CDL Schools in Washington (Top Programs Listed)

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CDL Schools in Washington

If you plan on starting a job as a truck driver in Washington, you should learn more about what it entails.

Check out the info we have brought you in order to get a better idea.

How to Choose a Training School

Washington has 20 schools that specialize in truck driving and diesel technology.

Before enrolling in any school, you should compare their benefits in order to make the best choice.

For example, you can get your tuition costs covered by the school if you apply for a scholarship.

There are some schools that offer these, such as The Washington Trucking Association.

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This school provides the WTA/Dave Weldy Vocational Scholarship which is worth between $500 and $1000.

When choosing a school you should also consider the time you can put into training.

While some truck driving programs only last 6 to 8 weeks and provide a Class A license, diesel technology programs last for up to 2 years.

These also provide an associate’s degree or at least a diploma, which can help if you want to get specialized.

School NameAddress
7 Star Truck Driving School LLC11 Asotin Ave, Toppenish, WA 98948
All Star Driving School24620 Military Road S, Kent, WA 98032
Bates Technical College2201 S 78th St., Tacoma, WA 98409
Big Bend Community College7662 Chanute St., Moses Lake, WA 98837
C H Trucking Academy340 S 6th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944
Central Valley Truck Driving School11 Asotin Avenue Toppenish, Washington 98948
Check Ride Driver Training13632 NE 177th Pl, Woodinville, WA 98072
Columbia Basin College2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301
Commercial Driver School (CDS)11000 34th Ave S., Lakewood, WA 98449
Commercial Driver School (CDS)4305 Auburn Way N., Auburn, WA 98002
Commercial Driver School (CDS)1386 SE Lund Ave. #3, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Commercial Driver School (CDS)1386 SE Lund Ave. #3, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Driver Training Solutions7405 S Hayford Rd., Cheney, WA 99004
Driver Training Solutions2021 E James, Pasco, WA 99301
Drive509 Truck Driving School606 N Fiske St Spokane WA 99202
DRM CDL Training424 E 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98421
Evergreen Truck Driving School8500 Perimeter Road South #101, Seattle, WA 98101
Fort Simcoe Job Corps Center40 Abella Ln, White Swan, WA 98952
GMC Training Institute109 W Second St., Grandview, WA 98930
Grays Harbor College1620 Edward P Smith Dr, Aberdeen, WA 98520, USA
Independent Truck Driver Training, Inc.2532 S 12th Ave, Union Gap, WA 98903
L T Training17802 N Redowa Dr., Colbert, WA 99005
MTZ CDL Academy14006 RD 13 NW ​Quincy, WA 98848
North Cross Commercial Driving School LLC3122 Cedardale Rd., Mt. Vernon, WA 98274
OK. C.D.L. Training, LLC.4 Tonasket Shop Rd. Tonasket, Washington 98855
Pacific Truck School, LLC9842 Martin Luther King Jr. S Seattle, WA 98118
Pegasus Corporation CDL Training921 Cornwall, Bellingham, WA 98225
Peninsula College CDL Program1502 East Lauridsen Blvd. Port Angeles, WA 98362
Saddle Mountain Trucking School2451 West Bench Rd Othello, WA 99344
Seattle Truck Driving School106 Frontage Rd N, Pacific, WA 98047
Skagit Valley College Truck Driver Training2405 East College Way Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Skagit City Trucking School, LLC2418 Old Highway 99 South, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Spokane Community College Professional Truck Driver Training1810 North Greene St Spokane, WA 99217-5399
Stateline Trucking School251 N Commercial Ave Pasco, WA 99301
Taylor Driving Schools (TDS)646 N. Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA 98233
TDA Educational Systems34004 9th Avenue South, Suite A13, Federal Way, WA 98003
Teamsters/AGC Training Center2410 East Saint Helens St. Pasco, WA 99301
T Enterprises Truck Driving School210 E Lewis Place, Pasco, WA 99301
Troops Into Transportation – Joint Base Lewis-McChord CampusBldg R9654, Cook Avenue Joint Base Lewis-McChord WA 98433
Trans Union Truck Driving School4624 River Rd. East, Tacoma, WA 98443
VATA Commercial Driving School6846 Martin Way East Olympia, WA 98516
Yakima Valley Community CollegeYVCC Grandview Campus 500 W. Main St, Grandview, WA 98930
Walla Walla Community College Commercial Truck Driving500 Tausick Way Walla Walla WA 99362-9267
West Coast Training Class A CDL3805 Dike Road Woodland, Washington 98674

Opting for a small class can also be beneficial as you will get more driving hours and more time with your instructor.

In return, this will provide you with an increased skillset.

After your program is over, you will need to pass a written test as well as an aptitude exam.

There are some schools that offer different types of programs.

For instance, Clark College provides 3 options: a one-year diploma, but also an associate’s degree and an associate’s of Art in Teaching degree.

Western Pacific Truck School has a Class A training class that lasts for a month, and a Class B course that lasts for only one week.

How to find a job in Washington

There are many companies that hire truck drivers in this state, as some need about 150,000 workers more to make up for the shortage.

There are also schools that provide job placement, so you will not need to search for employment after you complete your course.

You can easily find a job with a trucking company, repair shop or leasing center.

The largest companies in Washington are C.R. England, Matheson Trucking Inc., and Gordon Trucking.

If you are wondering how much you will earn, this depends on your skill level and experience.

You can see below, the average salary for a truck driver in the biggest cities in this state.

Annual Salary Range:
$41K
$47K
$54K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Seattle$48,473
Spokane$43,954
Tacoma$47,237
Vancouver$46,193
Bellevue$48,473
Kent$47,142
Everett$47,410
Renton$48,426
Federal Way$47,237
Yakima$43,855

According to ONet, truck driving jobs will see a 15% growth up to 2022, while diesel mechanics jobs will see an increase of 11%.

Conclusion

As you get more experience in your truck driving job, your salary will also increase accordingly.

The first step in starting your new job is getting enrolled in a program and getting your license.

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