Trucking companies are constantly in need of new drivers to operate their tractor-trailers, and Massachusetts is home to some of the largest businesses and logistics companies in the United States.

It’s easy to find truck driving schools in major Massachusetts cities like Boston, Salem, Plymouth, Newburyport, Brookline, Worcester, Springfield, and Northampton. For the most part, Massachusetts residents are within an hour of a high quality CDL school.

Parker Professional Driving13 Robbie Rd # 3, Avon, MA 02322800-675-3258
United Road Services: Ayer11 Willow Rd, Ayer, MA 01432978-391-4481
Van Pool Transportation26 Valley Rd, Barre, MA 01005978-355-2121
Boston UniversityBoston, MA 02215617-353-2000
Bunker Hill Community College250 Rutherford Ave, Boston, MA 02129617-228-2000
Dispatch Truck Training35 Weston St, Brockton, MA 02301774-297-2985
JATC of Greater Boston194 Freeport St, Dorchester, MA 02122617-436-0980
Old Dominion Freight Line33 Silva Ln, Dracut, MA 01826978-452-1640
XPO Logistics22 McGrath Rd, Dracut, MA 01826978-937-7800
New England Transportation Company LLC23 School St #3, Everett, MA 02149617-334-4073
F Golden Trucking LLC8 Stratton Rd, Grafton, MA 01519508-826-2830
Northern Essex Community College100 Elliott St, Haverhill, MA 01830978-556-3700
Hingham School Superintendent220 Central St, Hingham, MA 02043781-741-1500
United Tractor Trailer School, Inc.​50, Holyoke St, Holyoke, MA 01040413-592-1500
Townline Transportation Inc278 S Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843978-685-4480
N C Transportation24 Jackson St, Lawrence, MA 01840978-258-3149
Easy Express Transportation51 Glenn St, Lawrence, MA 01843978-689-3279
University of Massachusetts Lowell220 Pawtucket St, Lowell, MA 01854978-934-4000
North Reading Transportation391 School St, Lowell, MA 01851978-323-0101
Emile Driving School6 Pleasant St #202, Malden, MA 02148781-397-0471
Allied Career School225 S Broadway # 206, Methuen, MA 01844978-725-5900
North Reading Transportation55 Hampshire Rd, Methuen, MA 01844978-681-4100
Jenkins Trucking978 Nash Rd, New Bedford, MA 02746508-999-1335
New England Tractor Trailer Training School (NETTTS Offers HVAC)1600 Osgood St #1570, North Andover, MA 01845978-965-2969
Old Dominion Freight Line6 Pioneer Dr, North Oxford, MA 01537508-987-2035
Saia LTL Freight90 Concord St, North Reading, MA 01864978-664-1683
A. Duie Pyle, Inc.210 Bartlett St, Northborough, MA 01532800-523-5020
Massachusetts Hoisting License21 High St, Plainville, MA 02762508-212-4735
May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities41 Pacella Park Dr, Randolph, MA 02368781-437-1300
City on a Hill Charter Public School Circuit Street58 Circuit St, Roxbury, MA 02119617-445-1515
ABF Freight65 Industrial Way, Seekonk, MA 02771508-336-1800
Landstar Ranger Inc275 Pine St, Seekonk, MA 02771508-364-6336
Stoney Industries Inc89 School St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545508-845-6731
Tri-State CDL Training Center255 Liberty St, Springfield, MA 01104413-788-8800
First Student Inc490 Boston Post Rd, Wayland, MA 01778508-358-2530
College Career Bridge30 Washington St, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481781-235-4700
TransForce, Inc.276 Turnpike Rd #230, Westborough, MA 01581508-316-2360
Saia LTL Freight55 Otis St, Westborough, MA 01581508-871-0958
TransForce, Inc.94 N Elm St #301p, Westfield, MA 01085413-200-9699
Amaral Auto & Truck Driving1090 State Rd, Westport, MA 02790508-993-4503
The Peterson School350 University Ave, Westwood, MA 02090781-320-3292
Porter and Chester Institute220 Brooks St, Worcester, MA 01606508-304-6500
The Peterson School705 Plantation St, Worcester, MA 01605774-823-3047

Cost of truck driving school

The cost of truck driving school will depend on the type of CDL license you wish to obtain and special endorsements that you would like to have. There are other factors like amount of driving time, quality of equipment, and if they provide food or lodging, which can impact the overall price. Generally, most schools fall within a range of $3,000 – $7,000 for their CDL programs.

You should be aware that most schools do not require full payment upfront. This can allow you to keep your current job and pay for schooling over a set period of time.

You should also take advantage of grants and scholarships to help offset the overall cost of your program. Visit the website of the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance to browse through current grants, scholarships, and financial aid options that could be applied to a truck driving school. If you are currently a member of the military, or you are a veteran of the armed forces, then there are likely many different scholarships and grants that you can apply for at a federal and state of Massachusetts level.

Picking the best CDL school

There are many truck driving schools in Massachusetts to choose from, but not all of them will provide the same level of training. Cost will obviously play a big factor, and depending on your financial situation you may want to choose a school that helps you become certified at the lowest price point possible. However, here are a few other factors that you will want to keep in mind while selecting the right truck driving school for your interests.

Job placement

Many people don’t realize that most truck driving schools will help you find a job after getting your license. Many truck driving companies are actively looking for qualified candidates and provide incentives to schools who can connect them with future employees. Going to a great school will mean that you will have the option to choose between multiple offers, resulting in the best conditions possible for your future job.

When researching schools, be sure to ask them about their job placement rate as well as specific companies that many of their students end up working for.

Yard time

You will spend quite a bit of time in the classroom, which is valuable as it helps you prepare for your CDL test and you will learn many rules and regulations needed to operate a tractor trailer. However you will learn the most while out in the yard and physically driving and interacting with their trucks. The problem is that keeping a large fleet of fully operational 18-wheelers costs the school money, so some schools limit the amount of time that you spend in the yard to a legal bare minimum.

If you do go with a low-priced truck driving school, then it is important to know how much time you may be missing out on yard training.

Classroom size

It’s tough to know the quality of instructors at truck driving schools as they come and go with time and some schools have one or two great instructors and the rest are average. However, you can easily compare classroom sizes between schools.

All truck driving schools will cap their classroom size. Smaller classrooms will give you more one-on-one time with instructors, giving you a better chance of learning more during your trainings.