Truck Driving Schools in Virginia
We Show You Where the Best Truck Driving Schools in Virginia are Located
We show you how to choose the best truck driving schools in Virginia with our comprehensive list of state-mapped truck driving schools in Virginia. On this page you will also find a list of truck driving schools in Virginia 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.
Virginia Truck Driving Schools Information
Total Number of Schools: 44
Average Number of Students: 21
Average Acceptance Rate: 73%
Average School Tuition Cost: $4,715
Average School Loan Amount: $4,860
Average Scholarship Award: $1,647
Virginia Heavy Truck Driver Jobs Information
Number of Truckers Employed: 36,450
Average Yearly Salary: $38,290
Average Monthly Pay: $3,191
Average Weekly Pay: $736
Average Hourly Wage: $18.41
National Average Salary: $38,700
Virginia heavy truck driver jobs information was current as of May 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Truck Driving Schools in Virginia
1. 1st CDL Training Center of NOVA 2. A-1 CDL School** 3. AAA CDL School 4. Advanced Technology Institute** 5. Advanced Technology Institute 6. Advanced Technology Institute 7. Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center 8. Blue Ridge Community College 9. CDS Tractor Trailer Training** 10. Central Virginia Community College 11. Community College Workforce Alliance 12. Community College Workforce Alliance 13. Community College Workforce Alliance 14. Dabney S. Coleman Community College 15. Danville Community College 16. Eastern Shore Community College 17. Germanna Community College 18. John Tyler Community College 19. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College 20. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College 21. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College 22. Lord Fairfax Community College 23. LIDO CDL School 24. Mountain Empire Community College 25. New River Community College 26. Paul D. Camp Community College 27. Paul D. Camp Community College 28. Paul D. Camp Community College 29. Rappahannock Community College 30. Rappahannock Community College 31. Road Pro Commercial Truck Training 32. Road Pro Commercial Truck Training 33. Shippers’ Choice of Virginia, Inc. 34. Shippers’ Choice of Virginia, Inc. 35. Shippers’ Choice of Virginia, Inc. 36. Southside Virginia Community College 37. Southside Virginia Community College 38. Swift Trucking School 39. The Wakefield Foundation, Inc. 40. Thomas Nelson Community College 41. Thomas Nelson Community College 42. Tidewater Community College 43. Tri-County Driving Academy** 44. Truck Driver Training 45. Virginia Western Community College 46. Wytheville Community College 47. Wytheville Community College 48. Wytheville Community College
5716 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22303
11301 Coles Drive
Manassas, VA 20112
7223 Centreville Road
Manassas, VA 20111
5700 Southern Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
994 Scott Street
Norfolk, VA 23502
1429 Miller Store Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
100 Nye Road
Wytheville, VA 24382
One College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
6200 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Woodford, VA 22580
3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, VA 23831
Featherstone Professional Center
1807 Huguenot Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
Workforce Development Center
1651 E. Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228
1000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
1008 S. Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
29300 Lankford Hwy
Melfa, VA 23410
Fredericksburg Area Campus
10000 Germanna Point Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, VA 23831
Parham Road Campus
1651 E. Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228
700 East Jackson Street
Richmond, VA 23219
1851 Dickinson Road
Goochland, VA 23063
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA 22645
6118 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
5251 State Road 373
Dublin, VA 24084
100 North College Drive
Franklin, VA 23851
Hobbs Suffolk Campus
271 Kenyon Road,
Suffolk, VA 23434
PDCCC at Smithfield
253 James Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
12745 College Drive
Glenns, VA 23149
52 Campus Drive
Warsaw, VA 22572
1289 Progress Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630
900 VC Drive
Martinsville, VA 24114
9202 Manassas Drive
Manassas Park, VA 20111
6163 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23605
1151 W. Hundred Road
Chester, VA 23836
820 Bruce Street
South Boston, VA 24592
1041 W. 10th Street
Blackstone, VA 23821
2841 Charles City Road
Richmond, VA 23231
100 Wilson Avenue
P.O. Box 8
Wakefield, VA 23888
525 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
5308 Discovery Park Blvd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701
1714 U.S. Hwy 19
Lebanon, VA 24266
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, VA 23831
3094 Colonial Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24015
1000 E. Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
1117 E. Stuart Drive
Galax, VA 24333
300 Gordondale Road
Atkins, VA 24311
1. 1st CDL Training Center of NOVA
2. A-1 CDL School**
3. AAA CDL School
4. Advanced Technology Institute**
5. Advanced Technology Institute
6. Advanced Technology Institute
7. Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center
8. Blue Ridge Community College
9. CDS Tractor Trailer Training**
10. Central Virginia Community College
11. Community College Workforce Alliance
12. Community College Workforce Alliance
13. Community College Workforce Alliance
14. Dabney S. Coleman Community College
15. Danville Community College
16. Eastern Shore Community College
17. Germanna Community College
18. John Tyler Community College
19. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
20. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
21. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
22. Lord Fairfax Community College
23. LIDO CDL School
24. Mountain Empire Community College
25. New River Community College
26. Paul D. Camp Community College
27. Paul D. Camp Community College
28. Paul D. Camp Community College
29. Rappahannock Community College
30. Rappahannock Community College
31. Road Pro Commercial Truck Training
32. Road Pro Commercial Truck Training
33. Shippers’ Choice of Virginia, Inc.
34. Shippers’ Choice of Virginia, Inc.
35. Shippers’ Choice of Virginia, Inc.
36. Southside Virginia Community College
37. Southside Virginia Community College
38. Swift Trucking School
39. The Wakefield Foundation, Inc.
40. Thomas Nelson Community College
41. Thomas Nelson Community College
42. Tidewater Community College
43. Tri-County Driving Academy**
44. Truck Driver Training
45. Virginia Western Community College
46. Wytheville Community College
47. Wytheville Community College
48. Wytheville Community College
† 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 Virginia. The list of truck driving schools in Virginia above matches the markers on the map below.
Map of Truck Driving Schools in Virginia
|1. 1st CDL Training Center of NOVA||5716 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22303|
|2. A-1 CDL School||11301 Coles Drive, Manassas, VA 20112|
|3. AAA CDL School||7223 Centreville Road, Manassas, VA 20111|
|4. Advanced Technology Institute||5700 Southern Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462|
|5. Advanced Technology Institute||994 Scott Street, Norfolk, VA 23502|
|6. Advanced Technology Institute||1429 Miller Store Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455|
|7. Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center||100 Nye Road, Wytheville, VA 24382|
|8. Blue Ridge Community College||One College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486|
|9. CDS Tractor Trailer Training||6200 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodford, VA 22580-9604|
|10. CDS Tractor Trailer Training||Virginia Western Community College, 3094 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke , VA 24015|
|11. Community College Workforce Alliance||Chester Center, 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA 23831|
|12. Community College Workforce Alliance||Featherstone Professional Center, 1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 108, Midlothian, VA 23113|
|13. Community College Workforce Alliance||Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228|
|14. Dabney S. Coleman Community College||1000 Dabney Drive, Box 1000, Clifton Forge, VA 24422|
|15. Germanna Community College||10000 Germanna Point Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408|
|16. John Tyler Community College||Chester Campus, Bird Hall Bldg, Room B120e, 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA 23831|
|17. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College||Parham Road Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228|
|18. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College||Downtown Campus, 700 East Jackson Street, Richmond, VA 23219|
|19. J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College||Goochland Campus, 1851 Dickinson Road, Goochland, VA|
|20. LIDO CDL School||6118 Franconia Road, Suite 201, Alexandria, VA 22310|
|21. Mountain Empire Community College||3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219|
|22. Paul D. Camp Community College||Franklin Campus, 100 North College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851|
|23. Paul D. Camp Community College||Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, Suffolk, VA 23434|
|24. Paul D. Camp Community College||PDCCC at Smithfield, 253 James Street, Smithfield, VA 23430|
|25. Rappahannock Community College||Glenns Campus, 12745 College Drive, Glenns, VA 23149|
|26. Rappahannock Community College||Warsaw Campus, 52 Campus Drive, Warsaw, VA 22572|
|27. Road Pro Commercial Truck Training||1289 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630|
|28. Road Pro Commercial Truck Training||900 VC Drive, Martinsville, VA 24114|
|29. Shippers' Choice of Virginia, Inc.||9202 Manassas Drive, Manassas Park, VA 20111|
|30. Shippers' Choice of Virginia, Inc.||6163 Jefferson Avenue, Suite C, Newport News, VA 23605|
|31. Shippers' Choice of Virginia, Inc.||1151 W. Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23836|
|32. Southside Virginia Community College||Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, 820 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592|
|33. Southside Virginia Community College||Occ. Tech Center/ Pickett Park, 1041 W. 10th Street, Blackstone, VA 23821|
|34. Swift Drivers Academy||5350-A Lewis Road, Sandston, VA 23150|
|35. The Wakefield Foundation, Inc.||100 Wilson Avenue, P.O. Box 8, Wakefield, VA 23888|
|36. Thomas Nelson Community College||Hampton Campus, Hampton III Bldg, 525 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666|
|37. Thomas Nelson Community College||5308 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188|
|38. Tidewater Community College||Portsmouth Campus, 120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701|
|39. Tri-County Driving Academy||1714 U.S. Hwy 19, Lebanon, VA 24266|
|40. Truck Driver Training||Corporate Office, John Tyler Community College, Bird Hall Bldg, Room B120e, 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA 23831|
|41. Virginia Western Community College||3094 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24015|
|42. Wytheville Community College||1000 E. Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382|
|43. Wytheville Community College||Crossroads Institute of WCC, 1117 E. Stuart Drive, Galax, VA 24333|
|44. Wytheville Community College||Smyth County Education Center, 300 Gordondale Road, Atkins, VA 24311|
How to Choose the Best Truck Driving Schools in Virginia
Most truck driving schools in Virginia 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 Virginia commercial drivers license. This includes coursework in:
- The driving laws and safety regulations as they pertain to truck driving in the state of Virginia.
- 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia. 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 choosing a truck driving school in Virginia, 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia?
- 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 Virginia?
- 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 Virginia?
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 Virginia offer financial aid. Student financial aid can help lower the cost of attending school. Many truck driving schools in Virgina 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 choosing a truck driving school, 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 Virginia. 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 Virginia, be sure to read up on the rules and regulations for transferring your out of state CDL to the state of Virginia. 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 Virginia.
Behind the Wheel Time
Probably one of the single most important factors to consider when deciding between truck driving schools in Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia? Have you graduated from a Virginia truck driving school? What was your experience like? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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