CRST (originally Cedar Rapids Steel Transport) is based out of Cedar Rapids, IA and began with a 50 mile freight radius in 1955. Now, the company boasts a 1,500 mile average length of haul with more than 1,100 company-owned tractors, 2,500 van trailers, 2,000 team drivers, 350 solo drivers, and more than 250 independent contractors.
Since the vast majority of the fleet consists of team truck operations, they are considered an expedited freight carrier with the ability to transport cargo across the country quicker than most other carriers.
In addition, CRST is responsible for training thousands of drivers each year through their CDL sponsorship and training programs.
CRST hires nationwide, but may include or exclude certain states and areas based upon demand.
CRST does not own any of their own driving schools, rather, they contract out to 30 different CDL schools across the country. Upon signing up for their company sponsored CDL program, they will find the nearest CDL school in their network for you to attend.
You have a choice of either attending a company-sponsored school training program and signing an 8-month contract, or simply choose to prepay the tuition with no contract to sign and a higher starting pay.
The hiring requirements and qualifications are about normal for most trucking companies. However, CRST mostly hauls team based freight making it a very unique trucking company. The entire OTR division is team operated, so expect to drive with another individual for at least the first year, probably longer. Only about 12% of their drivers run solo trucks. If you'd like to drive a solo truck, this may not be the company for you and you must transfer into a dedicated position which only requires a single driver. But if you like the advantages of driving a team truck, CRST may be a good choice.
Also note that CRST does not operate their own CDL schools, rather, they contract out to private schools and pay your tuition for you.