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CDL School vs. Company Training

Which CDL training option is best for me?

If you are considering becoming a truck driver, you may have heard there are multiple ways to get started in the field. You can either earn attend a CDL training school or you can complete your training through a trucking company you plan to work for. There are a few distinct differences between these two CDL training options, find out which works best for you!

Attending CDL Training School

People decide to go through a CDL training school for many reasons but the main reason is so that they are not committed to a contract. Companies that offer company paid training will require that you sign a contract agreeing to stay with the company for a certain amount of time after your training. So, if it turns out that the company was not a good fit for you, it would be very hard to leave. Training through a CDL school gives you more freedom as you are not tied to any contracts.

Another perk of attending a CDL training school is that most schools will offer job placement assistance to their graduates. For example, DriveCo CDL Learning Center assists graduates by helping them update their resumes, network with employers, practice interviewing techniques and much more. Certain CDL schools, including DriveCo, offer lifetime job placement assistance! So, it doesn’t matter if it’s been years since you’ve completed our CDL training⏤we’re here to help you get hired for life!

One major discouragement to people choosing a CDL training school is the cost. However, the majority of CDL schools will offer options to help students finance their training. DriveCo CDL Learning Center provides students with plenty of financial aid options including government programs, veterans assistance, and alternate options like sponsorship training and tuition reimbursement. Consult with an admissions representative to explore your options and find what works best for your situation!

Completing Company CDL Training

There are also plenty of reasons someone might prefer company CDL training, despite having to be tied to a contract. When you opt for company training you are required to sign a contract because they are covering the cost of your CDL training. They want to ensure that you will work for them long enough to make it worthwhile to pay for your training. These contracts typically extend between 1-2 years, which can feel like forever if you don’t necessarily enjoy the job. While the training is technically ‘free’ in a way you are still paying for the training with your commitment to the company.

Another great benefit to choosing company CDL training is that you’re guaranteed a job when you’re finished with your training. You won’t have to worry about a job search because you’ll already be hired! Though several CDL schools offer lifetime job placement assistance, many people prefer company training simply for the convenience of not having to deal with a job search. The downside to this is that you would be limiting yourself and wouldn’t have a chance to compare your options.


There are pros and cons to both CDL training options, you just have to decide which one works best for you. If you’ve opted for a CDL training school, consider DriveCo CDL Learning Center! Contact us to get started today!