Truck Driving School or Company Training?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by giddieup, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. giddieup

    giddieup Bobtail Member

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    After 27 years of the auto business i am sick...siCK...SICK of it. Kids grown and the ex is now an ex so i am free as a bird. Going to do what i have always wanted to do and thats drive trucks OTR. Now, i have talked to truck driving school recruiters...Jeez, that was like talking to a #### car salesman. Simple question. Would a newbie be better off going to a local school first to obtain his cdl or would he be better off going with one of these companies that train you from scratch. Opionions of specific companies appreciated.
     
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  3. im6under

    im6under Heavy Load Member

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    go to a local community college if you can afford it and have the time.

    stay away from england and crst (trainies training).

    Transport America, Roehl, Schneider all have reasonable programs... but they own you and you pay more than you would have otherwise.

    each to his own...
     
  4. mstabosz

    mstabosz Bobtail Member

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    Well if you've got the money (about $4000) to spare, go for it independently.

    Myself, I don't have the money, so I am going with Driver Solutions. You get into a 1 year contract with a company and end up owing $6000 if you quit before the year is up, but if you can stick it out you don't pay anything.
     
  5. Lilbit

    Lilbit Road Train Member

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    A lot of the schools can finance your schooling. I would go that option, as you will be able to move on after 3 to 6 months if the company just isn't a good fit for you. Driving school recruiters, trucking company recruiters, and military recruiters must all go to the same school, as there aren't people out there that can give you the sunshine better!
     
  6. Iwanttobeatrucker

    Iwanttobeatrucker Light Load Member

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    Isnt that the truth. :biggrin_2554:
     
  7. mstabosz

    mstabosz Bobtail Member

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    I dunno. Financing to me sounds a lot like putting your whole education on a credit card. Just one more bill to pay down, you know?

    Way I see it, if you pay on your own, that's $4000-$4500 right off the bat that you definitely have to pay back. But if you go through a company sponsored program, it's $6000 that you don't have to pay back, unless you flake out and quit the company before your year of indentured servitude is up. And since you need a year experience to really open doors for you, I think a company sponsored training program makes more sense.
     
  8. Iwanttobeatrucker

    Iwanttobeatrucker Light Load Member

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    Then you should know how to talk to recruiters, one smoke blower to another, lol.
     
  9. NukedNative

    NukedNative Light Load Member

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    Considering the Roehl Driver Training, Any goods/bads?? Info appreciated.
     
  10. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    You are forgetting options. Always good to have a back up plan. You can if the ball is in your court. Many places offer tuition reimbursement and some (TMC) used to offer it even if they were not your 1st co out of school.
     
  11. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

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    that's a good point, by gum!

    Also, look into WIA and other grants down at the unemployment office. Grants are great (speaking from experience) - the downside being, of course, that the carrier won't reimburse you for the tuition...
     
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