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What Should I Consider When Choosing a Truck Driver Company?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 26 August 2018
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Choosing the right truck driver company as a means of getting the training you need to become a trucker is very important. You will want to address such issues as the curriculum, accreditation, and duration of your training. In order to make sure the truck driver company you have in mind will actually help you reach your goal, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First, find out what you need in the way of training to qualify for a commercial driver’s license. In some areas, this information can be obtained from a state level public safety department. Other government organizations will have a department devoted specifically to the issuance of operator licenses for private and commercial vehicles. By making sure you know what type of formal education you must have in order to qualify for acquiring the license, it will be easier to evaluate the various truck driver company curriculums in your area.

Compare the training at each truck driver company by obtaining and reading the course requirements. When possible, also look at the syllabus for each of the courses that you must take in order to graduate from the program. This will allow you to get an idea of which programs will prepare you for taking the tests for state certification, as well as provide you with the education that employers will expect.

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Along with making sure the school of your choice will provide the proper training, it is important to check with your local jurisdiction to make sure the school is recognized and accredited. This process may be slightly different, depending on where you live. In the United States, many state boards of education will review and certify truck driving training programs. In other countries, the certification may be through a national agency or even through a local municipality. Whatever the situation, make sure the truck driver company you sign up with has certification that prospective employers will know and accept.

If possible, go with a truck driver company that has some type of job placement program in place. Assuming you successfully complete the coursework and earn your commercial license from the local jurisdiction, the placement program could help you secure a job sooner rather than later. Make it a point to ask which trucking firms have hired graduates from the school, as this will give you some idea of where you have a better chance of acquiring a job.

Keep in mind there are a number of truck driver company programs out there that appear to be high quality, but in fact are little more than license mills. Often, the courses attempt to cram a great deal of study into a short time frame. Even if you manage to learn enough to secure your license, there is a good chance that the higher-paying employers will not be impressed with your educational credentials, limiting your job prospects.

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