December 29, 2020Become a Truck Driver in 6 Steps
- Step 1 – Pass Your State’s Regular Driver’s License Exam
Residents won’t be allowed to drive family autos or trucks without holding a current driver’s license, let alone commercial vehicles. By holding this license, you may qualify to start your career driving delivery trucks while studying to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
- Step 2 – Complete Basic Education Requirements and Professional Training
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has found that most long-haul employers expect applicants to hold at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent, along with a CDL. In addition, serious candidates should attend and complete the curriculum from an accredited community college program or a private truck driving school. The programs run from several months to a full year, and some students may receive tuition assistance.
- Step 3 – Earn Pertinent Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Truck driving schools typically teach students how to drive trucks as well as learn the regulatory details to pass licensing exams. Schools should include a focus on the essentials of the state’s CDL exam. And endorsements matter.
- Step 4 – Find Job Placement Assistance
Some truck driving schools offer the services of job placement boards and career counseling. Truck-driving associations and organizations (see below) offer job boards and career mentoring for their members. There are also for-pay professional recruiting service organizations.
- Step 5 – Complete Employer Orientation and Training Program
The BLS reports that most companies require newly licensed employees to complete a proprietary, in-house training program. These can run three to four weeks.
- Step 6 – Gain Experience
On the road experience can foster networking with fellow drivers on job openings, learning tips, equipment improvements, or the value of gaining endorsements.
If you have already earned – and you still maintain – a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), please do contact us without hesitation!
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