios, you’ll receive more attention from the instructor, and that will obviously benefit you when you are tested and will be driving alone.
Is there tuition reimbursement?
Some schools offer tuition reimbursement options, where you can have a large amount of your tuition paid for by your future employer. This is obviously a huge benefit! It’s a good idea to aim for training programs that offer this.
Do you feel comfortable with the school?
Most importantly, do you feel at home with the school? You may want to visit and get a feel for different schools to know if their training program feels like a good fit. Sometimes you can make a decision based only on intuition. Some places just feel right.
In the end, the school you choose should be one that you’ve asked the right questions about and one that you feel comfortable with. This will make you a successful graduate, and an outstanding driver!