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41

years

in Business

Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Phone: (510) 783-6361

Fax Number: (510) 783-6361

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Neighborhood:
Glen Eden
Categories:
Truck Driving Schools, Driving Instruction

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Edited: 11/08/2016
Overall
Bad, bad, bad school!!!

It is a very disorganized school you can possibly find anywhere. The instructors have no clue as to what will be taught today or tomorrow and when. They hand to you a very poorly written instruction of the pre-trip and in-cab inspections and let you practice them with other students who have been one or more days in the training. If you're lucky, an instructor will go over the entire inspection with you once.

The way they run this school is as follow. Every Monday they will start new group of students. So there will be at least a couple of new students every week added to the previous group of students, who most of times are your immediate instructors. Both the owner and his son are terrible, terrible instructors!!! The son, Paul, is much worst. He would yell and scream when he instructs you. He can't even schedule the time for you to take your test at the DMV right, and I'm NOT kidding!

When you need to use a truck to practice on, for example, the brake inspection, the owner doesn't want to see you rev up the engine when you build up the air pressure because that will consume more gas. So, you have to stay within a certain range of RPM while you're doing that. There is no practice hour assigned to any individual student in any day. You have to be aggressive in getting your turn to drive the truck during the practice session, which is about 4 hours a day divided among all students And the training facility has a space that is good only for 2 trucks to practice at a time. They accept more students than they should. The bottom line is: the training you receive from the school doesn't justify the costs. YOU ARE NOT EVEN QUALIFIED FOR ANY OF THE OVER-THE-ROAD TRUCK DRIVER JOB AFTER YOU GRADUATE. You will most likely need at least two to seven weeks of additional training with the company that you'll work for before you're allowed to drive any of those big rigs.

Anyway, the only good part of this school is that it has one very, very good bilingual instructor named Richard. But he mostly trains students how to drive the truck and rarely on the skills -- i.e. back up, alley dock or parallel packing.

Edited: 11/08/2016
Overall
CDL A

I don't about anyone else about their experience with school.. I had a great time attending and got plenty of drive time . The teachers Richard , Bladimir are excellent , I learned a lot with these 2 guys . I am very appreciative and thankful for having them both teach me. As far as the tuition for class it depends on your experience and learning ability! I paid $2,500 for my class and it was well spent ! I was in school for 5 weeks and got what I needed !! The managers are great to work with and even bought lunch for all the students ( Costco Pizza) which was very generous !! If your looking to get trained for the trucking industry .. This is the place !! Worth the $$ and time!! Great staff and environment !! Learn at your pace and it's all hands on!!

Thanks guys A-1 is Great!!!

Edited: 11/08/2016
Overall

Hello everyone,

I attended a1truck school last year in April of 2013, it's been a year and I'm still trucking. Thanks to a1 I got hired onto JB Hunt and I couldn't be even happier. This school gave me all the tools I needed to be successful in the trucking industry . I choose long haul Because I wanted to see the country. Richard and Bladimir were wonderful on teaching me, they will give you all the knowledge you need and prepare you for the DMV test. I pass the first time thanks to them and the entire a1 trucking staff . If you decide to go to a school go to this school . I went to look at other schools and they were not good and just want your money. Paul the director was very helpful got me recruited with JB Hunt!! I will always be greatful to this school!!! Go A-1111111. Truck School!!!!! Jose. A

Edited: 11/08/2016
Overall

I just got my class A. I feel the school supplied me with everything I needed to pass and gave me every opportunity to practice on the things I needed to. Paul,who runs the school, is there every day checking with the students themselves. what their progress is and where
they feel they might need a little more practice.All you have to do is speak up for yourself,noone is gonna do it for you. and they will listen. the staff is all willing to help you obtain your goals. lets call any trash talk about them like this,"Some people just aren't meant to be drivers"

05/15/2015

Overall

I just got my class a lic. A1 gave me all the training I needed their instructors are great I recommend this school to all

03/29/2014

Overall
find a different school.. not worth your time.

I finished this chool and obtained my cdl. However, if I was to do it all over again I would have paid an extra $1000 to go to a real school. The trucks the use are very old and falling apart. The class time is only for about 3 hours a day even though they tell you its from 10-4.... which is never the case because they tell you to shut down the trucks at 1:30 sometimes... out of the blue! It seems like they do this to save diesel or so the can send home their instructors early so they dont have to pay them. Ive talked to many of the instructors and it seems as if they are treated just as poorly as the students. Alot of them are not paid on time and told to go home even when students need help. Another thing I want tp mention is that they do not charge each student the same price. They bsically size you up when you walk in their office door and see how much they can gett out of you. I talked to other students and our schools fees differed by 1000-2000 dollars. I could rant about this company for days and I alreadu have to family and friends. I hope this steers you away from a big waste of time and a headache. -thank you

02/09/2014

Overall

Bad, bad, bad school!!!

It is a very disorganized school you can possibly find anywhere. The instructors have no clue as to what will be taught today or tomorrow and when. They hand to you a very poorly written instruction of the pre-trip and in-cab inspections and let you practice them with other students who have been one or more days in the training. If you're lucky, an instructor will go over the entire inspection with you once. The way they run this school is as follow. Every Monday they will start new group of students. So there will be at least a couple of new students every week added to the previous group of students, who most of times are your immediate instructors. Both the owner and his son are terrible, terrible instructors!!! The son, Paul, is much worst. He would yell and scream when he instructs you. He can't even schedule the time for you to take your test at the DMV right, and I'm NOT kidding! When you need to use a truck to practice on, for example, the brake inspection, the owner doesn't want to see you rev up the engine when you build up the air pressure because that will consume more gas. So, you have to stay within a certain range of RPM while you're doing that. There is no practice hour assigned to any individual student in any day. You have to be aggressive in getting your turn to drive the truck during the practice session, which is about 4 hours a day divided among all students And the training facility has a space that is good only for 2 trucks to practice at a time. They accept more students than they should. The bottom line is: the training you receive from the school doesn't justify the costs. YOU ARE NOT EVEN QUALIFIED FOR ANY OF THE OVER-THE-ROAD TRUCK DRIVER JOB AFTER YOU GRADUATE. You will most likely need at least two to seven weeks of additional training with the company that you'll work for before you're allowed to drive any of those big rigs. Anyway, the only good part of this school is that it has one very, very good bilingual instructor named Richard. But he mostly trains students how to drive the truck and rarely on the skills -- i.e. back up, alley dock or parallel packing.



After paying 3,355. for the school and credit with the VRAP program, come to find out school is not approved with the VA. Started school 1/8/13 and should have finished in June. Problems kept coming up with DMV testing dates and scheduling. Poorly kept vehicles and no over the road training except 20 minutes round trip consisting of two exits on freeway and city back to parking lot. Standing around the rest of a 4 hour day. Not exactly what I paid this much for. Also, at DMV 6 students would show up, and testers would only take 2 at a time, making the rest stand around or told to come back the next time, 6 weeks later if you were lucky. Richard is the only good instructor, no consistency, no organization at all. Most of training area is rented out to other trucking companies. Advertised as having new equipment which is only to be parked locked up, not available for paying customers. Trucks are in bad condition or not available due to repairs; very worn out equipment is what we were given to train on. Not happy with this school at all.

02/14/2012

Overall
great school

First id like to say that the review before is not true . The school is great i recieved excellent training. The teachers are nice to work with and i learned alot . They have awesome equipment . I got my license and now working at chevron refinery !! Thank you A-1 Paul and Mo great managers and richard .Steve , Blad ...great...

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