Ohio Truck Driving Schools

Ohio is home to some of the largest companies in the United States as well as sizeable distribution centers. Qualified truckers are needed in Ohio, which is why it’s a great time to complete your Class A CDL license and become a truck driver in Ohio.

It’s quite easy to get your Class A CDL license within a month with the help of a truck driving school, and the cost is not as high as you may think. There are three main types of trucking schools that you can choose from, which all have their pros and cons.

  • Community Colleges & Technical Schools
  • Privately Owned Companies
  • Trucking Schools

Below is a list of truck driving schools across the state of Ohio. Find a school near your location by searching for your city in the search box. Or, use the provided map to locate a CDL school near you.

Stark State College Akron360 Perkins St, Akron, OH 44304330-494-6170
Northwest State Community College22600 OH-34, Archbold, OH 43502419-267-5511
Action In Motion Truck Driving Academy4900 N Ridge Rd W, Ashtabula, OH 44004440-261-9721
Ohio UniversityAthens, OH 45701740-593-1000
R L England Trucking318 Florence St, Belpre, OH 45714740-350-1709
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center8001 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141440-526-5200
Lattavo Brothers2230 Shepler Church Ave SW, Canton, OH 44706330-456-4571
University of Cincinnati2600 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45221513-556-6000
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College3520 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45223513-569-1500
Cincinnati State's Central Parkway Garage- Visitors Parking Garage3658 Central Pkwy #3630, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Eileen Burke Occupational Therapy Center918 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Office of Financial Aid3520 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45223513-569-1530
Driving Ambition, Inc4788 Red Bank Expy, Cincinnati, OH 45227513-561-7623
160 Driving Academy4415 Euclid Ave Suite 329, Cleveland, OH 44103216-539-5593
Great Lakes Truck Driving School27740 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station, OH 44028440-236-3436
Roadmaster Drivers School of Columbus, Ohio977 Frank Rd, Columbus, OH 43223614-351-1748
Capital Transportation Academy1170 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH 43219614-258-0400
Swift Transportation - Columbus Terminal4141 Parkwest Dr, Columbus, OH 43228800-800-0870
Miami-Jacobs Career College150 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215614-221-7770
Swift Transportation Truck Driving Academy - Columbus4141 Parkwest Dr, Columbus, OH 43228614-308-2324
The Ohio State University281 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43210614-292-6446
5AAB CDL Learning Center LLC445 Commerce Square, Columbus, OH 43228614-423-6861
Roehl Transport, Inc.1644 N Keowee St, Dayton, OH 45404715-591-3795
Ohio Business College - Truck Driving Academy5450 Salem Ave, Dayton, OH 45426866-214-6056
Ohio Business College Truck Driving Academy - Dayton Admissions Office1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd, Dayton, OH 45417937-226-1683
American Power Llc1819 Troy St, Dayton, OH 45404937-235-0418
TDDS Technical Institute1688 N Pricetown Rd, Diamond, OH 44412330-538-2216
Gregory Trucking Inc.7800 W River Rd S, Elyria, OH 44035440-322-2907
Transportation Innovation Center- Cuyahoga Community College24881 Rockwell Dr, Euclid, OH 44117216-987-3226
Action In Motion Truck Driving Academy24881 Rockwell Dr, Euclid, OH 44117216-987-3226
Terra State Community College2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont, OH 43420419-334-8400
Driver Leasing3318 Columbus St # C, Grove City, OH 43123614-539-0700
Napier Truck Driver Training, Inc.3113 Dixie Hwy, Hamilton, OH 45015513-755-3413
Southern State Community College - Central Campus100 Hobart Dr, Hillsboro, OH 45133800-628-7722
Roehl Transport, Inc.w 44233, 1545, W 130th St, Hinckley, OH 44233715-591-3795
The School Bus Safety Company5611 Hudson Dr UNIT 100, Hudson, OH 44236866-275-7272
Butler Tech CDL Training5140 Princeton Glendale Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45011513-645-8367
Butler Tech Liberty Township Campus5140 Princeton Glendale Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45011513-645-8350
Apollo Truck Driving Academy3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, OH 45806419-998-2969
Big Rig Truck Driving School, Inc.School - 2165 Beaumont Avenue Northwest, Offices - 1211 3rd St. NW, Massillon, OH 44647330-809-0791
Hamrick Truck Driving School1156 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256330-239-2229
Daniels Midland Co2220 OH-28 #2, Midland, OH 45148937-685-9563
Southern State Community College - Brown County Campus351 Brooks-Malott Rd, Mt Orab, OH 45154937-444-7722
Southern State Community College - Brown County Campus351, Brooks-Malott Rd, Mt Orab, OH 45154937-444-7722
Southern State Community College Mt. Orab Campus-351 Brooks-Malott Rd, Mt Orab, OH 45154937-444-7722
Stark State College6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720330-494-6170
PAM North Jackson12274 Mahoning Ave, North Jackson, OH 44451330-797-7700
Trainco Truck Driving Schools, Inc. | Headquarters26718 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551419-837-5730
Owens Community College30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551567-661-7000
CPC Logistics Inc7796 Ponderosa Rd h, Perrysburg, OH 43551567-249-4438
Truck Driving Academy Piketon4235 US-23, Piketon, OH 45661937-382-6645
Pike County Career Tech Center175 Beaver Creek Rd, Piketon, OH 45661740-289-2721
Drivers Edge CDL Training Academy7450 N Union Shelby Rd, Piqua, OH 45356937-778-3796
Fortis College653 Enterprise Pkwy, Ravenna, OH 44266330-297-7319
Road ClanBrecksville Rd, Richfield, OH 44286330-635-4021
Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training4675 Newton Rd, Richfield, OH 44286330-659-4115
University of Rio Grande218 N College Ave, Rio Grande, OH 45674800-282-7201
Roehl Transport, Inc.11880 Enterprise Ave, Sharonville, OH 45241715-591-3795
Ohio Business College - Sheffield Village Campus5095 Waterford Dr, Sheffield, OH 44035440-934-3101
Ohio Strategic Training Center Inc216 Collins Ave, South Point, OH 45680740-377-4550
Clark State Community College, Springfield570 E Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45505937-328-6028
Clark State Community College Commercial Transportation Training Center570 E Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45505937-328-6054
Jefferson County Technical CollegeSteubenville, OH 43952740-264-5591
Eastern Gateway Community College4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, OH 43952740-264-5591
Duke Trucking LLC1520 County Rd 1, Tiffin, OH 44883419-618-4230
Davis College433 N Summit St Suite 202, Toledo, OH 43604419-473-2700
The University of Toledo2801 Bancroft St, Toledo, OH 43606800-586-5336
Portage Lakes Career Center4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685330-896-8200
MKA Truck Driving Academy700 Liverpool Dr, Valley City, OH 44280330-220-0202
Destiny Truck Driving Academy150 Driving Park Rd, Wellston, OH 45692740-721-4313
TransForce, Inc.8080 Beckett Center Dr #202, West Chester Township, OH 45069513-860-4402
PAM Transport Inc3885 OH-103, Willard, OH 44890419-935-9501
PAM Transport Inc2501 Miller Rd, Willard, OH 44890419-935-0144
Southern State Community College - North Campus1850 Davids Dr, Wilmington, OH 45177937-382-6645
Truck Driving Academy Xenia2960 W Enon Rd, Xenia, OH 45385937-725-9300
Eastern Gateway Community College101 E Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503330-480-0726
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers400 Richards Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701740-454-0105

You’ll want to compare each of the schooling options to determine which is best for you. We’ll cover each of these school options in detail.

Community Colleges & Technical Schools

Enrolling in one of these schools typically is a great choice for many individuals as the enrollment costs are relatively low. You can often find scholarships and grants that can be applied to these programs to help make the cost even lower. Some programs offer great facilities and have great instructors while others fall short of expectations. Be sure to read reviews and get opinions for former students if you’re interested in attending a particular community college or technical school.

The number of classes offered are more limited than the other options and classes can be booked up months in advance. The amount of time it takes to complete the program is typically longer than any of the other options: 4-6 months is the typical amount of time that it takes to complete the program. Most programs provide Class A CDL certification, but not all. Double check that you’re enrolling in a Class A program if you plan to drive outside of the state of Ohio in a semi-truck one day.

If you’re looking to save some money and you’re not in a rush to receive your CDL license, then this may be a great option for you.

Privately Owned Companies

Many trucking companies will sponsor training for their employees and provide everything that you need to get your Class A license. The amount of time it takes to complete trucking school can vary quite wildly, as each trucking company has a training different structure.

While trucking companies may advertise free training, the reality is that you pay for the training yourself by working for the company for a minimum period of time. Once you become certified and start working for the company, a percentage or lump sum of your wages go towards the training that you received. You are also tied to one company for a set period of time, and you may still owe the company money if you terminate employment early.

If you’re dead set on working for one particular company and trust their training program, or you’re concerned about being able to pay for the costs of a trucking school, then this may be the best fit for you. Before you make any commitments, be sure that you read through all documents and fully understand what you’re signing up for.

Trucking Schools

Truck driving schools also offer the highest level of training as the schools and instructors highly specialize in truck driving education. With more time operating the tractor-trailers in the yard and more one-on-one time with instructors, you learn at a faster rate and can get your CDL license faster than the other options. Enrollment schedules are generally more favorable, as you can find a truck driving school with weeknight classes or classes only on weekends. Trucking schools will also help with job placement, which is extremely important for finding the highest paying job that fits well with your ideal work schedule.

The downside is that trucking schools are generally the most expensive option, starting at around $3,000 – $8,000 for a Class A CDL program. This range is often based on factors like provided training time and additional endorsements to your license. You can apply grants and scholarships for many of these schools, but it’s a good idea to double check to make sure that it can be applied towards a truck driving school.

Financial Aid Options

For those in financial help for paying for trucking school, there are plenty of options.

Scholarships, grants and loans.

Many truckers use FAFSA to apply for federal student aid. Use the FAFSA application page to get started on that process. This loan can be used towards most technical and community colleges as well as truck driving schools. Some truckers have also received money in the past through Pell Grants although there are specific requirements in order to be eligible. The maximum award for 2020-2021 academic year is $6,345. You should also check with the Ohio Department of Higher Education as they often list grants and scholarships, some of which can be used towards a CDL school.

Be sure to ask your truck driving school if they are aware of any additional scholarships or grants that their students have applied to their program in teh past. Many schools offer financial aid to veterans, so be sure to inquire if you have served our country in the military.