The great state of Kentucky is home to several of the largest trucking employers in the United States, which provide its residents with a great opportunity towards pursuing a career in trucking. Obtaining your CDL license can lead to a higher paying job and a promising career with multiple job options.

You will find many truck driving schools in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, and other major cities across Kentucky. Their training programs take as little as one month and you may also be able to keep your current job while pursuing your Class A CDL license.

We have listed out the best truck driving schools in Kentucky in our map below. You can reach out to each school by phone using the table provided below the map.

Ashland Community and Technical College CDL TRAINING SCHOOL, INC4700 Roberts Dr, Ashland, KY 41102606-326-2072
Ashland Community and Technical College1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101606-326-2000
Ashland Community Technical1897 Oakview Rd, Ashland, KY 41101606-326-0565
Eagle Transport Ashland12424 Kevin Ave, Ashland, KY 41102606-929-5521
International Truck Driving School421 Greenwood Ln, Bowling Green, KY 42104888-780-5539
Western Kentucky University1906 College Heights Boulevard, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101270-745-0111
BiH Express111 Kelly Ct, Bowling Green, KY 42101270-782-3999
Wipeout Logistics Llc1228 Ashley Cir, Bowling Green, KY 42104
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College1845 Loop Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42101270-901-1000
Merdzic Transportation Services Inc.3100 Industrial Dr, Bowling Green, KY 42101270-205-4555
Lake Cumberland CDL School3410-3698 New Columbia Rd, Campbellsville, KY 42718877-308-9638
LCD Training3644 New Columbia Rd, Campbellsville, KY 42718
Lake Cumberland CDL Training School4284 Campbellsville Rd, Columbia, KY 42728270-866-5717
Adair Co Technology Center302 General John Adair Dr, Columbia, KY 42728270-384-3679
Gateway Community & Technical College516 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011855-346-4282
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College700 College Rd, Cumberland, KY 40823606-589-2145
MYC Licking Valley Campus305 Webster Ave, Cynthiana, KY 41031855-469-6282
Maysville Community & Technical College | Licking Valley Campus319 Webster Ave, Cynthiana, KY 41031855-469-6282
BGB Trucking, Inc.50 Industrial Park Rd, Eddyville, KY 42038270-388-4440
Gateway Community & Technical College Edgewood Campus790 Thomas More Pkwy, Edgewood, KY 41017859-441-4500
CDL Training Services & Consltng210 Steel Dr, Elizabethtown, KY 42701270-234-0431
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College600 College Street Rd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701270-769-2371
CDL Training Services & Consltng311 Cardin St, Elizabethtown, KY 42701270-234-0431
Rockit Trucking Inc800 S Park Rd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701270-737-2825
Gateway Community & Technical College, Boone Campus500 Technology Way, Florence, KY 41042859-441-4500
ProDrivers73 Cavalier Blvd Suite 213, Florence, KY 41042859-283-2701
Gateway Community & Technical College, Transportation Technology Center1051 Dudley Rd, Fort Wright, KY 41017859-441-4500
Federal Motor Carrier Safety330 W Broadway St # 264, Frankfort, KY 40601502-223-6779
Lake Cumberland CDL Training School, Inc.164 Ball Park Rd, Harlan, KY 40831877-308-9638
Hazard Community and Technical College1 Community College Dr, Hazard, KY 41701606-436-5721
Mothers Against Drunk Driving6290 Marlyn Dr, Henderson, KY 42420270-827-2672
Hopkinsville Community College720 North Dr, Hopkinsville, KY 42240270-707-3700
Safe Way Auto Transport, LLC501 Lake Shore Dr, Kuttawa, KY 42055866-800-7928
Anderson County School Bus202 E Woodford St, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342502-839-2507
First Class Services Inc9355 US-60, Lewisport, KY 42351270-295-3746
160 Driving Academy of Lexington109 W Loudon Ave, Lexington, KY 40508859-333-4321
Central Transport633 Bizzell Dr, Lexington, KY 40510586-467-1900
University of KentuckyLexington, KY 40506859-257-9000
Sayre School194 N Limestone, Lexington, KY 40507859-254-1361
Bluegrass Community & Technical College470 Cooper Dr, Lexington, KY 40506859-246-6200
My School690 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40508859-246-6200
American Class Auto Transport3347 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY 40502859-237-7370
Old Dominion Freight Line427 Transport Ct, Lexington, KY 40511859-281-1309
XPO Logistics1753 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY 40511859-255-7162
Dayton Freight - Lexington2451 Leestown Rd, Lexington, KY 40511859-286-3171
Saia LTL Freight1003 Whipple Ct, Lexington, KY 40511859-253-0108
Landstar5751 Briar Hill Rd, Lexington, KY 40516859-309-2670
Miller Transportation Inc325 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507859-255-2707
Federated Transportation Services of the Bluegrass, Inc.1713 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY 40511859-233-0066
Cobb Trucking Co Llc442 Cross Country Rd, London, KY 40741606-401-5923
160 Driving Academy8667 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40219502-330-9113
PAM Transport4500 Mason Dixon Ln, Louisville, KY 40213800-879-7261
DOT and Safety Consultants2400 Cherian Dr, Louisville, KY 40299502-639-2001
Divine Care2500 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211502-384-3218
ProDrivers300 High Rise Dr #101, Louisville, KY 40213502-438-9951
Dayton Freight- Louisville4001 Ralph Ave, Louisville, KY 40211502-449-4402
Landstar4050 Westport Rd # 204, Louisville, KY 40207502-896-0072
Saia LTL Freight3600 Bells Ln, Louisville, KY 40211502-776-4513
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.1901 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40219800-452-4868
All Star Trucking4619 Astor Rd, Louisville, KY 40218502-500-0604
FedEx Ground12900 Plantside Dr, Louisville, KY 40299800-463-3339
Maysville Community & Technical College1755 U.S. 68 Business, Maysville, KY 41056855-469-6282
Delta Truck Driving Academy50 Fairground Dr, Mt Sterling, KY 40353859-498-9988
Lake Cumberland Cdl AcadamyMt Sterling, KY 40353877-308-9638
Paschall Truck Lines Inc3443 US-641, Murray, KY 42071800-626-3374
PTL Rentals2126 Industrial Park Rd, Murray, KY 42071270-753-7282
Glen Di Inc91 Spruce St, Murray, KY 42071270-759-5540
Olive Hill Trucking Inc1040 W US. Hwy 60, Olive Hill, KY 41164606-286-8172
Kentucky Career Center3108 Fairview Dr, Owensboro, KY 42303270-687-7297
Owensboro Community & Technical College4800 New Hartford Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303270-686-4400
First Class Services Inc1201 Alsop Ln, Owensboro, KY 42303270-295-3746
Stellar Express Inc1117 Ewing Rd, Owensboro, KY 42301270-689-0007
Riverside Transport Inc.1700 Ragu Dr, Owensboro, KY 42303913-233-5500
Franey Trucking LLC6057 KY-2830, Owensboro, KY 42303270-691-1025
Asmark Institute Ford B. West Center For Responsible Agriculture1911 Old Calhoun Rd, Owensboro, KY 42301270-926-4600
Emergency Management Agency212 St Ann St #205, Owensboro, KY 42303270-685-8448
American Red Cross416 W 3rd St, Owensboro, KY 42301270-683-2438
Peoplemark (Allied Universal Staffing Services)5000 Back Square Dr # 2B, Owensboro, KY 42301270-685-0885
CDL Training Services & Consulting, Inc1927 Irvin Cobb Dr #2a, Paducah, KY 42003270-444-8005
West Kentucky Community and Technical College4810 Alben Barkley Dr, Paducah, KY 42001270-554-9200
Big Sandy Community And Technical College- Mayo Campus513 3rd St, Paintsville, KY 41240606-789-5321
Big Sandy Community and Technical College1 Bert Combs Dr, Prestonsburg, KY 41653606-886-3863
Eastern Kentucky University521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475859-622-1000
Truck America Training of KY1800 E Blue Lick Rd, Shepherdsville, KY 40165502-955-6388
Usher Transport Inc3801 Shanks Ln, Shively, KY 40216502-449-4000
Somerset Community College808 Monticello St, Somerset, KY 42501606-679-8501
Somerset Community College1, 230 Airport Rd, Somerset, KY 42501606-451-6719
Hidden Creek Transportation595 Enterprise Dr, Somerset, KY 42501606-679-1001
Tim Johns Trucking770 Waller School Rd, Sturgis, KY 42459270-333-2173
Kentucky Community and Technical College System300 N Main St #1245, Versailles, KY 40383877-528-2748
Walton-Verona Independent Schools - Central Office16 School Rd, Walton, KY 41094859-485-4181
Walton-Verona Early Childhood CenterWalton, KY 41094859-485-4181
Taylor Trucking Inc80 Walnut Grove School Rd, Waynesburg, KY 40489606-379-2342
Bluegrass CDL Academy120 Beau Dr, Winchester, KY 40391859-229-9070
Bluegrass Community & Technical College Winchester-Clark County Campus2020 Rolling Hills Ln, Winchester, KY 40391859-737-3098
Hogan Truck Leasing & Rental: Winchester, KY2800 Corporate Dr, Winchester, KY 40391859-737-3700

Tips while choosing a trucking school

Unfortunately, not all CDL schools provide the same level of training. While cost is a very important factors, you should try to select a school that provides excellent training and can help out your career once you have obtained your Class A CDL license.

Job placement

All truck driving schools will help prepare you for operating an 18 wheeler and passing your CDL test. However, a good school will provide some level of assistance with finding you a job after graduating from their program. Truck driving schools will let you pursue jobs at any trucking company around the country, but they may also have close connections with Kentucky area transportation companies. While interviewing with these schools, you should ask them where many of their students end up after completing their program, their job placement rate, and if they are well connected with any particular companies.

Training equipment

Before enrolling in a truck driving school, you will want to know what types of trucks that they have on-hand that you will be using for training purposes. You can ask questions like “how many trucks do you have available to students” and “how old are your trucks”. You will want to A. make sure that their equipment is relatively new and up to date and B. is similar to what you would be operating in your future job.

Understand that free CDL training isn’t really free

Some trucking schools offer “free” CDL training as a part of joining their company. While this option makes sense for many people, it’s important to know that there are hidden costs associated with receiving free training.

Upon joining the company, you will likely enter into an employment agreement in which you are expected to work for a set period of time for the company or meet certain expectations. For example, you may be required to work for the trucking company for a minimum of two years, take a reduced pay cut, or work undesired routes or hours as a part of the employment contract. There could also be financial penalties that would come out of your pocket if you do not fulfill your end of the bargain.

Some companies offer better “free” training programs than others, so be sure to read all of the fine print and talk with other truckers who have gone through the program before signing anything.

It’s always a good idea to research scholarship and grants that could be used towards your training program.

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority website lists out current scholarships and grants that can be applied towards various CDL programs. If you are an active or former a member of the military, there are likely many financial aid options available for you to take advantage of. Ask your program about financial aid options that have been used to pay for their tuition in the past – many schools are more than happy to help you locate these options.