Apprenticeship CDL Training Program

by Driver Orientation & Training on Friday, November 22, 2019 in Recruiting & Training


Apprenticeship CDL Training Program is designed for aspiring truck drivers, especially those that can't pay the high cost of truck driving school or private training. With this type of program, a trucking company will provide CDL training or cover the costs for training to obtain a Class A CDL. In return, the student agrees to work for the trucking company upon the completion of the training program and receiving the proper license. Typically, the student must sign a contract to drive for the sponsor company for a specified period of time. 

Benefits of in house CDL training: 

A Department of Labor registered CDL apprenticeship with a reputable trucking company comes with a variety of benefits. Here are some of the main benefits of in-house CDL programs: 

No Upfront Costs for CDL Training

This is the most obvious advantage of in house CDL training. Many people who would like to get their CDL worry about the cost of training. An apprenticeship is the best way to get started if you can't afford the cost associated with private driving programs, which can cost thousands of dollars. 

Guaranteed job placement

With an in house CDL program, you're pre-qualified for the job before you even start your training. You will start working immediately after completing your training. This is a huge benefit over non-sponsored CDL programs. Drivers who went through a school often have to spend more time and resources looking for a job after obtaining their CDL. There is also no guarantee that these drivers will get a job right out of school because most hiring companies require truck drivers with at least 1 year of over-the-road experience. An apprenticeship program will help you get to the goal faster - you will be driving and earning right away. 

Relatively short training

Another perk of opting for an in-house CDL training program is that you're able to complete your training fast. These programs typically start with a few weeks of classroom training, mixed with some hands-on instruction for load securement, proper pre-trip inspection and light backing/driving instruction. Then, upon completion of your CDL test, you'll be placed into true on-the-job driver training as you ride along with a company driver. The length of this phase is typically 4 to 6 weeks. 

How rewarding is a truck driving career?

Truck driving careers can be extremely rewarding, both financially and personally. Top trucking companies can offer great salaries and benefits. Some even offer bonuses and rewards based on performance and safety. Great companies are inclined to offer great pay to help retain good drivers. 

Obtaining a CDL is a great investment. There is a high demand for drivers and companies are looking for good drivers. Choosing to do a registered CDL Apprenticeship Program is a smart decision for many reasons, including being given opportunities to gain experience, relatively short training, and no upfront costs. Earn while you learn! You can typically train with your chosen company, obtain your CDL, and be making a solid paycheck in less than three months. There has never been a better time to get into the trucking industry.