Questions to Ask a CDL Training School Representative

Attending a commercial driver’s license (CDL) training school can help you start your trucking career with the knowledge you need to succeed. Drivers can earn more than $66,000 a year* and becoming a trucker can be a rewarding and exciting decision. However, it’s important to have all of the necessary information before you start your journey. This can help you determine whether trucking is a good fit for you. Asking a CDL school representative questions can help you determine which training program will be most beneficial.

Questions About the Trucking Industry

Once you start getting in touch with CDL training schools, you probably already feel that trucking is the right job for you. However, you may not know what type of driving you would like to do or what to expect during the different phases of your career. Before you ask more specific questions about the school you are thinking of attending, it can be helpful to learn more about the trucking industry.

Some questions you could ask include:

  • What are the different types of truck driving jobs available and what does the typical day look like for an over-the-road trucker, local driver, hazardous materials (hazmat) hauler, et cetera?
  • Are there different qualifications depending on the type of driving?
  • Is there a truck driver shortage and how could this affect me?
  • How much can I expect to make as a driver? Will this change over time or depending on the type of job I take?
  • What is the lifestyle of a truck driver like?
  • Are there opportunities besides truck driving for CDL holders?

Questions About the CDL Training School

Talking with a representative can also help you learn more about the trucking school you are thinking about attending.

You should consider asking:

  • How much does it cost to attend your school?
  • Are there any funding options available and if so, what are these?
  • Are GI Bill® benefits available?
  • What does your truck driver training program cover?
  • Are any endorsements included?
  • How long does training take?
  • What is the completion rate for truck driving schools in general and for your program specifically?

Questions About Support After Training

Your CDL school should help you transition from training into your new career. Asking questions about how this works can help you make sure your preferred training program will support you.

Some questions to ask:

  • How long does it typically take to find a trucking job after graduation?
  • Do you offer job placement assistance and if so, how does this work?
  • What are some of the trucking companies that your graduates work for?

High-Quality CDL Training in Tucson, AZ

If you are ready to start on the road to a rewarding career, you should consider attending HDS Truck Driving Institute.

Contact one of our CDL training school representatives to learn more.

*Professional truck drivers earn a mean annual wage of $46,370. The top 10% of truck drivers make more than $66,840 per year according to the 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics.