The first two weeks are spent at the training facility approximately 10hr days, 6 days per week (accelerated course). This includes a mix of classroom, pre-trip, local driving, and backing practice. After approximately 2 weeks, the CDL exam is administered.
CDL schooling lasts approximately 2 weeks but can be extended to 3 weeks for those who need further individual attention.
While there is no set amount of time spent on the backing range, students will spend time on various maneuvers depending on their individual strengths and weaknesses.
No more than 4 students per truck and trainer.
Approximately 40hrs, possibly more depending on the student.
Our overall impression is that this is a very fast paced CDL training program. Depending on you as an individual, this could be either a good thing or something that should persuade you from the program. If you learn well in a fast paced environment and are interested in making money as quickly as possible, this is a great option. But if you're someone who generally learns well at a slower pace, this program may not be for you.
All students must drive with a company trainer for a minimum of 35 days and 19,000 miles (combined miles between student and trainer).
Training pay is $450 per week the first two weeks and $500 for each remaining week.
Students and trainers initially drive as a solo dispatched truck. When the trainer decides the student is safe enough to drive alone, the truck is then dispatched as a team operation.
No, company training is one-on-one instruction.
While the truck is in motion, no student or trainer may sleep on the top bunk.
Any disputes are handled on a case-by-case basis.
You need a minimum of 6 months safe driving experience to be a trainer
Yes, a smoking or non-smoking trainer may be requested.
The company paid training program sounds above average. We believe the program strikes a good balance as it's not too short yet not unnecessarily long, either. The compensation package while in training is above the average training pay for most companies. Overall, this seems like an excellent company training program.
First year average is $35,000 to $40,000.
Upon going solo, drivers start at $.28cpm. At 6 months drivers receive a 1 cpm increase, another 1 cpm increase a year after that and 1/2 cent increases each year thereafter. Various bonuses are also offered (see below).
Medical/Dental/Vision is available to all full-time employees of Central Refrigerated Service, Inc. and their eligible dependents beginning 90 days after the start of company training (CDL schooling does not count toward the 90 day wait period).
After five (5) years of continuous, full-time employment, the Company pays 1/4 of the health insurance premiums. After ten (10) years of continuous, full-time employment, the Company pays 1/2 of the health insurance premiums.
Drivers earn 7 days off after 1 year and 14 days off after 5 years. Pay is based on their average weekly pay from the previous year.
Yes, you may elect to begin making salary reduction contributions to the plan after you have completed 90 days of service with Central Refrigerated.
Overall, the pay and benefits are about average and comparable to most other trucking companies in the refrigerated sector. Vacation time, bonus incentives, and cost of benefits are also right on par with the industry average.