Becoming a CDL licensed truck driver in the state of Wisconsin opens the door to many future career opportunities. The process can take as little as one month and plenty of financial aid options are available to reduce the total cost of training.

Many truck driving schools are located across the state of Wisconsin, although most Milwaukee Kenosah, Madison, Green Bay, and Racine.

NameAddressPhone
Fox Valley Technical College1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, WI 54912920-735-5600
Truck Driving School-Fox Valley1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, WI 54914920-735-2442
Quality Carriers, Inc. #19712112 Wilmot Rd, Bristol, WI 53104800-558-9481
Roehl Transport, Inc.4334 Daentl Rd, DeForest, WI 53532715-591-3795
Buchan Trucking Co2787 Main St, East Troy, WI 53120262-642-3116
Moraine Park Technical College235 N National Ave, Fond du Lac, WI 54935800-472-4554
Fox Valley Technical College Transportation CenterGrand Chute, WI 54914920-735-5600
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54307920-498-5444
Schneider Facility - Green Bay911 Glory Rd, Green Bay, WI 54304800-558-6767
Schneider Training Academy Inc911 Glory Rd, Green Bay, WI 54304920-592-6111
HANDS ON CDL DRIVING SCHOOL27415 281st Street b, Holcombe, WI 54745715-312-0003
ATS Hudson650 Brakke Dr #103, Hudson, WI 54016715-245-5665
Blackhawk Technical College6004 S County Rd G, Janesville, WI 53546608-758-6900
CDL Kotra Driving School2315 Roosevelt Rd, Kenosha, WI 53143262-577-5227
Gateway Technical College: Horizon Center for Transportation Technology4940 88th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144800-247-7122
Herzing University - Kenosha4006 Washington Rd, Kenosha, WI 53144262-293-5475
Drive Right Driving School6040 39th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142262-564-5736
CDL Service & Training6010 26th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53143262-496-3407
Zizzo's Trucking Co Inc3000 Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI 53140262-658-2551
Central Transport5015 38th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144586-467-1900
Gateway Technical College3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144800-247-7122
Walt Moss Trucking Inc11005 Weyerhauser Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI 54849218-391-1206
Veriha Training Center2516 Cleveland Ave, Marinette, WI 54143800-666-5187
Veriha Trucking, Inc.2830 Cleveland Ave, Marinette, WI 54143715-732-4431
Roehl Transport, Inc.1916 E 29th St, Marshfield, WI 54449715-591-7050
Professional CDL Training9301 W Heather Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53224414-218-0093
160 Driving Academy of Milwaukee3732 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208414-455-6687
Tucker's Truck Driving Academy, LLC.7027 W Capitol Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53216855-669-2235
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukee, WI 53211414-229-1122
Milwaukee Area Technical College Downtown Milwaukee Campus700 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233414-297-6282
Marquette University1250 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233800-222-6544
Marten Transport - Tractor Shop251 Commercial Ave, Mondovi, WI 54755
Marten Transport Ltd129 Marten St, Mondovi, WI 54755715-972-7606
Roehl Transport, Inc.6915 County Rd BB, Neenah, WI 54956715-591-3795
Swift Transportation - Menasha Terminal2476 American Dr, Neenah, WI 54956920-991-0069
RLJ CDL Services LLC1400 WI-64, New Richmond, WI 54017715-243-5577
160 Driving Academy (Oak Creek,WI)9545 S 20th St, Oak Creek, WI 53154414-420-1787
160 Driving Academy (Waukegan,IL)9545 S 20th St, Oak Creek, WI 53154414-420-1787
Roehl Transport, Inc.1770 Ridgeview Dr, Oak Creek, WI 53154715-591-3795
WCTC Main Campus (Waukesha County Technical College)800 Main St, Pewaukee, WI 53072262-691-5566
NTB Trucking Inc.8900 Green Bay Rd, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158262-612-2021
Gateway Technical College1001 S, Main St, Racine, WI 53403800-247-7122
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake1900 College Dr, Rice Lake, WI 54868715-234-7082
Dayton Freight- Milwaukee3135 Co Hwy H, Sturtevant, WI 53177414-570-0043
Diesel Truck Driver Training7190 Elder Ln, Sun Prairie, WI 53590608-837-7800
Halvor Lines217 Grand Ave, Superior, WI 54880715-392-8161
Jeff Foster Trucking Inc313 Winter St, Superior, WI 54880715-394-5618
Central Transport3115 Hill Ave, Superior, WI 54880586-467-1900
WITC-Superior600 N 21st St, Superior, WI 54880715-394-6677
University of Wisconsin-SuperiorBelknap St. and, Catlin Ave, Superior, WI 54880715-394-8101
Future Logistics & CDL Training4100 W Lincoln Ave, West Milwaukee, WI 53215414-426-1599

Types of truck driving schools

There are three categories of programs that allow you to achieve a CDL license. All of them have their pros and cons, and it is up to you to decide which option makes the most sense for your financial, employment, and lifestyle situation.

Paid truck driving schools

These are “traditional” schools that offer CDL training – many of which have been in operation for over 50 years. These schools typically provide a wide range of CDL certification options with options for pursuing specific endorsements to your license. Generally, these schools offer the highest quality training and with great equipment provided.

These are also generally the most expensive upfront option. You are not required to pay the full cost of tuition on day 1, as most schools will allow you to create a payment plan to cover the balance over time. You may also be able to offset the total cost with scholarships or grants offered by the state of Wisconsin or at a federal level.

Employer sponsored training

Many large trucking companies provide CDL training and certification for their new employees. During the first few weeks, you are quickly trained to operate their tractor trailers and start earning money shortly after working for the trucking company. The training is often advertised as being “free”, because there is no upfront cost to receive training.

However it is important to understand that the tradeoff is that you will likely need to sign up for an employment contract in which you agree to work for the trucking company for a set period of time and/or with specific wages or working conditions. Quite often, you’ll be making a lower wage for a set period of time compared to your coworkers. If you terminate employment, you may be on the hook for paying for the cost of training provided for you.

Every company is different, so you’ll need to carefully read the fine print before signing any documents. This option may also not sound as appealing if you are able to find grants or scholarships that can be used towards paid schooling options, which can significantly reduce the total cost of training. These scholarships and grants cannot be applied towards these types of programs. If you wish to achieve a certain endorsement to your license, like the ability to haul hazardous material (which pays more), you may not be able to obtain that through the trucking company.

Community colleges and technical institutes

While scholarships can often be used towards paid truck driving schools, more can be applied towards a community college. This often results in community colleges offering a nice balance between low cost training and flexibility in your certification needs. Community colleges may also be one of the best options for people who live in rural areas.

Each college is different, but the quality of training will often vary from college to college. Many offer a limited number of classes at a fixed schedule, or only provide classes at certain times of the year. These classes may not be suitable for your current work schedule or lifestyle, so it is best to check to see what upcoming classes are available and try to get a sense of how quickly classes fill up in advance.