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 Akron||360 Perkins St, Akron, OH 44304||330-494-6170|
|Northwest State Community College||22600 OH-34, Archbold, OH 43502||419-267-5511|
|Action In Motion Truck Driving Academy||4900 N Ridge Rd W, Ashtabula, OH 44004||440-261-9721|
|Ohio University||Athens, OH 45701||740-593-1000|
|R L England Trucking||318 Florence St, Belpre, OH 45714||740-350-1709|
|Cuyahoga Valley Career Center||8001 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141||440-526-5200|
|Lattavo Brothers||2230 Shepler Church Ave SW, Canton, OH 44706||330-456-4571|
|University of Cincinnati||2600 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45221||513-556-6000|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||3520 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45223||513-569-1500|
|Cincinnati State's Central Parkway Garage- Visitors Parking Garage||3658 Central Pkwy #3630, Cincinnati, OH 45220|
|Eileen Burke Occupational Therapy Center||918 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220|
|Office of Financial Aid||3520 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45223||513-569-1530|
|Driving Ambition, Inc||4788 Red Bank Expy, Cincinnati, OH 45227||513-561-7623|
|160 Driving Academy||4415 Euclid Ave Suite 329, Cleveland, OH 44103||216-539-5593|
|Great Lakes Truck Driving School||27740 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station, OH 44028||440-236-3436|
|Roadmaster Drivers School of Columbus, Ohio||977 Frank Rd, Columbus, OH 43223||614-351-1748|
|Capital Transportation Academy||1170 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH 43219||614-258-0400|
|Swift Transportation - Columbus Terminal||4141 Parkwest Dr, Columbus, OH 43228||800-800-0870|
|Miami-Jacobs Career College||150 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215||614-221-7770|
|Swift Transportation Truck Driving Academy - Columbus||4141 Parkwest Dr, Columbus, OH 43228||614-308-2324|
|The Ohio State University||281 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43210||614-292-6446|
|5AAB CDL Learning Center LLC||445 Commerce Square, Columbus, OH 43228||614-423-6861|
|Roehl Transport, Inc.||1644 N Keowee St, Dayton, OH 45404||715-591-3795|
|Ohio Business College - Truck Driving Academy||5450 Salem Ave, Dayton, OH 45426||866-214-6056|
|Ohio Business College Truck Driving Academy - Dayton Admissions Office||1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd, Dayton, OH 45417||937-226-1683|
|American Power Llc||1819 Troy St, Dayton, OH 45404||937-235-0418|
|TDDS Technical Institute||1688 N Pricetown Rd, Diamond, OH 44412||330-538-2216|
|Gregory Trucking Inc.||7800 W River Rd S, Elyria, OH 44035||440-322-2907|
|Transportation Innovation Center- Cuyahoga Community College||24881 Rockwell Dr, Euclid, OH 44117||216-987-3226|
|Action In Motion Truck Driving Academy||24881 Rockwell Dr, Euclid, OH 44117||216-987-3226|
|Terra State Community College||2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont, OH 43420||419-334-8400|
|Driver Leasing||3318 Columbus St # C, Grove City, OH 43123||614-539-0700|
|Napier Truck Driver Training, Inc.||3113 Dixie Hwy, Hamilton, OH 45015||513-755-3413|
|Southern State Community College - Central Campus||100 Hobart Dr, Hillsboro, OH 45133||800-628-7722|
|Roehl Transport, Inc.||w 44233, 1545, W 130th St, Hinckley, OH 44233||715-591-3795|
|The School Bus Safety Company||5611 Hudson Dr UNIT 100, Hudson, OH 44236||866-275-7272|
|Butler Tech CDL Training||5140 Princeton Glendale Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45011||513-645-8367|
|Butler Tech Liberty Township Campus||5140 Princeton Glendale Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45011||513-645-8350|
|Apollo Truck Driving Academy||3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, OH 45806||419-998-2969|
|Big Rig Truck Driving School, Inc.||School - 2165 Beaumont Avenue Northwest, Offices - 1211 3rd St. NW, Massillon, OH 44647||330-809-0791|
|Hamrick Truck Driving School||1156 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256||330-239-2229|
|Daniels Midland Co||2220 OH-28 #2, Midland, OH 45148||937-685-9563|
|Southern State Community College - Brown County Campus||351 Brooks-Malott Rd, Mt Orab, OH 45154||937-444-7722|
|Southern State Community College - Brown County Campus||351, Brooks-Malott Rd, Mt Orab, OH 45154||937-444-7722|
|Southern State Community College Mt. Orab Campus-||351 Brooks-Malott Rd, Mt Orab, OH 45154||937-444-7722|
|Stark State College||6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720||330-494-6170|
|PAM North Jackson||12274 Mahoning Ave, North Jackson, OH 44451||330-797-7700|
|Trainco Truck Driving Schools, Inc. | Headquarters||26718 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551||419-837-5730|
|Owens Community College||30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551||567-661-7000|
|CPC Logistics Inc||7796 Ponderosa Rd h, Perrysburg, OH 43551||567-249-4438|
|Truck Driving Academy Piketon||4235 US-23, Piketon, OH 45661||937-382-6645|
|Pike County Career Tech Center||175 Beaver Creek Rd, Piketon, OH 45661||740-289-2721|
|Drivers Edge CDL Training Academy||7450 N Union Shelby Rd, Piqua, OH 45356||937-778-3796|
|Fortis College||653 Enterprise Pkwy, Ravenna, OH 44266||330-297-7319|
|Road Clan||Brecksville Rd, Richfield, OH 44286||330-635-4021|
|Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training||4675 Newton Rd, Richfield, OH 44286||330-659-4115|
|University of Rio Grande||218 N College Ave, Rio Grande, OH 45674||800-282-7201|
|Roehl Transport, Inc.||11880 Enterprise Ave, Sharonville, OH 45241||715-591-3795|
|Ohio Business College - Sheffield Village Campus||5095 Waterford Dr, Sheffield, OH 44035||440-934-3101|
|Ohio Strategic Training Center Inc||216 Collins Ave, South Point, OH 45680||740-377-4550|
|Clark State Community College, Springfield||570 E Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45505||937-328-6028|
|Clark State Community College Commercial Transportation Training Center||570 E Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45505||937-328-6054|
|Jefferson County Technical College||Steubenville, OH 43952||740-264-5591|
|Eastern Gateway Community College||4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, OH 43952||740-264-5591|
|Duke Trucking LLC||1520 County Rd 1, Tiffin, OH 44883||419-618-4230|
|Davis College||433 N Summit St Suite 202, Toledo, OH 43604||419-473-2700|
|The University of Toledo||2801 Bancroft St, Toledo, OH 43606||800-586-5336|
|Portage Lakes Career Center||4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685||330-896-8200|
|MKA Truck Driving Academy||700 Liverpool Dr, Valley City, OH 44280||330-220-0202|
|Destiny Truck Driving Academy||150 Driving Park Rd, Wellston, OH 45692||740-721-4313|
|TransForce, Inc.||8080 Beckett Center Dr #202, West Chester Township, OH 45069||513-860-4402|
|PAM Transport Inc||3885 OH-103, Willard, OH 44890||419-935-9501|
|PAM Transport Inc||2501 Miller Rd, Willard, OH 44890||419-935-0144|
|Southern State Community College - North Campus||1850 Davids Dr, Wilmington, OH 45177||937-382-6645|
|Truck Driving Academy Xenia||2960 W Enon Rd, Xenia, OH 45385||937-725-9300|
|Eastern Gateway Community College||101 E Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503||330-480-0726|
|Mid-East Career and Technology Centers||400 Richards Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701||740-454-0105|
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.
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.