Truck Driving Schools in Ohio
We Show You Where the Best Truck Driving Schools in Ohio are Located
We show you how to choose the best truck driving schools in Ohio with our comprehensive list of state-mapped truck driving schools in Ohio. At the bottom of this page you will also find a list of truck driving schools in Ohio that have been rated and reviewed by the students themselves using a 5 star rating system. Feel free to bookmark this page for future reference by pressing Ctrl-D on your keyboard.
Ohio Truck Driving Schools Information
Total Number of Schools: 61
Average Number of Students: 14
Average Acceptance Rate: 3%
Average School Tuition Cost: $6,925
Average School Loan Amount: $6,008
Average Scholarship Award: $1,567
Ohio Heavy Truck Driver Jobs Information
Number of Truckers Employed: 65,550
Average Yearly Salary: $39,570
Average Monthly Pay: $3,298
Average Weekly Pay: $761
Average Hourly Wage: $19.02
National Average Salary: $38,700
Ohio heavy truck driver jobs information was current as of May 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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1. Allied Training Systems**
2471 US Route 52
Aberdeen, OH 45101
2. American Professional Truck Driving School
8334 State Route 36 SE
Gnadenhutten, OH 44629
3. Apollo Truck Driving Academy
3325 Shawnee Road
Lima, OH 45806
4. Apollo Truck Driving Academy
3200 Harding Hwy
Lima, OH 45804
5. Associated Training Services
2323 Performance Pkwy
Columbus, OH 43207
6. Belmont College
One College Way
Cadiz, OH 43907
7. Big Rig Truck Driving School
1211 3rd Street
Massillon, OH 44647
8. Big Rig Truck Driving School
8800 Clinton Road
Brooklyn, OH 44144
9. Butler Tech
5140 Princeton Glendale Road
Liberty Township, OH 45014
10. C-TEC of Licking County
150 Price Road
Newark, OH 43055
11. Clark State Community College
570 East Leffel Lane
Springfield, OH 45505
12. Clark State Community College
3775 Pentagon Blvd
Beavercreek, OH 45431
13. Clark State Community College
100 S. Limestone Street
Springfield, OH 45502
14. Cuyahoga Community College
23555 Euclid Avenue
Euclid, OH 44117
15. Cuyahoga Community College
3605 Center Road
Brunswick, OH 44212
16. Delaware Area Career Center
4565 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH 43015
17. Delaware Area Career Center
1610 SR 521
Delaware, OH 43015
18. Dickerson Truck Driving School
5 Fearn Avenue
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
19. Eastern Gateway Community College**
Jefferson County Campus
4000 Sunset Blvd
Steubenville, OH 43952
20. Eastern Gateway Community College**
9364 Ohio 45
Lisbon, OH 44432
21. Eastern Gateway Community College**
200 East Wood Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
22. Fortis Institute
2545 Bailey Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
23. Great Lakes Truck Driving School**
27740 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028
24. Hamrick School**
1156 Medina Road
Medina, OH 44256
25. Hocking College
5454 State Route 37
New Lexington, OH 43764
26. Mahoning County Career & Technical Center
7300 N. Palmyra Road
Canfield, OH 44406
27. Marion Technical College
1467 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH 43302
28. Medina County Career Center
1101 West Liberty Street
Medina, OH 44256
29. Mid-East Career & Technology Centers
400 Richards Road
Zanesville, OH 437001
30. Millis Training Institute
1982 Jackson Road
Hamilton, OH 45011
31. Napier Truck Driver Training, Inc.**
3113 Dixie Hwy
Hamilton, OH 45015
32. Northwest State Community College
22600 State Route 34
Archbold, OH 43502
33. Ohio Business College**
4525 Trueman Blvd
Hilliard, OH 43026
34. Ohio Business College
1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd
Dayton, OH 45417
35. Ohio Business College**
6690 Germantown Road
Middletown, OH 45042
36. Owens Community College**
1724 Indian Wood Circle
Maumee, OH 43537
37. Polaris Career Center
7285 Old Oak Blvd
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
38. Roadmaster Drivers School
4060 Perimeter Drive
Columbus, OH 43228
39. Roadmaster Drivers School
2636 Brecksville Road
Richfield, OH 44286
40. Southern State Community College
One College Way
Cadiz, OH 43907
41. Southern State Community College
895 Crouse Chapel Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
42. Southern State Community College
10100 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45241
43. Southern State Community College
3525 N. State Route 48
Lebanon, OH 45036
44. Southern State Community College
15676 Ohio 691
Nelsonville, OH 45764
45. Southern State Community College
New Lexington Campus
5454 State Route 37
New Lexington, OH 43764
46. Southern State Community College
4235 U.S. 23
Piketon, OH 45661
47. Southern State Community College
42377 County Hwy 25
Pomeroy, OH 45769
48. Southern State Community College
Rio Grande Campus
218 N. College Avenue
Rio Grande, OH 45674
49. Southern State Community College
South Point Campus
216 Collins Avenue
South Point, OH 45680
50. Southern State Community College
110 John Scott Hwy
Steubenville, OH 43952
51. Southern State Community College
3321 Airborne Road
Wilmington, OH 45177
52. Stark State College
6200 Frank Avenue N.W.
North Canton, OH 44720
53. TDDS Technical Institute
1688 N. Pricetown Road
Lake Milton, OH 44429
54. The Career Center
21740 State Route 676
Marietta, OH 45750
55. Trainco Truck Driving Schools**
26718 Oregon Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551
56. Trainco Truck Driving Schools
3200 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 45840
57. Trainco Truck Driving Schools
11001 State Route 250N
Milan, OH 44846
58. Tri-County Adult Career Center
15676 State Route 691
Nelsonville, OH 45764
59. University of Northwestern Ohio
1441 N. Cable Road
Lima, OH 45805
60. Vantage Career Center
818 N. Franklin Street
Van Wert, OH 45891
61. Warren County Career Center
3525 N. State Route 48
Lebanon, OH 45036
62. Zane State College
9900 Brick Church Road
Cambridge, OH 43725
† Truck driving school offers truck driver training programs that are certified to meet the standards of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI).
** Truck driving school is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Here is the state-mapped list of truck driving schools in Ohio. The list of truck driving schools in Ohio above matches the markers on the map below.
Map of Truck Driving Schools in Ohio
|1. Allied Training Systems||2471 US Route 52, Aberdeen, OH 45101|
|2. American Professional Truck Driving School||8334 State Route 36 SE, Gnadenhutten, OH 44629|
|3. Apollo Truck Driving Academy||3325 Shawnee Road, Lima, OH 45806|
|4. Apollo Truck Driving Academy||3200 Harding Hwy, Lima, OH 45804-3514|
|5. Associated Training Services||2323 Performance Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43207|
|6. Belmont College||Southern State Community College, Harrison County Center, One College Way, Cadiz, OH 43907|
|7. Big Rig Truck Driving School||1211 3rd Street, Massillon, OH 44647|
|8. Big Rig Truck Driving School||8800 Clinton Road, Brooklyn, OH 44144|
|9. C-TEC of Licking County||Adult Education Center, 150 Price Road, Newark, OH 43055|
|10. Clark State Community College||570 East Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45505|
|11. Clark State Community College||Greene Center, 3775 Pentagon Blvd, Beavercreek, OH 45431|
|12. Clark State Community College||Training Facility, Brinkman Educational Center, 100 S. Limestone Street, Springfield, OH 45502|
|13. Cuyahoga Community College||Tri-C Truck Driving Academy, Heritage Business Park, 23555 Euclid Avenue, Suite 105, Euclid, OH 44117|
|14. Cuyahoga Community College||Brunswick University Center, Tri-C Truck Driving Academy, Brunswick University Center, 3605 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212|
|15. Delaware Area Career Center||Southern State Community College, South Campus, 4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015|
|16. Delaware Area Career Center||Southern State Community College, North Campus, 1610 SR 521, Delaware, OH 43015|
|17. Dickerson Truck Driving School||5 Fearn Avenue, Mount Vernon, OH 43050-1111|
|18. Eastern Gateway Community College||Jefferson County Campus, 4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, OH 43952|
|19. Eastern Gateway Community College||Columbiana County Career & Technical Center, 9364 Ohio 45, Lisbon, OH 44432-9585|
|20. Eastern Gateway Community College||Choffin Career & Technical Center, 200 East Wood Street, Youngstown, OH 44503-1628|
|21. Great Lakes Truck Driving School||27740 Royalton Road, Columbia Station, OH 44028|
|22. Hamrick School||1156 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256|
|23. Hocking College||Perry Campus, 5454 State Route 37, New Lexington, OH 43764|
|24. HR Career Development Truck Driver Training Academy||315 S. Main Street, West Unity, OH 43570|
|25. Marion Technical College||1467 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, OH 43302|
|26. Mahoning County Career & Technical Center||7300 N. Palmyra Road, Canfield, OH 44406|
|27. Medina County Career Center||1101 West Liberty Street, Medina, OH 44256|
|28. Mid-East Career & Technology Centers||400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 437001|
|29. Millis Training Institute||1982 Jackson Road, Hamilton, OH 45011|
|30. Napier Truck Driver Training, Inc.||3113 Dixie Hwy, Hamilton, OH 45015|
|31. Northwest State Community College||22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502|
|32. Ohio Business College||Columbus Campus, 4525 Trueman Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026|
|33. Ohio Business College||Dayton Learning Center, 1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd, Suite 170, Dayton, OH 45417|
|34. Ohio Business College||Middletown Truck Driving Academy, 6690 Germantown Road, Middletown, OH 45042|
|35. Owens Community College||Workforce & Community Services at Arrowhead Park, 1724 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, OH 43537|
|36. Polaris Career Center||7285 Old Oak Blvd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130|
|37. Roadmaster Drivers School||4060 Perimeter Drive, Columbus, OH 43228|
|38. Southern State Community College||Belmont College, Harrison County Center, One College Way, Cadiz, OH 43907|
|39. Southern State Community College||Chillicothe Campus, 895 Crouse Chapel Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601|
|40. Southern State Community College||Cincinnati Campus, 10100 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241|
|41. Southern State Community College||Lebanon Campus, 3525 N. State Route 48, Lebanon, OH 45036|
|42. Southern State Community College||Nelsonville Campus, 15676 Ohio 691, Nelsonville, OH 45764|
|43. Southern State Community College||New Lexington Campus, 5454 State Route 37, New Lexington, OH 43764|
|44. Southern State Community College||Piketon Campus, 4235 U.S. 23, Piketon, OH 45661|
|45. Southern State Community College||Pomeroy Campus, 42377 County Highway 25, Pomeroy, OH 45769|
|46. Southern State Community College||Rio Grande Campus, 218 N. College Avenue, Rio Grande, OH 45674-9989|
|47. Southern State Community College||South Point Campus, 216 Collins Avenue, South Point, OH 45680-0488|
|48. Southern State Community College||Stuebenville Campus, 110 John Scott Hwy, Steubenville, OH 43952|
|49. Southern State Community College||Wilmington Campus, 3321 Airborne Road, Wilmington, OH 45177|
|50. Stark State College||6200 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720|
|51. TDDS-Diesel Technician & Truck Driving School||1688 N. Pricetown Road, SR 534, P.O. Box 506, Lake Milton, OH 44429|
|52. The Career Center Adult Technical Training||21740 State Route 676, Marietta, OH 45750|
|53. Trainco, Inc. Truck Driving Schools||26718 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551|
|54. Trainco, Inc. Truck Driving Schools||Owens Community College, 3200 Bright Road, Findlay, OH 45840|
|55. Trainco, Inc. Truck Driving Schools||11001 State Route 250N, Unit E-1, Milan, OH 44846|
|56. Tri-County Adult Career Center||15676 State Route 691, Nelsonville, OH 45764|
|57. University of Northwestern Ohio||1441 N. Cable Road, Lima, OH 45805|
|58. Vantage Career Center||818 N. Franklin Street, Van Wert, OH 45891|
|59. Warren County Career Center||3525 N. State Route 48, Lebanon, OH 45036|
|60. Zane College||Cambridge Campus, 9900 Brick Church Road, Cambridge, OH 43725|
|61. Butler Tech||Public Safety Education Complex, 5140 Princeton Glendale Road, Liberty Township, OH 45014|
How to Choose the Best Truck Driving Schools in Ohio
Most truck driving schools in Ohio train their students by following the same basic curriculum. In the classroom, students are taught what they need to know to pass the written knowledge test when they go to obtain their Ohio commercial drivers license. This includes coursework in:
- The driving laws and safety regulations as they pertain to truck driving in the state of Ohio.
- The different mechanical and safety parts of a semi.
- The various driving techniques needed to competently operate a tractor trailer.
In the training yard, students observe and practice operating a tractor trailer using the techniques they were taught in the classroom, so that they will be prepared to pass the pre-trip inspection and the driving test when they go to obtain their Ohio commercial drivers license.
That’s basically it. There may be minor differences in how the coursework is handled from school to school but, the end objective is always the same; train students to become safe, knowledgeable, and highly qualified commercial truck drivers who are ready to obtain their Ohio CDL and begin their truck driving career.
With that being said, there are a few things you will need to take into careful consideration when choosing a truck driving school in Ohio. The decision you make could lead you on the path to a great learning experience or a dead end disaster. Although they teach the same thing, not all truck driving schools are the same.
Of all the factors you need to consider when deciding between truck driving schools in Ohio, the tuition cost will invariably be near the top of the list. Let’s face it, the final decision you make will determine the quality of training you receive and the amount of money you pay to receive that training. Although price is not necessarily the most important factor when choosing a truck driving school, it is still very important. In the real world, you get what you pay for. The same holds true when it comes to education and vocational training. Now, don’t get me wrong. There may be a few truck driving schools in Ohio that charge an outrageous amount of money for mediocre training. Remember, a truck driving school is a business, and like any other business, it is in business to make a profit so that it can stay open. Like any other business, there are good ones and there are bad ones. On average, CDL training in Ohio should cost somewhere between $2,500 and $4,500. There is usually a $500 difference in pricing between competing truck driving schools in the same general location. If the difference in price between schools in the same location is more or less than $500, you may want to do some research and find out why one school charges much more than the others. Here are some questions you may want to find the answers to when doing your research:
- Is their equipment more modern than the other truck driving schools in Ohio?
- Do they only train students in simulators or in tractor trailers?
- How much “behind the wheel” time do they give their students?
- Do they have more instructors on their payroll?
- Do they have larger class sizes and, therefore, more wear and tear on their trucks, and higher fuel expenses?
- Do they have more trucks for the students to train on than the other truck driving schools in Ohio?
- Do they go above and beyond the state minimum “required hours of training”?
- Are they accredited by the Professional Truck Driver Institute?
- Are they accredited by the Better Business Bureau?
- Do they award student scholarships or participate in state and federal grant programs?
- Do they have a more successful job placement program than the other truck driving schools in Ohio?
If the answer to these questions invariably comes up as “no”, then that school is most likely charging students more money for no other reason than to make a higher profit.
Almost all truck driving schools in Ohio offer financial aid. Student financial aid can help lower the cost of attending school. Many truck driving schools in Ohio actively participate in state and federal grant programs and even give out scholarships for academic excellence. Student loans are also available for those who qualify. Fill out the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and check with the financial aid office of the school to see if there are any available student grants, scholarships, or loans you may qualify for if you decide to attend.
When deciding between truck driving schools in Ohio, be wary of any school that promises to get you trained and on the road in two weeks or less. Not only is this unrealistic, it is also unsafe. Commercial driver training should take anywhere from three weeks to three months to complete. There are two main factors that will determine the length of a school’s CDL training program. They are:
- Full-time vs. Part-time training.
- State mandated regulations.
Full-time training programs will usually be much shorter since the students will be going to class and training five days a week. Part-time classes will usually be longer since the students will only be training on nights and weekends. Another factor that will determine the length of a school’s CDL training program is the minimum amount of hours a student is required to train both in the classroom and in the yard. Some states require students to acquire a minimum of 160 hours of CDL training while other states do not. If a truck driving school promises to train you and get you ready to take your CDL tests in a week… RUN!… in the other direction! These type of schools are called “CDL mills” and they are only out to take your money and get you out the door as fast as possible so they can exploit a new batch of unsuspecting students. Trust me, learning how to safely and competently operate a tractor trailer takes longer than seven days. Passing the CDL tests and obtaining your commercial drivers license doesn’t make you a well-trained truck driver anymore than getting a hunting license makes you a great hunter.
Location, location, location. In a perfect world, the best truck driving school would be the school that is closest to where you live. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and so, you may have to travel some distance to get the best CDL training in Ohio. Think of it as job preparation. If you can’t even handle the daily commute to truck driving school then, maybe you’re pursuing the wrong profession. If the best truck driving school is hours away or in another state, then obviously you’ll have to take living expenses into account. Some truck driving schools provide room and board for an added expense and may put you up in a hotel until your training is complete. One more thing to consider. If you do decide to attend a truck driving school outside the state of Ohio, be sure to read up on the rules and regulations for transferring your out of state CDL to the state of Ohio. You may have to simply fill out a few forms or you may have to retake the written test, the driving test, or both. Also, make sure that the amount of hours you will receive during your out-of-state CDL training will meet the minimum required hours for obtaining your CDL in the state of Ohio.
Behind the Wheel Time
Probably one of the single most important factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school is how much “behind the wheel” drive time they give their students. Not simulator time or passenger seat observation time but, shifting, steering, braking, backing up, and parking time. Remember, most truck driving school students have never even been inside a semi. Driving a tractor trailer competently and confidently takes practice, practice, and more practice. The amount of drive time a school gives their students directly impacts the price of tuition because of the expenses involved. It will also impact how well you can drive a tractor trailer when you graduate.
Ratio of Instructors to Students
First of all, when you attend a truck driving school, you are paying for an education. You can’t get an education unless you are given instruction, and you can’t get instruction without an instructor. Paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to a school to be “self-taught” would be just plain dumb. But, in essence, that’s what you are doing if the truck driving school you attend has too many students and too few instructors. Almost all truck driving schools in Ohio are set up the same way. There is a building where students are given classroom instruction and there is a training yard where students are given driving instruction. In order to keep costs down and profits up, some schools will have four or five students sitting in the cab with the instructor instead of one-on-one instruction. They may also have multiple students training behind the wheel of two or three semis at the same time while the instructors walk from truck to truck, educating the students on the right way and wrong way to maneuver the vehicle. While being behind the wheel and getting some drive time is a good thing, not having one-on-one instruction the entire time can be very detrimental to your ability to learn how to maneuver a tractor trailer correctly. In order to learn a skill, you must practice it over and over again until it becomes “second nature”. The problem is, if you are practicing something the wrong way, you will eventually be ingrained with bad habits, and it is a well known fact that it is harder to get rid of bad habits than it is to pick them up in the first place.
The instructors are the cornerstone of any truck driving school. Without instructors, all you have is a building with a bunch of books, and a parking lot full of tractor trailers. It is the instructors that will ultimately make you or break you. A good truck driving school will have good instructors, and good instructors will be knowledgeable, experienced, nurturing, and enthusiastic about what they’re teaching.
If you are paying thousands of dollars for an education, you want to learn from the best, and the best instructors become the best at what they are teaching through years of experience. Would you want to be taught by someone who just graduated from truck driving school a year ago? Of course not. You want to be trained by someone who knows what it’s like to have to maneuver a 53 foot rig through a crowded city, or what it’s like to carry a five ton load over hilly terrain, or what it takes to beat the clock and deliver a time sensitive load on time. You want instructors who will not only lecture but will also listen. Instructors who will listen to your questions and to your concerns. Instructors who will take the time to help you catch up with the rest of the class if you happen to learn at a slower pace. Instructors who are there because they want to be, not because they have to be. They should be up-to-date with all the industry trends and regulations.
Before you shell out thousands of dollars to a truck driving school, set up an appointment to tour the school and meet the instructors. Before you arrive at the school, write down any questions you would like to ask the instructors about the program and about their experience in the field of truck driving. Talk to some of the students and ask them if they’re pleased with the instructors, the program, and the equipment. You may want to schedule a tour towards the end of the school’s semester so the students can give you a good review of their training experience.
Some truck driving schools in Ohio may be accredited by the Professional Truck Driver Institute or PTDI. The Professional Truck Driver Institute
is a non-profit organization that advocates truck-driver training standards, driver professionalism, and safety. They introduced a uniform skill performance, curriculum, and certification standard in 1989 in order to raise the bar on the truck driver training process. Although it isn’t necessary to be accredited by the PTDI in order to be a reputable truck driving school, only reputable truck driving schools are accredited by the PTDI, as it is an expensive and stringent process to become PTDI accredited.
Since truck driving schools in Ohio are businesses and therefore, should be held accountable for their business practices and ethics, you may want to check to see what kind of rating or reviews a school has received by the Better Business Bureau. Do they have an “A” rating or an “F” rating? Do they have any unresolved complaints that have been brought forth by the students of the school? Is the school accredited by the Better Business Bureau? Truck Driving Schools in Ohio that are BBB accredited must commit to a high standard of honesty and fairness in order to receive an “A” rating. BBB accreditation isn’t necessary to make a truck driving school a great school but, it does show that the school takes its business practices very seriously and holds itself accountable to a higher standard.
Let’s face it, the main reason for going to truck driving school is to get a good paying job when you graduate. How successful a school is in getting their graduates good paying jobs with reputable trucking companies is one of the main factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school. If a school’s job placement program has a low success rate, then you may want to consider going to a trucking school with a higher job placement rate. There are many reputable trucking companies in Ohio that will hire graduates with little to no truck driving experience if they graduated from a reputable truck driving school.
You want your truck driving school experience to be educational, beneficial, and fun. Choose the right school and it will be. Choose the wrong one, and your truck driving career could stall before it even starts.
What are you hoping to experience at truck driving school in Ohio? Have you graduated from an Ohio trucking school? What was your experience like? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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