Choosing a Trucking School

If you are looking for a career where you can experience the freedom of the open road and earn great pay, trucking may be for you. There is a shortage of drivers and this high demand translates into increased job stability and the ability to make more than $66,000 a year.* The first step to entering the trucking industry is earning your commercial driver’s license (CDL). Trucking school is the most common way to do this and choosing the right institution can help you start your career with the tools you need to succeed.

Some factors to consider when choosing a CDL school:

Comprehensive Training

A trucking school program should include a combination of classroom and hands-on training. The classroom portion is important for the written CDL test. After you pass this exam, you will earn your commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and should have an understanding of basic trucking safety and operation. Your chosen program should also include actual truck driving and pre-trip inspections and you should be trained with a real semi-truck, not with a simulator.

Experienced Instructors

Instructors are a central part of your experience at trucking school. They should have industry expertise and be able to clearly explain concepts to students. A good way to determine whether the instructors at a given school are a good fit for you is to attend an open house, which may give you the opportunity to meet a few of your potential teachers. You can also talk to current and former students or ask school representatives about the credentials of their instructors.


Depending on the type of trucking you plan to pursue, you may need endorsements. These are certifications added to your CDL. If there are endorsements you know you will need, you should make sure your chosen program includes those. At Phoenix Truck Driving School, we offer hazardous materials (hazmat), tanker, and doubles/triples endorsements at all of our campuses, plus a passenger endorsement at our Fort Bliss school.

Job Placement Assistance

You should check if the school you are interested in has a job placement assistance program. This can make it easier to find a company to work with after graduation. It can also be helpful to look at employment information to see student placement rates.

What About Cost?

While the quality of the program should be your primary concern, cost also plays a role. Keep in mind that trucking school will always have some cost associated with it, whether this is direct in form of tuition or indirect in the form of agreeing to work for a specific company. It is a good idea to do some research, and to also consider what options there are for covering tuition.

Our Trucking Schools

Phoenix Truck Driving School has locations in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. We offer high-quality training, and our experienced instructors know how to help students succeed in the industry.

To learn more about our trucking school programs, contact us today.

*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.

Signs You Should Become a Truck Driver

There are many reasons that people consider a career in trucking. The freedom of the open road, the opportunity to earn more than $66,000 a year*, and the short time it takes to train are all benefits of this industry. If you are debating whether or not to become a truck driver, this article lists some signs that it might be time to earn your commercial driver’s license (CDL).

1. You Love the Open Road

As an over-the-road (OTR) trucker, you will get to travel the nation while earning competitive pay. You will often wake up in a different place every day. If you enjoy the idea of seeing the country and love driving, hitting the open road as a truck driver could be a great career move.

2. You are Independent

Trucking is an industry that allows you to be relatively independent. While you will have to make sure you get to your destination on time and follow certain requirements in the process, you have a lot of freedom to make day-to-day choices without a boss looking over your shoulder. You can choose where to stop, what to listen to, et cetera. Even if you become a team driver, your days still won’t typically involve a lot of interaction since your driving partner will be sleeping while you drive and vice versa.

3. You are Motivated to Succeed

Truck drivers are typically paid by the mile. This means that your ability to deliver freight efficiently has a direct impact on your income. As you gain more experience, you will be able to build a strong reputation and learn how to get more miles, earning a bigger paycheck in the process. You may even choose to become an owner-operator, which is when you purchase or lease a semi-truck and run your own trucking business. Overall, trucking is a career that rewards individuals who are committed to their own success.

4. You Want to Make a Difference

For many people, it’s important to know that their work is making a valuable contribution to society. Without truckers, our nation’s economy would stop functioning. Hospitals would run out of supplies, grocery store shelves would be empty, and gas stations would not have any fuel. Every day as a trucker, you will know you are making it possible for many other industries and individuals to get the items they need.

How to Get Started

If you are interested in a career as a truck driver, the first step is earning your CDL. To do this, you will need to pass a written exam as well as a skills test that evaluates your ability to drive a semi-truck. Attending truck driving school can help you prepare for and pass these tests and many companies prefer to hire CDL school graduates.

Our Programs

At Phoenix Truck Driving School, we can get you on the road and earning in as little as four weeks. We have locations in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as a location for military members and their families at Fort Bliss in Texas.

If you are ready to become a truck driver, contact us today.

*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.