There are two main ways to get your commercial driving license (CDL):
- Private CDL training with a truck driving school or more affordable CDL tutoring, or
- Company sponsored CDL training.
Both ways will effectively train you to pass your CDL test and get a new job, but which option is better?
When it comes to making this decision, future drivers will need to consider three factors:
- Which way will get you trained the fastest?
- Which way provides the best quality of CDL training?
- What is the cheapest way to receive CDL training?
We believe you should weigh your decision based on at least two of these important factors, but how much does CDL training actually cost?
How much does it cost to get a CDL?
There are a variety of factors that determine the cost of obtaining a CDL, which include:
- CDL training cost (based on number of training hours)
- CDL application fees
- Road test fees
- CDL skills test fees
- Cost of the license (Class A, B, C, etc.)
- Cost of additional endorsements (hazmat, doubles, etc.)
Additionally, you can save money by avoiding expensive schools and choosing a quality tutor-styled training. Many are choosing this route and will even choose out-of-state CDL training because the price difference is so drastic, even when factoring in travel costs.
In general, truck driving schools typically cost between $5,000 and $10,000 while CDL tutor training can cost between $2,000 and $3,500.
With that said, there is only one way to receive free CDL training, find an employer who is willing to train you themselves or pay for your CDL training. This is referred to as Company Sponsored CDL Training and you should expect at least a one-year commitment after training.
What are the benefits of “free” or Company Sponsored CDL Training?
When considering “free” CDL training, you should consider what your actual options are.
Many companies offering to pay for your CDL training require a contract obligation that you drive for the company for at least a year. For younger drivers, this is generally a good thing since you have a job right away and can gather important driving experience right away.
Additionally, companies might offer CDL training tuition reimbursements, internal company CDL training, or pay up-front for you to attend a nearby training center.
There are many benefits here, including the fact that these companies have invested in you and your success, can give you a job right away, can train you immediately on their company’s procedures and expectations, and can often offer fast CDL training.
Fleets we recommend that will pay for your CDL training
Rohrer’s Quarry – Lititz, PA
Rohrer’s Concrete needs drivers to deliver ready-mix concrete to our customers at various job sites, mainly in Lancaster County, but occasionally in surrounding counties.
For fleets looking to partner with a quality external training program, be sure to check out CNS Driver Training Center and the options we can provide at your fleet location or at our training site.