The headlines are everywhere you go. They sneak into your email inbox, randomly pop up on the side of websites, land on brochures, and even scream at you from your television. FREE CDL TRAINING! With most CDL training programs costing more than the average person has on hand, a free program might seem like a pretty great deal. Well, I’m sorry to break it to you…but it’s not a deal at all. In fact, it’s one of the worst scams you can be tricked into.
Some CDL training schools will advertise “free cdl training” or “company sponsored cdl training.” They promise to pay for the entire cost of the school as long as you sign a contract swearing to work for their company for a least a year after you graduate. Sounds good? Well what they usually don’t talk to you about are the teeeeeeny words in fine print that make all the difference.
First of all, if the company for some reason decides they don’t want to hire you anymore, YOU are now responsible for the CDL training costs. Another sticky situation you won’t be prepared for is if you end up failing the training. Again, the CDL training costs will be handed over to you to take care of.
Let’s say you pass your training and you start working for the company you agreed to contract with. You discover too late in the game, like many inexperienced drivers, that they are paying you very little for long hours and you want out of the position. If you do decide to leave, you will then have to pay for once “free” cdl training plus interest.
The safest way to secure a successful career as a professional truck driver is to go to an accredited CDL training school. A good school will have job placement options that pay for your tuition as you work with that company. This method will give you a better variety of places to work.
*wage information provided by Werner Enterprises