Despite what you may think, not every CDL truck driving school is created equally. Unfortunately, for every legitimate, high-quality CDL truck driving school out there, there are many more that are scam operators. To help you decipher the good schools from the scam schools, we want to give you some tips on choosing the right truck driving school for you. Here are 7 things to look for when deciding what truck driving school is right for you.
- Do they have a website? Is the website actually useful to you? Are they transparent? Do they provide you enough information about their school? Does their website answer your questions? If not, they are most likely either a small-time operation or a scam. Look into their website and find these answers before you make any decision.
- How long have they been in business? How long a truck driving school has been in business tells a lot about the school itself. CDL schools pop up all the time and usually they’re only interested in taking your money. Check to see if they have a history of graduation rates for you to examine.
- What do they train for? Does the school train for all major carriers or are they a captive school? Some schools don’t advertise themselves as contract trainers, but when you see them, you should avoid them. These schools steer the vast majority of their students to one carrier. Also, beware of a school that doesn’t offer you job placement options and opportunities with a large number of carriers; it may be a captive school.
- What is the ratio of students to instructors? The number should never be more than four students to every instructor in the truck. Anything higher than a 4-to-1 ratio means you won’t get the hands-on driving time and one-on-one instruction you need to become a skilled and competent driver. If a school won’t discuss its student to teacher ratios, find a new one.
- Does the truck driving school provide job placement assistance? Many schools offer only training and then throw you to the world to find your own job.
- Are they a third party tester? Some states allow a truck driving school to employ their own CDL testers on-site. Other states restrict CDL testing to only state facilities. If third party testing is allowed in your state, see if the school offers third party testing on-site. Only the very best truck driving schools are allowed by state governments to maintain third party testing due to the large amount of documentation and regulation necessary. If a school isn’t a licensed third party tester, you may find delays waiting in line with the graduates of all the other schools to take the CDL exam at a state facility and you will end up waiting to start your new job.
- What is their track record? Does the school give you quick and easy access to its graduation and employment numbers and percentages? If it doesn’t, the only reason is either because they are a fly-by-night operation or their numbers aren’t as good as they should be.
Once you’re ready to start looking for schools, take these questions into careful consideration. Then, as soon as you’re ready, contact THC Global Inc. and start your career off on the right foot.