5 USA Trucking Schools

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If you’re interested in starting a career quickly and you love to travel, then a job as a commercial truck driver could be right for you. Drivers operating a truck with a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 pounds or more need to get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), obtainable through one of many trucking schools found around the country.

Licensing is done on the state level with drivers of smaller trucks able to use their passenger vehicle license in most cases. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job prospects for truckers is very good especially for those who plan to become long-haul truckers. Conversely, local delivery drivers may find the number of opportunities available to them to be few and limited.[1]

The following is a sampler of five trucking schools offering training and a path to CDL licensure:

C.R. England — With schools in Cedar Hill, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Burns Harbor, Indiana; and Mira Loma, California; C.R. England is one of the larger trucking schools in the nation. Students must be at least 21, have satisfactory driving and employment records, and pass a company road test. Classroom and behind-the-wheel training lasts for three-to-four weeks leading to guaranteed employment with C.R. England.

C.R. England Truck Driving Schools
1230 So. Highway 67
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104
800-848-7811
crengland.com/truckdrivingschools/index.jsp

Professional Trucking School — This Los Angeles trucking school offers Commercial Class A or Class B licensure and includes training for trucks, buses and forklifts. Six privately taught courses are available with training leading to Department of Motor Vehicles testing.

Professional Trucking School
2863 E. Slauson Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255-3134
323-582-0274
professionaltruckingschool.com

US Truck Driving School — This Colorado trucking school offers 160 hours of Class A training at campuses located in the northern and southern part of the Rocky Mountain State. Separate Class B training for truckers and bus drivers (40 hours) and various refresher courses are available. The school offers lifetime placement assistance for grads.

US Truck Driving School
8150 W. 48th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
888-308-8170
ustruck.com

Smith & Solomon — Located in northern New Jersey near Elizabeth and Newark, Smith & Solomon has additional training centers in Delaware and Pennsylvania. The school’s standard 160-hour training lasts for four weeks with an optional fifth week (200 hours total) to receive a passenger endorsement. Snow plow training, refresher courses and defensive driving courses are also available.

Smith & Solomon Driver Training
1701 Lower Road
Linden, NJ 07036-6532
908-474-1589
smithsolomon.com

C-1 Truck Driver Training — This Arkansas truck driving school provides training to comply with The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, with classroom, range and street training offered leading to testing and licensure for those who pass. Training is for three weeks and can lead to placement with a handful of companies the school chooses to work with.

C-1 Truck Driver Training
7303 Highway 70
N. Little Rock, AR 72117-9456
501-955-0400
c1training.com

So why list trucking schools on a website touting college education? Well, with the economy being the way that it is and with jobs scarce for college students, a stint as a truck driver could be the right path for those who have completed college or for others who simply prefer not to go.

References

[1] BLS.gov: Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers

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