How to Start a Truck Driving School

Driving a truck is one of the job opportunities available anywhere. That is why starting a truck driving school is an ideal business opportunity to take.

All you need to do is to know all the regulations about running the business.

Truck driving schools are great opportunity for people who want to learn driving a truck and at the same time obtain license. Obviously, even if you know how to drive if you do not have license you will not be allowed to drive any vehicle especially large vehicles like trucks. In like manner, the vehicle would not give you the license unless you completed driving course in a licensed driving school. That is why for those who want to drive a truck they have no choice but to enroll in a truck driving school. In this way they will obtain driving experience required in passing the state exam. It could be quite lucrative to start a truck driving school especially when former students recommend the school to other interested students.

What to Do In Starting a Truck Driving School?

Truck driving school can be run in public, private or through training programs. Keep in mind that starting this kind of business requires pertinent preparation and investment. Aside from that you should pay attention in formulating business plan. It is very significant in any business wherein you can state your vision as well as the logics of putting up the truck driving school. It is also necessary to cite in the business plan the financial plans, management plans and market analysis. If you do not have enough funds to finance your business the best thing to do is to secure financial backing. The business plan plays a major role to obtain financial backing from investors and banks. That is why to ensure that you can secure a loan see to it that you create a comprehensive business plan.

The next thing to do is to look for facility where you can open your truck driving school. Make sure that the location is appropriate for drive testing of the students. In this sense, you will be required to obtain zoning approval. You should have vehicles that you can use for instructions and during the training. Likewise, hiring office staffs and driving instructors is another aspect to consider. The driving instructor should also possess Commercial Driver’s License.

Plan a curriculum that can help students pass the state exam. It is necessary to include in the curriculum topics such as combination vehicles, control systems and air brakes. Likewise, topics like driving in unpleasant weather conditions as well as vehicle inspection. As much as possible you should acquire accreditation and certification from the concerned agency. In this way your truck driving school will be credible in such a way that it can help attract future students.

73 Comments

  • Sipho Nkuna said on March 25, 2011
    I'M INTERESTED IN STARTING A DRIVING SCHOOL BUSINESS. DON'T HAVE A CLUE ABOUT A BIZ PLAN. Sipho. Pretoria, Gauteng, RSA.
  • mukesh said on April 8, 2011
    i want to open a commercial vehicle drivers training school .plz send me details.
  • Sam Cardenas said on October 14, 2011
    I'M LOOKING FOR A BUSINESS PARTNER/INSTRUCTOR TO START A TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOL WITH A MINIMUM OF (5) YEARS EXPERIENCE. THE YARD IS LOCATED IN FONTANA, CA, IT HAS A BIG OFFICE AND TRUCKS TO START. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR INFO TO SAMSTRUCKSALES@AOL.COM.
  • enrico said on November 22, 2011
    I am a qualified examiner and looking to resign and start a driving school business to prepare the applicants thoroughly, for most of them is not well prepared. please send me more info.
  • Bessie Cahee said on December 19, 2011
    My husband is a qualified examiner getting ready to retire, he is interested in opening a truck driving school to train drivers interested in driving and obtaining their CDL. Is there grant money available for this kind of a small business? Please provide any information you may have to getting a school started. Thank you.
  • GAVIN-LEE KHAN said on January 12, 2012
    i am a registered driving school do have a business account but dont have funds to operate the business is inned of acode 10 truck to start up any one to help can contact me 0840522555
  • bob said on April 23, 2012
    i interested in starting a trucking refresher training course for ex truck drivers thats been away from driving but want to get back into it. it would be 1-on-1 training, pick up load in il and deliver loads in il. i would provide the training for about 3 months so the driver in training would have a resent reference to fall on instantly and be able to acquire a job almost instantly
  • Norman apolos said on May 11, 2012
    I want to start up a truck driving school but i have no idea on where to start and what is required to run the business can you help me with all the information that is required.
  • Frank Lana said on June 1, 2012
    I reside in Fontana California,I want to get started, I could use help in pointing me in the right direction, Where do I acquire accreditation and certification and what would be the concerned agency involve here? With whom due I register Trucking School with?
  • Bonnie Abbott said on November 29, 2012
    Where would I obtain information for starting a truck driving school in Riverside and San Bernardino County?
  • larry said on January 12, 2013
    i have been wanting to start a trucking school in a small town in ca i have 30 years over the road exp also have 3 tractor trailers from a cab over up to a volvo condo cab also 20 40 53 ft trailers. need to know what kind of licensing i need to get started. any kind of advice would be helpful larry b
  • mr.sinne said on March 29, 2013
    have graduated from a trucking school have class A w/doubles/triples endorsements have held license for the last year..been working at trucking school where i graduated for last 8 months they had me actually teaching students everything from air brakes /pre trip, too basic skills- parallel, alley dock , double clothing ,down shifting ,driving ,etc i have had a lot of the students that have graduated give me positive compliments on my teaching abilities. and when you get compliments it makes it all worth while anyway i was just informed i can no longer work there because of a problem with work source funding there students requires a instructor too have atleast 5 years experience. they say i can work with the private pay and vets but can only due the evening classes...any way if any of you need a instructor who is a hard worker, excellent with people, non smoker, drinker ,drugs and plenty of patience in the sgv- ie-or l.a area ...feel free too e-mail me .....
  • MsInfiniti said on April 17, 2013
    I want to Introduce another trucking academy in St.Louis, Mo. Any information you can provide will be very helpful. Thanks
  • edward bean said on May 27, 2013
    i'm trying to start a school an i need a list of required documents to be filled out and where to be filled out for a school also i need information on who do i need to contact for my students to be able to receive a grant or a loan to be able to pay for their classes at my trucking school
  • steve said on November 29, 2013
    need all salient points to opening a truck driving school near indianapolis, IN. grant Funding, regs, requirements. etc.
  • David Stahl said on December 4, 2013
    I have a school in Tangent, Oregon, I have been in the process of obtaining my Career School License from the State of Oregon for the past 6 months, I have invested $30,000 cash into it so far, I had a truck and necessary equipment I have used in my trucking company needed to start. I have been waiting since May 2013 for the License. I have 35 years experience OTR and have had my own authority since 1994. After my license gets approved I then need to be certified by the DMV as a Commercial Driver Instructor, to receive this you have to take all written and driving tests and pass with an 85%. This is a long and demanding process, Oregon has 8 steps starting with business plan, curriculum, standards and competences, program map, etc... this is not an easy process to go through, I am also been registered as a S-Corporation, so if anyone thinks you can just get a truck and trailer and start teaching think again. You should be able to obtain the info you need for your state by googling it or just start with your state website. If you cant figure out how to get started you shouldn't be in this. It will take a lot of paper work and creative thinking. I hired a Curriculum specialist with a PHD in Education that writes Curriculums for Oregon State University and it took her 135 hours just to help me with the lesson plan that is over 2 reams of paper! Just like you when I started had no idea what I was getting into but, I will be proud of what I have achieved when the time comes. Good luck to you. David Stahl
  • Jeffrey van staden said on April 30, 2014
    I'm in namibia(Africa) and would love to start a heavy duty driving school. If it is possible as you assist me in funding
  • Natalye said on October 22, 2014
    My uncles have been in this industry for over 30 years I want to help them open this type of business. Please send me information would be very grateful. We would open the business in Ontario ca. I have an extensive background in sales and marketing and I am confident that I could make them successful. Thank you
  • Thato said on November 22, 2014
    I want to start a training school, for trucks ,small vehicle testing, its an opportunity that I see it coming, I need advice, on how to get land, most of the land is for government. I want to educate Batswana, teach they before they could take license.
  • Darryle Dowell said on December 1, 2014
    how can i start a truck driving school in Mason, tn 38049?
  • monique luckey said on December 16, 2014
    I've had my CDL license for about five years now but driving is'nt something i really enjoy doing any more, so in turning my attention to having my own nonprofit CDL school is something we here at fly like an eagle transportation would like to open because the need for drivers is so great of a demand. we already have a transportation company that setup trips for individuals or groups, but now we would like to go one step further in the transportation setup of things. Our own nonprofit CDL school under our (501C3). If you could help us it would be greatly appreciated. we have 3and1/2 acres of land in corsicana, tx that we would be willing to use for the school set up. we're in lavon,tx for now. 12/16/2014, Lavon,tx.75166
  • Luis Valencia said on January 9, 2015
    how to start a trucking business in Fontana, CALIFORNIA. UNITED STATES
  • dwight showalter said on January 9, 2015
    I would like to start a cdl truck driving school in broadway va. I need to see what all i need to be a legal school and needing some guidance
  • elana kangethe said on January 12, 2015
    please send me information on starting a truck driving school. Thanks, Elana
  • Dakota said on February 3, 2015
    I need to know where to get accreditation or certification to open a CDL training school in san Antonio tx. The best books to provide to students training.
  • KC said on March 16, 2015
    Interested in starting up a Truck Driving school in Michigan. Please send over any info/ suggestions you may have. Thank you!
  • Simic said on March 30, 2015
    I would like to start cdl truck driving school in Willoughby Ohio I need to see what all I need to be legal schools need some help to start what to do first my husband has cdl drive license thanks
  • Craig Lightfoot said on April 25, 2015
    I'm interested in starting a truck driving school, in which we will be able to accept financial aid. The school will be in Marion, South Carolina. Need info.
  • Gerard Webb said on May 5, 2015
    upper marlboro, maryland . I need information on starting a bus and truck driving school . I have a class A license and so do two other instructors that will be on board
  • Grady Melton Jr. said on June 6, 2015
    I'm a lease operator interested in starting my own truck driver training company. Please send me more information on how to do so. Thanks
  • Grady Melton Jr. said on June 6, 2015
    Charlotte NC United States
  • Cornelius Davis said on June 24, 2015
    Mansfield, La.
  • ali bore said on June 28, 2015
    I NEED INFO ON STARTING TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOL I HAVE CDL A OVER 15 YEARS, CHARLOTTE, NC AND AREA
  • danny nufio said on July 31, 2015
    Held a CDL for 12 years interested in renting my truck to potential new CDL holders. What are the regulations or insurance requirements?
  • Tiwan said on August 2, 2015
    WILMINGTON NC GRADY MELTON JR IF YOU HAVE NOT STARTED YOUR COMPANY YET I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU MAYBE YOU AND I CAN LINK UP
  • Tiwan said on August 2, 2015
    Danny nufio interested in renting your truck pls email thanks
  • dan said on August 13, 2015
    i need funding for a cdl school in atlanta ga i have teachers,and students. we have a non profit with room for outdoor coarse and classrooms with all utilities need salary and equipment money looking for grants.
  • J M Batylin said on August 21, 2015
    Interested in more information in which accreditation and certification are needed and from which agency? Also with the business plan, how sophisticated does it need to be? Are there any example guidelines to follow or online references to go by when creating the business plan? Thank you!
  • keith said on August 24, 2015
    Looking to start truck driving school in florida..I need all helpful info...
  • Larry Goodwin said on September 6, 2015
    Need help how to start a truck driving school in arvin, ca area all info please. thank you
  • Merle said on September 23, 2015
    I have been the Operations Supervisor at a Truck Driving school here in ND.I plan on opening my own school within the next couple of months.I have clientele lined up.I would really like to have an investor.If you have questions,please respond.I am licensed as an instructor and as a 3rd party tester for the state as well.I know how to run it and how to generate revenue.As with any start up, cash is king.
  • David Creech said on October 8, 2015
    Nice Article. I have considered opening a truck driving business. I have trained several drivers over the years and have had a very good success rate-meaning all the drivers obtained gainful employment in the trucking industry upon completion. Currently, the company I drive for does not have an in-house training program. Could a person start a business within a business? Could I train possible drivers for the company I drive for? The owner is interested but uncertain of laws.
  • noel servin said on October 21, 2015
    looking to open up a driving school but don't know how to get the permits and whats.required..
  • samuel hair said on October 21, 2015
    I am seeking information to open a commercial truck driving school in Mississippi. Please provide me all the info you can, as well as info concerning grants, building purchases, etc. Thanks so much.
  • Kevin White said on October 23, 2015
    Indianola, MS 38751 I 'm seeking information on how to start a driving school in the MS Delta.I have a 501c 3 and recognized a non - profit .I would like to know if the are grant funds available to start such a school.Please contact me with any information .
  • Vanessa said on October 29, 2015
    Name 4tRD ETC, we are looking to start a trucking school here in ALpharetta, GA. My question is whee an we locate a web base software lesson plan.
  • Louie E said on November 7, 2015
    we have a Driver trainer with over 29 years OTR experience and training looking to possibly do a joint venture with an interested party. Looking at Texas coastal area because of little competition please contact us if interested. 361-500-58seven9
  • Larry Reed said on December 1, 2015
    I am looking to become a truck driver instructor I have 3 or more years experience I am located in Atlanta,Georgia.
  • Juan Trujillo said on December 19, 2015
    I working truck driver in petroleum industry for the last 15 years all the companies looking for drivers in San Francisco Bay Area I will like to open a truck driver school I living in salinas valley agriculture companies looking for drivers as well bat I don't know how to start.
  • Jr. said on January 13, 2016
    Very interested in opening a truck driving school to train drivers interested in driving and obtaining their CDL. Is there grant money available for this kind of a business? Where do I go to get accreditation? Permits? Please provide any information you may have to getting a school started. Thank you!
  • Solomom said on February 6, 2016
    I'm interested in starting a cdl school in florida can you help me I have cdl license any information about this will help me out thanks
  • Jason R. said on February 26, 2016
    Looking for any information on how to go about starting a CDL training course through the local community college here in Helen-West Helena, Ar. Any information would be a great help.
  • MY NAME IS MAJOR E. said on February 27, 2016
    I had 4years experience of driving CMV TRACTOR and TTAILER so whoever that looking for an instructor ( former , trainer ) to start a truck driving school with i am here so u can contact me at 3059240855 cell.
  • Danny Erwing said on March 17, 2016
    I would love for you to email me some information I have a prime location and would love to start a trucking school.
  • Tesfaghaber Berhane said on April 11, 2016
    I have CDL license for the last 17 years and I have trucking company which is still running. In addition to my current business, I want to open commercial trucking school. would you please give me information the requirements to open the school: how to get the license, where to get it. the school material and other else. Location: Seattle WA area.
  • Majid said on April 30, 2016
    Hey I'm in Columbus ohio I want to start this business and I have a huge clientele all ready wanting to get their CDL but I don't know where to start I have CDL and a truck please help Email me@majidrashid2@jmail.com Or call at 3053993736
  • Sherron Fort said on May 2, 2016
    I am very interested in starting a CDL training program here in the central Florida area. If there is any information or resources that you could send my way would be greatly appreciated.
  • john flud said on May 28, 2016
    I'm looking to start a truck driving school in fresno,clovis,Sanger can looking for information I've been a driver for a long time primarily training the last 6yrs Ph 1559 217 5554 thank you
  • John Wells said on June 24, 2016
    I have been driving tractor trailer for 13 years and would love starting a business training people to get their CDL license. Could you please send me any information you could about qualifications, certifications, and how to go about getting credited by the state.
  • Julie Galvan said on June 27, 2016
    Bakersfield Ca. Hi can anyone lead me in the right direction with information and help on how to start up a trucking driving training school. Thanks for any help.
  • Rosalyn Marsh said on July 20, 2016
    We have our backing and location for our school. My question is how do we get accreditation for the state of NC?
  • Willie Wilson said on September 14, 2016
    I am also interested in opening a trucking school here in Ypsilanti Michigan please forward any information .
  • JOSEPH WHEELER said on September 19, 2016
    I need all information to qualify to be a professional truck driving school
  • Gus B. said on November 13, 2016
    I'm very interested in starting my driving school and need a little push to take off.
  • Thomas said on November 17, 2016
    I am trying to start a truck driving school in Austin tx. I will please need some information on how to go about requirements, that includes qualifications, certifications, and getting credited by state of texas and or federal. Email me. Thanks
  • Richard Stokes said on November 29, 2016
    I would like to start a trucking school in the metro Georgia area please direct me to some info to read up on rules and regulations as well as requirements
  • Jimmy said on December 21, 2016
    I own a Truck Driving School in Sparks, NV. and contract with JOIN, Inc. and WIA. Seeking partner to buy out other investors. Seeking $600K for 50% of revenue partnership
  • Mr. Blair said on March 15, 2017
    Hey I am Blair, and would like to know how to go about starting a cdl training school in Memphis Tennessee. Have backing but need to know the requirements for opening in this city. Thanks in advance!.
  • Jamarica said on April 10, 2017
    Looking to start a CDL driving school in Illinois. I need to know where to start. I have backing but need to know what permits etc to get started.
  • Michael Gaston said on July 7, 2017
    I'm trying to open my truck driving school in Dallas, I really would like someone to help to get the application and get started please.
  • Don said on May 28, 2018
    I am a carrier service looking to start a trucking school in Colorado Springs. I don't know where to start. My main thing is how the students will get funding to pay for my school, I will hire instructors to train.
  • Carol Holloway said on June 19, 2018
    What is the estimated cost for insurance, truck, instructor, gas, etc?
  • DK said on August 23, 2018
    I am interested in learning the requirements/step to open a Truck driving school in North Carolina. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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