One of the options is to go to a private Trucking school. Some private schools have job placement assistance, and are a good choice for the cash strapped candidate since many trucking companies will cover the cost of training. Your goal of obtaining a license will be accomplished and, if you find a sponsor, your training is virtually free. If you do not find a sponsoring trucking company, you will be responsible for paying the tuition. This can all be worked out ahead of time.
Having a trucking company pay your training fee. In most cases you will have to sign an agreement to work for the sponsoring company for a period of time. The commitment could be as little as six months or as much as a year. If you do not stay with the company for the agreed to length of time, you will have to reimburse the agency that sponsored the costs associated with your training; or they might request that you not drive a tractor trailer for six months. In the industry today, many companies will not hire you if you have not driven for six months. Make sure you ask questions before signing any agreements and, of course, read the fine print.
Train to drive a truck at a Jr College. In a college environment, the time to necessary to complete the course will be longer, but I think their training is better. They are not trying to rush students through the program. The college normally has a job fair where they invite companies down to review your application. Because you have obtained your license independent of a sponsoring agency, you always have the option of looking elsewhere. So many companies are hiring, you should not have any problems finding a job.
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This is a great alternative if you want the most freedom in job choices. In the end, you will have obtained your license quickly and you will still have the independence and freedom to choose the company you want to work for.
Go directly to a trucking companies. There are trucking companies that train. Try attending job fairs, maybe at your local community college, and see what is being offered in your area. The Internet is also a great resource to find out more information about trucking companies that are not local. You could also try going to truck stops, they have books and magazines available where companies advertise for drivers, and while you are there, maybe stop and ask a friendly veteran driver for advice. Do not forget that there are places in your area that offer CDL training that are locally advertising, you just have to know where to look.
This link has a good site map for trucking schools. The Truth About Truck Driving Schools, - Getting CDL training and becoming a truck driver, information you MUST have before attending trucking school.