Earning your Class A CDL isn’t easy. The Professional Trucking Industry has standards for its drivers, and it takes time and effort to be ready to pass the CDL exam.
If you work a full-time or even a part-time job, though, attending a CDL training program can be even more challenging because scheduling issues add another level of stress to the process. Whether you do construction, work in an office or are in charge of handling all of your family’s needs, there are only 24 hours in a day and sometimes that’s just not enough.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be such a struggle! Roadmaster Drivers School has developed a system to work around your schedule and to help you achieve your goal of obtaining a CDL-A license.
Since our CDL training program is 160 hours, many students are able to finish the course in 3-4 weeks. For students who work a regular job, though, Roadmaster is able to spread the training hours out over a little bit longer period of time.
Here are some options for people who want to spread their training hours out while working a regular job:
Weekend CDL Training Courses
For those of you who work during the weekdays, it might be hard to find time in your busy schedule to train during the week. Plus, even if you can find the time, it takes a lot of energy to go from work directly to training right afterward.
That’s why Roadmaster offers weekend classes that are spread out over 8 weeks. The weekend program runs from 7am to 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays.
Think about it: After 8 short weekends, you’ll be ready to leave that dead-end job behind and build a better life for yourself and for your family by driving professionally.
If you work irregular hours and neither of the above options make sense for you, there still are a few ways to fit CDL training into your schedule. They just may require you to get a little creative.
Let’s say you work in a restaurant, retail store or any other industry that may put a shift in the middle of your day. Here are some possible options you may want to consider:
- Switch shifts: If you can pick up extra shifts during the week to clear your weekend, you can train for your CDL on Saturdays and Sundays. Or, if you can switch to night shifts at work, you may be able to attend the regular daytime CDL training.
- Save up: If you are at all able to save up money in advance, you might be able to get through CDL training either without working or by working reduced hours. That could make a huge difference and really open up your schedule.
- Finance your personal expenses: While Roadmaster can help finance your training, you may be able to get a separate loan from your bank in order to cover your bills and other personal expense while you train. Then, you can pay it back when you begin working as a professional truck driver. It may require you to stretch your money a little farther, but taking out a loan could help make that career change a real option if it otherwise isn’t.
- If at all possible, consider cutting back to part time: Obviously, this isn’t the easiest option. But, if you sit down and figure out where you can cut costs in your personal life and make the right sacrifices, you may be able to cut down your hours at work so that you only need to work part time. Then, you could arrange your shifts so they fit better with your CDL training schedule.
In addition to these financial suggestions, you may also want to ask people who are close to you to lend a hand in other areas of your life. If you have friends, family or neighbors who you trust, it might be worth asking them if they can help babysit or handle other responsibilities that are very important but also time-consuming.
By using all the resources available to you, the challenge of training for your Class A CDL license becomes a little easier. Weekend training is an option that Roadmaster Drivers School has created to help you achieve your goal.
You want to change your career to make a better life for yourself and your loved ones, and Roadmaster wants to help.
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