A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required for all drivers seeking to operate a commercial truck in the United States of America. Some private trucking companies and schools offer CDL training programs to those looking to enter the trucking business. Unfortunately, not all programs are created equal, and you must be careful with your selection. Each training program will have its advantages and disadvantages. However, there are some key qualities you should look for when making an investment of your time and money.
There are many scams out there. So, before you invest any money or time in a CDL training program, you should first check their accreditation. It is important to make sure that your program of choice is both licensed and accredited in the state of operation and also at the federal level.
Sometimes students get tricked by a beautiful website and an effective sales representative. If the company or school is not willing to share or prove their accreditation, then you should go elsewhere or try to do some research yourself.
There are different types of licensing programs. Some will offer a Class C licensing training while others will advertise a class D license. The difference between the two license will determine the size of the vehicle you will be able to operate after successful completion.
Make sure to ask questions of the program director and if needed get it in writing. Spending time and money on a Class D license program when you want to be driving bigger commercial trucks can be very disappointing.
It should go without saying that your assigned instructor should be experienced not only in the written knowledge but must have actual years behind the wheels. Another consideration about the instructors in a program is the student to teacher ratio. If you can find a school with less student in each training session, this will be best. Training to become a commercial truck driver requires a lot of one on one learning, and if there are too many persons, you may not get the quality individual attention that you need.
The reputation of the training program is crucial to the quality of the program. You want to find a school that other students will recommend and professionals in the industry will stand behind. The longer the program has been in existence is a good indication that it enjoys a suitable reputation.You’ll also want to consider the program’s pass rate. If the students are not achieving high pass rates, this should be a sign that something is wrong. You want to attend a school with an excellent pass rate and one which students can attest to its reputation.
While price is vital to whether or not you will be able to be a part of a CDL training program; it should not trump any of the about four qualities. If you have a list of possible programs that meet the criteria, then it will be the price that will determine which one to choose. A CDL license comes with awesome responsibility, not just for the load that you carry, but also you have a responsibility to other road users. You want to make sure you get adequate training before you go out on the road.
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