CDL Instructor - How to Become a CDL Instructor

How to Become CDL Instructor

by Martin

There are times when just having your CDL isn’t enough and you might be looking for a career where you can use your CDL and pass on the information you have gained about the job you love. This is where becoming a CDL instructor might be something you can look into.

Becoming a CDL instructor allows you to take all the knowledge you have gained over the years and pass it on to others that are looking to get into the career that you have loved being a part of for so long. Nothing is better than teaching others how to do something you enjoy doing yourself.

How to Become a CDL Instructor

How to Become a CDL Instructor

The first thing you are going to need to become a CDL instructor is a CDL. It is rather difficult to teach someone about something if you have never actually done it yourself. You need to have the experience of being in the truck in order to teach someone what it’s like and what they should expect.

Most trucking schools will require at least 3 years of experience on the road before hiring anyone to be an instructor. This means you are going to need to have the experience before you can teach students and the more you have the better your chances of becoming an instructor.

Experience isn’t the only thing you need. In fact, most schools are only looking for instructors that have near perfect driving records. If your years of experience come with moving and non-moving violations attached, then there is a good chance that you won’t be hired as an instructor with anyone. You are also going to need great verbal skills and the ability to break things down in a simple way so that people who have never heard the lingo are going to understand it fully.

You will also need to be up to date on all of the regulations that are in affect currently so that you can teach your students the proper aspects of being a truck driver. Once you have all of this down you just need to put your résumé into as many trucking schools as you can find in your area or ones that you are willing to move closer to if you get hired by them.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Barry Wells July 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hi Martin, after all your comments I thought I should get over here ;)

Over here in the UK its law that the drivers must have 3 years experience before teaching anyone to drive and that’s cars. Not sure about trucks.
I couldn’t teach people to drive, I’d lose my patients I think. Especially when they start grinding my gears together :(
I once tried teaching my wife to drive when we first started going out, never again I can tell you. She was screaming about other cars being on the road and didn’t realise they were parked :lol: that’s true Martin.

Best of luck mate,

Martin July 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi Barry,

I know what you mean, you need a lot of patience to teach someone to drive a car, a truck is a bit more difficult :)

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Astro Gremlin May 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Martin, I would think that driving schools would be more interested in one’s ability to train others, over one’s driving record (not that a good record is irrelevant). Ultimately, knowing how to drive and knowing how to teach are two very different skill sets. But for the right person, could be a new (and exciting) career.

Martin May 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Absolutely Astro Gremlin, teaching others is a different skill, well said:)

Thanks for stopping by

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