How to Become a Truck Driver & Get Your CDL
First, let’s talk about the current state of the trucking industry. A serious shortage exists in some segments of the trucking industry. It’s not a shortage of freight
or equipment; it’s a shortage of men and women qualified to drive trucks.
According to a recent article in Trucks.com, the American Trucking Association released a report stating the current driver shortage could reach 50,000 drivers by the end of 2017. This shortage is said to be the most pressing issue the industry faces.
Needless to say, carriers are extremely eager to hire qualified drivers. If you received your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) today, it’s almost certain there would be a job available to you tomorrow.
Okay, so how to get Class A CDL?
The first step in getting your CDL and becoming a truck driver is enrolling in a truck driver training program. It’s important that the program you choose has a curriculum that will prepare you to work with a major carrier.
Truck Driver Institute, Inc. offers a 3-week program (15 days) that covers everything you need to know to become a truck driver. Read this article to learn more about our course summary.
How do I take the next step?
You can call us at 1-800-848-7364. We have friendly specialists who can answer your questions and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. We also have an FAQ page about our training program to help answer your questions.
What should I do to get ready to start my training at CDL school?
- pick up the CDL Manual from your state’s DMV and review sections 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6. The PDF version of the Driver Handbook is a large file. Download time may be slow.
- you will need your state-issued driver’s license
- you should have a complete 10-year work history
- you should be prepared to provide work references
After school, will I finally become a truck driver?
A very big part of our job is to help you find a carrier where you can put your new skills to work. One of our job placement specialists will help you during your training to find the best employer for you.