You’ve decided on a new career and are taking the right steps to earn your Class A Commercial Driver’s License by enrolling in a training program. The best way to decide which training school is right for you is by meeting with an admissions representative and asking questions.
While this can be intimidating, knowing what questions to ask can help you make the right decision. The most important questions you should ask the admissions rep are related to cost and the structure of the training. Below are some excellent questions to ask as well as the types of answers to expect from the admissions rep.
How much does the program cost?
It’s important to know how much the program will cost, and what is included in that cost. The answer to this may vary, depending on the program. Your admissions representative will likely ask some questions to get an idea of your skill level. This will help them determine which training program is best for you.
What kind of financial assistance is available?
Knowing how you are going to pay for training is important. While you can pay out-of-pocket, there may be other options for paying for your training. Some CDL programs may offer more – or different – financial assistance than others. Financial aid staff can help you complete any FASFA applications, and see what types of assistance you qualify to use.
Do you work with any companies that offer tuition reimbursement?
Many trucking companies offer tuition reimbursement for tuition costs. This means that your future employer will pay you back for part of – or even all of – your training costs.
Program Structure Questions
What is the student to truck ratio? & What is the student to instructor ratio?
Knowing how the program works is essential. Two things you should ask about are the student to truck ratio and the student to instructor ratio. In both cases, the lower the number, the better. The more time you can spend with a qualified instructor in a truck, the better prepared you will be.
What types of certifications does the program have?
While specific certifications aren’t required, asking an admissions rep if the school is licensed, accredited, or if the instructors are CVTA certified can give you an idea of the quality of the program.