Will I need more training after I finish school?

By Gus Murray, Driver Recruiter & Special Contributor
Article last updated on 9/18/2008

After you finish your CDL training course, you will more than likely go to work for a trucking company. Your company wants not only to make sure that you know how to drive a truck, but that you are also ready for life on the road, so you will complete an over-the-road (OTR) training course. OTR training is like paid on-the-job training. Your company will send an instructor to pick you up and you will spend time driving with the instructor and “learning the ropes” of trucking firsthand. The OTR phase lasts anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks, depending on how much additional training you need. During that time, you will also be getting paid by your company.

Like almost any other employer, most trucking companies will also have you attend several days of orientation classes to get you more familiar with their mission, company history, and procedures. This is a great way to learn more about your company and your job and meet other employees, as well as to ask any questions you might have before you begin solo driving. Once you complete your OTR training and your company orientation, you will be ready for life on the road.

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