|Shippers' Choice - CDL Training School||130 Lubrano Dr #316, Annapolis, MD 21401||410-266-5685|
|Anne Arundel Community College||101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012||410-777-2222|
|160 Driving Academy of Baltimore||7500 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224||443-500-5355|
|CFI CDL Truck driving school||3426 S Hanover St Unit A, Baltimore, MD 21225||301-741-2223|
|CCBC Essex||7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237||443-840-2222|
|TransForce, Inc.||2200 Broening Hwy # 255, Baltimore, MD 21224||410-633-7444|
|C & T Transportation Co||2014 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218||410-366-3342|
|Torchwood Transportation Inc||1244 Woodbourne Ave, Baltimore, MD 21239||410-433-4205|
|CT Transportation, LLC||2150 S Newkirk St, Baltimore, MD 21224||410-276-2737|
|C H Robinson Co||1200 Steuart St, Baltimore, MD 21230||410-312-4885|
|Superior Carriers Inc||3230 Annapolis Rd, Baltimore, MD 21230||410-355-7774|
|Y & L Transportation||2020 Gable Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230||410-644-0980|
|NCIA Herbert J Hoelter Vocational Training Center||301 S Central Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202|
|FedEx Home Delivery||1811 Portal St, Baltimore, MD 21224||800-463-3339|
|Start CDL Training||3426 S Hanover St Unit A, Baltimore, MD 21225||301-741-2223|
|Harford Community College||401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015||443-412-2000|
|Bright Future Driving School||10442 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705||240-965-6244|
|Rochambeau French International School||9600 Forest Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814||301-530-8260|
|G & M Transportation||7060 Jacob Smith Pl, Bryans Road, MD 20616||301-283-6666|
|Touchstone CDL Academy||9805B York Rd Suite 293, Cockeysville, MD 21030||443-410-4027|
|Howard Community College||10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044||443-518-1000|
|Bates trucking||327 N Aurora St, Easton, MD 21601||301-773-2069|
|Werner Enterprises Inc||6680 Business Pkwy, Elkridge, MD 21075||410-379-5606|
|CFI CDL Truck driving school||751 Elkton Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921||301-741-2223|
|C.H. Robinson Baltimore, Maryland||6031 University Blvd, Ellicott City, MD 21043||410-750-1321|
|CDL Training||4 McCain Dr, Frederick, MD 21703||301-300-4400|
|Frederick Community College||7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21701||301-846-2400|
|Richard B Rudy Inc||1 Bernard St, Frederick, MD 21701||301-663-9041|
|Blackhorse Carriers Inc||8751 Gas House Pike, Frederick, MD 21701||301-698-0611|
|Ramar Transportation & Logistics Group - Agent for Mayflower||28-A Thomas Johnson Dr, Frederick, MD 21702||301-620-1609|
|BDR Express||4844 Winchester Blvd #2, Frederick, MD 21703||301-694-1216|
|Grimes Systems Co Inc||1301 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701||301-662-9447|
|Cdl Training - Mr. George's Driving School - Driving Instructor||16079 Comprint Cir, Gaithersburg, MD 20877||301-355-5007|
|HCDL Training Center||office 3A, 101 Chestnut St office 3A, Gaithersburg, MD 20877||301-825-4488|
|Montgomery College Business Training Center||12 S Summit Ave Suite 400, Gaithersburg, MD 20877||240-567-5188|
|Three Angels Trucking||8511 Snouffer School Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20879||301-678-9940|
|Garrett College||12601 National Pike, Grantsville, MD 21536||301-895-4700|
|Hagerstown Community College||11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742||240-500-2000|
|D M Bowman Inc Williamsport||18522 Leslie Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21740||301-733-3320|
|Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) Hagerstown Campus - School for Aviation Maintenance||14516 Pennsylvania Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21742||240-347-4805|
|Jerr-Dan Corporation||13224 Fountain Head Plaza, Hagerstown, MD 21742||717-597-7111|
|Cowan Systems LLC||4555 Hollins Ferry Rd, Halethorpe, MD 21227||410-247-0800|
|Ward Trucking LLC||3639 Benson Ave, Halethorpe, MD 21227||410-644-8280|
|Win Transport Inc||4810 Williamsburg Rd # 4, Hurlock, MD 21643||410-943-0200|
|Alex CDL||1401 University Blvd E g27, Hyattsville, MD 20783||301-946-0341|
|Western Express||4814 Frolich Ln, Hyattsville, MD 20781||240-770-3665|
|College of Southern Maryland||8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646||301-934-2251|
|Prince George's Community College||301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD 20774||301-546-7422|
|Prince George's Community College: CDL Training||312 Marshall Ave #204-A, Laurel, MD 20707||443-518-4172|
|CDL Book Club||401 Main St a, Laurel, MD 20707||240-581-2452|
|Laurel College Center||312 Marshall Ave #205, Laurel, MD 20707||443-518-4162|
|Saia LTL Freight||9007 Marshall Ave, Laurel, MD 20707||888-536-5698|
|Maryland Permit Services||57 W Timonium Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093||410-561-1901|
|msd freight broker company ( class A transportation)||744 Maple Crest Dr, Middle River, MD 21220||443-224-4069|
|Cecil College||1 Seahawk Dr, North East, MD 21901||410-287-1000|
|Superior Carriers Inc||4302 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122||410-255-2098|
|Brooks Transportation Services Inc||4576 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122||410-255-6217|
|Cecil College CDL Training||748 Jacob Tome Memorial Hwy, Port Deposit, MD 21904||410-287-1615|
|Ivymount School||11614 Seven Locks Rd, Rockville, MD 20854||301-469-0223|
|American United Auto Transport||4921 Bucks School House Rd, Rosedale, MD 21237||410-267-3413|
|Wor-Wic Community College||32000 Campus Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804||410-334-2800|
|Percontee Inc||11700 Cherry Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904||301-622-6488 ext. 103|
|CCBC CDL School||Sparrows Point, MD 21219|
|KRP Trucking Inc||3317 Dublin School Rd, Street, MD 21154||410-836-9780|
|Carroll Community College - Continuing Education & Training||1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157||410-386-8100|
|D.M. Bowman Inc - Corporate Office||10228 Governor Lane Boulevard #3006, Williamsport, MD 21795||301-223-6900|
|D.M. Bowman Inc. - Williamsport Terminal||10038 Governor Lane Boulevard, Williamsport, MD 21795||301-223-6900|
|North American Trade Schools||6901 Security Blvd, Windsor Mill, MD 21244||800-638-5490|
|ABC Transportation LLC||2106 Leroy Dr, Woodbine, MD 21797||410-549-3149|
|Chesapeake College||Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679||410-822-5400|
With an ideal trading location on the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Canal, the Port of Baltimore is the destination for many imports and exports going to and from the Midwest of the United States. With links to many major interstate highways, Maryland is a busy hub for transporting goods all across the Eastern United States.
With a growing economy and an increased demand for transported product, Maryland trucking companies are searching for qualified drivers to help move more material. Obtaining a Class A CDL license is necessary for operating a 18 wheeler, and the first step towards achieving that license is by attending a truck driving school.
Truck driving school requirements
All truck driving schools will have different requirements for attending their programs. For example, some may require that you can communicate using English as a language, as they may not have instructors who can speak other languages.
There are several basic requirements that you must fulfill for attending a truck driving school in the state of Maryland. These include:
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Holding a Class D drivers license (what you need to operate a passenger car)
- Passing a vision test with or without glasses
- Being physically able to operate an 18 wheeler – you will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate
As you reach out to schools, they will verify that you have met all of these requirements prior to discussing their programs.
What do you learn in truck driving school?
Instructors will be tasked with making sure that you are both capable and comfortable with operating an 18 wheeler on your own, and that you are able to correctly respond to high-risk situations.
To start, instructors will walk you through the basics of the tractor trailer: the dashboard controls, coupling and uncoupling, and the ins and outs of the truck. Eventually you will learn how to properly maneuver a tractor trailer in which you will be taught how to dock, upshift, downshift, turn, back up, and complete other challenging tasks. As you get further into the class, the difficult of these maneuvers will increase, so you will face a new challenge every day.
In addition to time in the yard, you will spend quite a bit of time in a classroom setting. Here you will learn how to fill out a logbook, completing a pre-trip inspection, hazardous materials handling, and rules and regulations for the state of Maryland and nationwide. While classroom time may not sound all that appealing, it will help prepare you for the written section of the CDL test, which you must pass in order to receive your Class A CDL license.
Choosing the best truck driving school
Once you make a list of trucking schools within your geographic area, you will want to start calling them and asking a few basic questions, which are outlined in greater detail below:
- What is the cost of tuition?
- How many hours do I spend in a classroom setting vs. out in the yard?
- What is the maximum size of your classrooms?
- What is your job placement rate?
- What are some companies that your students work for after graduating from your program?
Cost of tuition will vary based on the level of accreditation that you are looking to achieve. Most Class A CDL programs range within $3,000 – $7,000 however some programs automatically provide you with additional endorsements. If you have a specific type of trucking job in mind, then you may be able to negotiate the price to include or exclude certain endorsements. However, it’s not a bad idea to obtain additional Class A CDL endorsements to ensure that you are qualified for future job openings.
Some truck driving schools bring in students from far away and may need basic necessities like food and lodging. Check to see if this is a part of the program – if you plan on driving in every day from home and eating your own meals, then you obviously don’t want to pay for this.
Classroom hours vs. yard hours
Having a fleet of tractor trailers on hand for training purposes is expensive, and only so many students can interact with an 18 wheeler at the same time, so yard time is more expensive than classroom time from the perspective of the truck driving school. If you want to attend a school that provides extra yard time, then this should be a strong consideration.
Size of classrooms
You’ll want as much one-on-one time as possible with the instructors. Most truck driving schools limit the number of students per instructor to around 7 – 10 students, but that is not always the case. Small classroom sizes also shows that the instructors want to take the time with each student to make sure that they are soaking in all of the information that they’ll need on the job.
Job placement rate
Most good CDL schools will showcase their high job placement rates to show that their students go on to get jobs in the trucking industry. If any schools gloss over this question, it may be a concerning sign. You can also find online reviews of the school to see what previous students thought of the school and the instructors. However, like everything on the internet, these should be taken with a grain of salt.
Companies that are hiring
A good truck driving school will have strong connections with good trucking companies in Maryland. These companies rely on CDL schools to fill job openings, so the school may have close contacts with HR departments of trucking companies. Great schools will also keep in touch with their past students and pass along any additional job opportunities for those looking to switch companies.