No Contract CDL A Training

No Contract CDL A Training 2019-07-10T14:30:39+00:00

There is no such thing as FREE CDL TRAINING

What is so called “FREE CDL TRAINING?”

There is no such thing as FREE CDL Training. What really happens is that the training is paid by a trucking company. The party paying for the schooling has to re-coup their cost by tying you down to a contract to ensure the money is made back.

You can get “FREE” training through either a CDL A training company that partners with trucking companies and ties students into contracts or you can find free training through some of the large carriers.

Here’s what you should know:

  • You will be tied into a contract for anywhere from 9 months to even 8 years (yes, we have heard of an 8 year contract!)
    • Should you depart the company where you have signed a contract for ANY reason (if you fail a random drug screen, have an accident on the road, or you just want to leave on your own accord), you will be required to pay back your debts to the company.
  • Because you will be under contract, the company dictates what you will make when you are a new driver. We have heard pay anywhere from 12 to 27 cents per mile while training, which would be about $300-$400 per week.
    • Drivers who are not under contract make from 32 to 52 cents per mile. Many new drivers who are not driving under contract make $800-$1300/week, sometimes more.
    • Students who graduate from a private school will make $45K-$60K in their first year. Students who go through a company paid program make around $30K in their first year. You could potentially lose $30K in wages your first-year trucking!
    • You will not be eligible for tuition reimbursement. You may end up having money deducted from your pay to pay back your training.
  • If you choose to be trained by a company, if they are not an accredited school by the state, only the company that trained you will recognize your CDL Training. This means, if you leave without adequate driving experience and you cannot verify your training, you may end up with a worthless CDL.

Why should I consider No Contract Training?

Truck America Training does not do contract training. We are a private school. Because you either pay the tuition or find a way to finance/fund the tuition cost upfront, you will get to work where you choose. Students who graduate without a contract can make higher starting wages when they leave the school, and they will be eligible for tuition reimbursement.

Here’s what you should know:

  • You will need to pay the tuition upfront; however, most schools offer tuition financing. If you are a Veteran, you may qualify for VA Benefits. Also, there may be state grants available to qualifying students.  
  • Drivers who are not under contract make from 32 to 52 cents per mile. Many new drivers who are not driving under contract make $800-$1300/week, sometimes more.
    • Students who graduate from a private school will make $45K-$60K in their first year. Students who go through a company paid program make around $30K in their first year. You could potentially lose $30K in wages your first-year trucking!
  • You will have the option to choose to work for a company who provides tuition reimbursement. Many carriers can provide full tuition reimbursement to pay back the full amount you paid to obtain your CDL.
  • With training from a state accredited school, you can pick where you want to work. Your training will be recognized at any carrier who accepts entry level drivers: large trucking companies, small companies, dump truck companies, heavy haul, LTL, local, etc.

” This is the only school in the area that doesn’t try to push you to go work for one of their partner carriers. You can get your CDL here and use their job placement to aid you in your job hunt, but you are free to work where you want when you leave with your CDL A. “

Student review, Indeed.com