Are you considering opening your own freight brokerage business? If you have experience in the industry that’s great, but what should you do if you’re starting from ground zero?
While no training is legally required for freight brokers, many schools offer excellent programs to get you up to speed on the latest industry trends, technology, and best practices. These can really make the difference between a decent start in the industry and a fantastic start.
Check out some of the best freight broker training schools in the industry:
Previously known as Transport Training of America, Inc., this school has a great reputation and offers unlimited continuing assistance after you’ve finished classes. By providing you with referrals, software discounts, and guaranteed agent placement, Freight Movers School is designed to both help you get started and help you along the way. Courses are available both in-person (in Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX) and online, with prices ranging between $900 – $2,500. In-Classroom students are given the best value by receiving extra materials as graduate bonuses and also having access to their online classes. They also offer a variety of special discounts on their courses.
Brooke offers 5 day freight broker and agent training courses to start your independent transportation broker business in a variety of locations: Ontario, California; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; and Jacksonville, FL. Their courses are offered for a flat rate of $2,495. The course is specially designed to match you with an existing company, so you can work hourly or on commission, but you can also use your newly acquired skills to start your independent freight brokerage.
FBC offers online packages ranging from the $99 basic to the $699 deluxe. On the high end they provide everything from online training to website templates, assistance in filing for licenses, and a 550,000+ transportation directory to help you find shippers and carriers to work with. This makes FBC a great value.
Although they are a relatively new school (the school started in early 2015), the Logistics Academy already has about 1,300 students between their Freight Broker Training ($549), Freight Agent Training, and Basic Logistics Training (Transportation Managers and Dispatchers) courses. If you sign up, you will have continuous access to the academy’s content. Logistics Academy also offers job placement, as they have a network of brokerages willing to take the Freight Agent Students once they complete their training. This school also serves as a resource to Freight Brokerages, as brokerages continuously use the Freight Agent Training to train as many new agents as they want. This school makes it pretty inexpensive and easy to grow a brokerage, as customers are only charged ($499) one time for unlimited training access.
Some colleges and universities also offer freight broker classes. Some examples are at Northern Maine Community College and Houston Community College. These can be great options if you’re already enrolled in the relevant school. Otherwise, don’t forget to look for freight broker training online.
Don’t Forget to Look for Grants
There are grants and financial aid packages available for both universities and specialty schools. This is especially true for veterans, as the FMCSA has been making large grants to fund such training for years. Be sure to check out all of your options to see how affordable your freight brokerage training could be.
If you want more information about the experiences of others, be sure to check out this great forum about freight broker schools.
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