If you have always wanted to drive a big rig or semi-truck for a living, you can find many different training facilities to train you for the job. Most of these schools train drivers who have no experience in trucks, but when they finish the training, they can handle semi-trucks and trailers with confidence.
Find a School
One of the most important things to consider when looking at a truck training program is how inclusive it is. Looking for a school that offers more than just driver training is an excellent place to start.
Many training programs offer the student the class time and driving practice they need, but some go beyond that and get you through the license exam. If you can take your license exam using the equipment provided by the school, it eliminates the need to find a truck for your test and be less stressful because you are familiar with it.
In many cases, the final exams can be done at the school, with examiners coming to the school to test multiple students in one day. Some truck training programs even roll the test and license cost into the tuition for the program so you can take the test at the end without having to worry about coming up with the money for it.
The license and test can be expensive in some states, so this can help students who have not been working and are trying to get started in a new trucking career.
Another thing that many truck training programs offer new drivers is job placement services. It is a good idea to ask if the program you are considering has job placement when you are considering enrolling.
As a new driver, it can be challenging to get the first job, so working with the school to get some opportunities can be extremely helpful. Often, the training program will have a list of companies looking for drivers and will have relationships already established that make it easier for them to get students into jobs.
In many cases, the first job offers will involve over the road jobs that keep you out for several weeks at a time, but with experience will come offers with companies that allow you to find a job that gives you the option to be home nightly or stay out longer if that is what you prefer.
In any case, the truck training program may help with job placement even after you have been on the road for a while, so be sure to discuss that with the school when you enroll.