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CDL Schools in Texas

To become a truck driver in Texas you first need to meet some requirements and then attend a training school.

Requirements

Those who want to become truck drivers need to:

  • Pass a drug test
  • Have a clean driving record
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Reside legally in USA
  • Provide references from past employers.

As a truck driver you can only have one of these types of CDLs:

  • CDL Class A
  • CDL Class B
  • CDL Class C

Class C is the first one you can get, with B and A being a form of upgrading.

CLD-A allows you to also drive the Class B and C vehicles, and its owner can have more trucking jobs to choose from.

Choosing a School

There are 2 types of schools you can find:

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  • company owned
  • independently owned

The difference between these is that you might get hired by the school at which you trained if it’s company owned.

You’ll have to find a job on your own if you enroll in an independently owned school.

The school however, regardless of who owns it, can help by introducing you to businesses in need of personnel with your type of training.

Career Options

The trucking industry is not only about driving: there are several other options available in this field that could be a better choice.

At some of the schools, you can get a Bachelors’ degree and enter the logistic chain.

You could be learning about:

  • Inventory turns,
  • Waste reduction,
  • How the supply chain changes
  • How to ensure goods remain in supply
  • How to improve your customer service skills
  • Teamwork
School NameAddress
AAA CDL School14803 Camino Rancho Dr., Houston, TX 77083
Academy School of Careers - El Paso9001 Cashew Drive Suite 100 El Paso, TX 79907
Academy School of Careers - Carrollton1925 E Belt Line Road Suite 525 Carrollton, TX 75006
Action Career Training598 Westwood, Abilene, TX 76541
Action Career Training1403 W Ferguson, Pharr, TX 78577
Action Career Training408 E. Ave. G Ste 4, Killeen, TX 76540
Alamo Truck Driving School4300 South East Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78222, USA
Alvin Community College3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, TX 77511
Amarillo College of Truck Driving1310 F Ave, Amarillo, TX 79111
Amarillo College Truck Driving AcademyMoore County Campus Career and Technical Center 115 Success Blvd. Dumas, Texas
Amarillo College Truck Driving AcademyMcDougal Hinkson Memorial Campus 1115 West 15th Street, Hereford, TX 79045
Amarillo College of Truck Driving1314 S. Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101
Associated Training Services24143 Interstate 20, Wills Point, TX 75169
ATDS124 Truckers Ln, Elm Mott, TX 76640
ATDS1105 E Central Texas Expy, Killeen, TX 76541
Austin Community College ACC Commercial Vehicle Operator Training Program1501 US-290, Elgin, TX 78621
Austin Community College1331 North State Highway 123, San Marcos, TX 78666
Austin CDL Services8106 E Parmer Ln, Manor, TX 78653
Bear Cat Truck Driving School2799 Mineral Wells Hwy., Weatherford, TX 76088
Bill Priest Institute1402 Corinth, Dallas, TX 75215
Blinn College5503 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, College Station, TX 77845
Brookhaven College3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75244
C1 Truck Driver Training6711 Camp Bowie Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76116
C.R. England8422 Amparan Rd., Laredo, TX 78045
Career Trucking School - Tyler Junior College Site6986 County Rd 384, Tyler, TX 75708
Career Trucking School - Paris Junior College2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460
Career Trucking School - Richland College12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75243
CDL Help3901 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016, USA
CDL Test Truck801 Sandy Creek Dr., Allen, TX 75002
CDL Express Truck Rentals9800 Eastex Fwy, Houston, TX 77093
Central Texas College6200 West Central Texas Expwy, Killeen, TX 76549
Center for Employment Training (CET) - El Paso294 Candelaria Street El Paso, TX 79907
Class A CDL11354 Eastex Frwy. Houston, Texas 77039
Collin County Community College2200 West University Drive, McKinney, TX 75071
Continental Truck Driver Training & Education School6704 S RL Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75232
Continental Truck Driver Training & Education School5005 Brentwood Stair Road, Suite 206, Fort Worth, TX 76112
Continental Truck Driver - Training & Education School - Dallas6614 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75232
Cypress Truck Driving School102 Spinks Rd, Abilene, TX 79603, USA
Del Mar College101 Old Brownsville Rd., Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Drive Pro123 Street Brownwood, TX 76801
Drive Pro1835 W. Lingleville Road Stephenville, TX 76401
E Z Commercial Drivers License12490 Highway 59 Cleveland, Houston, TX 77039
Eastfield College3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150
Get It Done CDL5523 Brunswick, Houston, Tx 77039
Grayson Truck Driving School6101 Grayson Drive, Denison, TX 75020
Houston Community College Professional Truck Driver3100 Main St, Houston TX 77002
Howard College Commercial Truck Driving3100 Main St, Houston TX 77002
International Business College Truck Driving - Main Campus1155 N. Zaragosa, Suite 100 El Paso, Texas 79907
International Business College Truck Driving - Branch Campus5700 Cromo Dr. El Paso, Texas 79912
International Schools - Austin5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, Texas 78752
International Schools - Dallas8290 South Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas
International Schools - Lubbock3610 Ave Q Ste. 111, Lubbock, Texas 79412-1249
International Schools - Marshall2400 E End Blvd S, Marshall, TX 75672 75671
International Schools - McAllen3700 W. Military Hwy, McAllen, Texas
International Schools - Odessa2715 Robertson Ave, Odessa, Texas
International Schools - Texarkana2500 North Robison Road, Texarkana, TX 75599
Kilgore College Commercial Driving AcademyWoodruff Adult Education Center 220 US-259 BUS, Kilgore, TX 75662
L.I.T. Professional Truck Driving Academy855 E Lavaca St, Beaumont, TX 77705
Laredo Community College Professional Truck Driver CourseSouth Campus 5500 South Zapata Highway Laredo, TX 78046
Lee College CDL Truck Driving ProgramCDL Truck Driving program Wynne Unit, FM 2821 Road West, Huntsville, TX
LHCT Truck Driver Training4408 State Highway 359 Laredo, Texas
Lone Star College (LSC) Professional Truck Driver CourseNorth Harris 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive Houston, TX 77073-3499
Lufkin Truck Driving Academy2006 N. Timberland Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75901
Mesilla Valley Training Institute7440 Doniphan Drive, Canutillo, TX
Midland College Transportation Training4300 N Lamesa Rd Midland, TX 79705
Millis Training Institute3501 South Interstate 35W Burleson, TX 76028
MT Training Center1801 S Great Southwest Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75051
My Texas CDL564 Cody Road Ennis, TX 75119
NTCC Professional Driving AcademyTex Americas Center 107 Chapel Ln, New Boston, TX 75570
NTI Professional Truck Driver Training4005 Campus Drive, Fort Worth TX 76119
Paris Junior College Truck Driving2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460
Premier Truck Driving Schools (C.R. England)1230 So. Highway 67 Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Ranger College - Trucking Program1100 College Circle Ranger, TX 76470
Reyna CDL Driver Training6516 S. 1st Street Austin, Texas 78745
Roadmaster Drivers School of San Antonio, TX927 Eddie Road San Antonio, TX 78219
SAGE Truck Driving School - San Antonio6802 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78219
San Jacinto College Truck Driving SchoolCentral Campus 8060 Spencer Hwy. Pasadena,TX 77501
Southern Careers Institute - CDL Driver Training1701 W Ben White Blvd. Suite 100 Austin, TX 78704
Stevens Transport - Dallas9757 Military Parkway Dallas TX 75227
Stevens Transport - HoustonLone Star College 24037 W Hardy Rd, Houston, TX 77013
Swift Driving Academy2450 S. Business Highway 45, Corsicana, TX 75110
Texarkana College Professional Driving Academy2500 North Robison Road Texarkana, Texas 75599
Texas State Technical College - TSTC Marshall3801 Campus Drive, Waco, Texas 76705
Truck Driver Institute – Dallas TX8701 Peterbilt Avenue, Dallas, TX 75241
Vision Truck Driving School7441 Marvin D. Love Frwy. Suite #204 Dallas, Texas 75237
Weatherford College - Truck Driving AcademyMineral Wells Education Center 704 Hood Road Mineral Wells, TX 76067

Diesel technology programs are also available at some of these schools.

These programs last either one year and you get a certificate, or 2 years and get an Associates’ diploma.

Paying for your education at any of these schools shouldn’t be a financial burden.

Some employers offer to pay for the schooling of their future employees while some students may qualify for scholarships.

Don’t be afraid to ask about these options.

Given how many schools you can choose from in Texas for a career related to trucks, only knowing these details can make the choice easier.

Job Prospects

As mentioned, finding a job should be fairly easy once you complete your education, especially if the school will help out.

On top of this, know that there are many trucking firms in Texas, including leasing centers, repair shops, delivery services, and more.

If you want to know how much you’ll earn as a truck driver, have a look at the table below.

Those are the median salaries for this profession, in Texas’ major cities.

Annual Salary Range:
$38K
$43K
$50K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Houston$45,416
San Antonio$43,085
Dallas$43,881
Austin$43,577
Fort Worth$43,174
El Paso$38,755
Arlington$43,104
Corpus Christi$41,092
Plano$43,692
Laredo$39,244

Truck drivers can expect 19% more job openings, while diesel mechanics can expect an 18% increase in available positions.

Conclusion

The trucking industry is one in which you enter very fast, so what are you waiting for?

Start preparing for a new career now!

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