The Best Truck Driving Schools In California

California is home to a host of licensed truck driving schools.

Persons seeking professional truck driving schools in California have dozens of options from which to choose. In May 2010, the state’s Employment Development Department listed 95 training facilities for commercial vehicle operation. Truck operation, bus driving and other commercial vehicle operations are just some of the things students can learn about in preparation for state CDL (commercial drivers license) licensing and certification. Prospective students should always check for a school’s state licensing and closely inspect its application process, facilities and any associated contract before applying.

GSF Truck Training School

GSF Truck Training is accredited by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, licensed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and is also a member of the Better Business Bureau. GSF offers training for those seeking a California CDL. The school’s programs prepare successful applicants for their California CDL certification and testing. GSF offers Class A training (to operate any combination of vehicles weighing 26,001 pounds or more, including tractors and trailers) and Class B training (to operate a single vehicle weighing 26,001 pounds or more, including straight trucks). The school also offers professional pick-up and delivery van driver training (developed specifically for those seeking employment with FedEx), auto operation and traffic school.

GSF Truck Training School

1310 N. La Brea Avenue, Suite A

Inglewood, CA 90302


American Truck School – Antioch

American Truck School offers training for persons seeking a Class A CDL, a Class B CDL, refresher courses, commercial fleet training programs or defensive driving seminars. Training features include vehicle inspection, skilled backing maneuvers and coupling/uncoupling. The school’s website espouses that, “The skills taught will enhance the graduate’s ability to establish a career as a professional truck driver.”

American Truck School – Antioch

4071 San Pablo Dam Road, #231

El Sobrante, CA 94803


Professional Driving Training Schools Inc.

At Professional Driving Training Schools Inc. successful applicants can take a 160-hour course that consists of four parts. The classroom portion is 24 hours. The job-training program is 60 hours. The 46-hour lab study program covers mechanical items, such as backing, driving, air brakes and preventive maintenance. In the 30-hour independent study portion of the course, students can peruse information about CDL Class A driving in general. Professional Driving Training Schools Inc. also has job-placement services available to its students and graduates.

Professional Driver Training Schools Inc.

1661 Pacific Avenue, #19

Oxnard, CA 93033


Western Pacific Truck School

Western Pacific Truck School is accredited by the Commercial Training Vehicle Association and is also listed on its website as an accredited business by the Better Business Bureau. It offers both Class A and Class B training. Training includes open road driving on city streets and highways and in heavy traffic. The curriculum also includes defensive driving, backing, safety and emergency procedures. Western Pacific Truck School also offers a Forklift Certification Course.

Western Pacific Truck School

8720 Fruitridge Road

Sacramento, CA 95826