Trucking Jobs New Driver Jobs Flatbed Jobs Tanker Jobs Refrigerated Jobs Auto Hauler Jobs
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Bobtail Member
    Member Since
    Sep 2013
    Trucker?
    No
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Is it better to get cdl on my own or go through a cdl program through a company

    I have heard alot of bad things about the company programs and no good things


  2. The Following User Says Thank You to jerome2143 For This Useful Post:

    mje

  3. #2
    Banned or Retired
    Member Since
    Sep 2013
    Trucker?
    Student
    Posts
    13
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked: 10 Times
    Ill put it this way as of today im waiting on a drug screen and BC to come back and I am hired. I got my lic. on my own... Yes it takes lots of door nocking but I managed to get in with a local company 17hr w/ot benefits and home every night. All on the job training but do have exp backing and moving tankers around. Get it on your own and you are not dedicated to one company for a year or so

  4. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to vaportrail For This Useful Post:


  5. #3
    Light Load Member Made_In_Haiti's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Miramar,Florida
    Trucker?
    2 Years
    Age
    30
    Posts
    84
    Thanks
    42
    Thanked: 7 Times
    If u have the found to pay on ur own it's always good to do so like that U not gonna have to tight with one company for a years or so and if u have a clean record, and a clean driving record u will be able to whatever company u would like to work for

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to Made_In_Haiti For This Useful Post:

    mje

  7. #4
    Road Train Member Chinatown's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Trucker?
    30 Years
    Posts
    10,197
    Thanks
    8,656
    Thanked: 8,743 Times
    Depends; get it on your own through a private/community college school or just taking the tests? Depends on the individual's financial situation. If you can go to a private school, do it. Some people are in dire financial straits and worried about their next meal, so company training is best. A couple of companies like Prime will front food money. So, you may hear bad things about some company CDL schools, but they're a blessing to some new drivers. When a person is broke & has a family to support, they do what is necessary to enter the job market as quickly as possible. Evaluate your own personal situation and go from there.

  8. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Chinatown For This Useful Post:


  9. #5
    Road Train Member
    Member Since
    Aug 2008
    Trucker?
    12 Years
    Posts
    2,028
    Thanks
    583
    Thanked: 937 Times
    I paid nothing for my CDL. I did my year with Schneider and stayed a few more before moving on. Whatever you prefer, I'm just relaying my experience.

  10. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Dna Mach For This Useful Post:


  11. #6
    Light Load Member
    Member Since
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Fort LAuderdale, FL
    Trucker?
    1 Year
    Age
    30
    Posts
    281
    Thanks
    110
    Thanked: 98 Times
    Definitely on your own. Go through a public school/community college. It will cost you between $2000-3000 most likely and the courses are more thorough in general. I paid $2000 in South Florida, Sheridan Technical Institute. The program was 9 weeks, 320 hours, 1500 miles of OTR driving. I also drove a lot of different trucks and 9, 10 and 13 speed transmissions. This is compared to, for example, $6000 Roadmaster school, 3-4 weeks and 150 miles of driving.

    If you decide to go through a company - this is my observation: The company's training in most cases will not be free, unless you stay with that company for a certain period of time, most likely 2 years. In an industry where turnover is at about 100%, people are most likely not going to go through those two years and the moment you leave you owe that money for schooling back to the company.

    If you don't have the $2000, borrow it, put it on a credit card.. You will make that money back in two months and you won't be trapped to stay in a particular company if you don't like it.

  12. #7
    Bobtail Member
    Member Since
    Sep 2013
    Trucker?
    WannaBe
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Thanks a lot all for these helpful replies. Was already leaning toward private school, now you convinced me.

  13. #8
    Bobtail Member jlharder's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Trucker?
    0-1 Year
    Age
    25
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked: 11 Times
    I'm going to CRST for my training which starts Monday in Cedar Rapids. My plan going into this is to work my ##### off get the training done, drive for them for about 8 months to a year then go somewhere else. I am so ready for this the job market now is horrible and truck drivers are always in demand.

  14. #9
    Road Train Member
    Member Since
    Sep 2013
    Trucker?
    1 Year
    Posts
    1,055
    Thanks
    463
    Thanked: 352 Times
    Here is what I have gathered.. that the success of an individual is determined more by their own determination and drive then whether they went to the best private school or the worst company program..
    Some very successful drivers today got there start at the evil cdl mills.. and there are those too that went through a very good private school got their cdl and het didn't last a year on the road..

    I do think everyone should research and be honest with themselves on if they have what it takes.. then, if you can afford a private school go.for.it, if you can not afford a.private school.there are still options.. if you want it..

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to BrenYoda883 For This Useful Post:


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •