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CRST Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Get Your CDL Training At CRST Driver Academy

Preparing For CRST Training

Do I need to get my CDL permit before attending school?

No, you are not required to get your permit before attending school.

Do I need a US Passport?

No, but a birth certificate is required to obtain a CDL out of state.

Which CDL endorsements are required or encouraged?

A HazMat endorsement is encouraged, but not required.

Items To Bring To CRST Training

What important items will I need with me?
  • Valid United Sates Driver's License (If your license has a vision restriction you must bring your glasses and prescription sunglasses (if you have them)
  • Valid Social Security Card (Must be original, can't be worn or illegible)
  • Acceptable immigration documentation, if you are not a US citizen.
  • Any employment documentation required to complete the CRST Expedited driver application (unemployment records, tax forms for self-employment, notarized letters, etc. These documents are very helpful for the Referencing Department during the hiring process.)
  • Voided Check for transfer to your bank account
  • Original copy of Birth Certificate or Passport

Other Items To Bring To CRST Training

  • Money for meals (breakfast & lunch are provided free M-F), and other miscellaneous. All licensing fees are paid by CRST.
  • 7 days of clothes (jeans, sweats, short and long sleeve shirts, coat, winter clothing if necessary)
  • Toiletries (towels, wash cloths, toothbrush, tooth paste, shaving materials, soap, deodorant, etc.)
  • Hat, sunglasses, and work gloves
  • Battery Powered Alarm Clock
  • Work Boots/Treaded Hiking shoes. NO cowboy boots, NO smooth-bottom shoes!
  • Bedding for the Truck (sleeping bag or pillows blankets (twin size sheets)
  • Flashlight
  • Notebook, pen, etc
  • Medication if you are currently taking any
  • Bus Confirmation Number (if taking the Greyhound)
  • Motor Carrier Atlas, Truck Stop Guide and Calculator (CRST Expedited does offer this Atlas Package for $28 and is mandatory to have- it can be deducted from your payroll at $7.00 a week for 4 weeks)

What Is The Cost Structure Of CRST CDL Training?

If you need to obtain your Class-A CDL but lack the funds to do so, CRST offers a company sponsored program and no credit checks are required. CRST will pay for the schooling up front and in return, you'll sign a contract stating you'll stay employed with them for a minimum of 10 months. Students who participate in this program will start at a lower pay scale as follows:

  • 1st 28 days with trainer: $0.25 cpm split-pay
  • Month 1-2: $0.25 cpm split-pay
  • Months 3-5: $0.26 cpm split-pay
  • Month 6-11: $0.33 cpm split-pay
  • Students who pre-pay their tuition will start at a higher pay scale than company-sponsored students.

Cost Structure Of CRST CDL Training

Company-sponsored training with CRST

CRST will payroll deduct the cost of transportation to the CDL school unless you provided your own transportation. The DOT Physical / DOT drug and alcohol tests will also be payroll deducted (total cost of both is $100).

Finally, if you required lodging at the CDL school, these costs will also be payroll deducted (generally lodging costs $150 per week). Payroll deductions will never exceed $40 per week for all of these items combined.

What are all of the up-front costs?

There are NO up-front costs to attend CRST company-sponsored training. CRST handles all licensing and permit fees.

Will my meals be paid for?

Breakfast & lunch is provided M-F, no weekend meals or dinner provided, student must bring money with them to cover those meals.

Will my room be paid for?

Lodging is paid for by CRST upfront but is payroll deducted after 6 weeks of employment, at a rate of $40 a week

Paying For CDL Training Up Front

CRST tractor trailer on training pad
Can I pay for my CDL training up front and have no further obligation?

Yes. You may make a prepayment amount of $2,500. This must be paid prior to starting school by way of money order or credit card. In return, you do not have to sign any contract and you will start driving at a higher rate of pay than a contract student.

Under this plan, you do not have to pay the CRST processing fee of $50, for transportation to school, the physical or drug test, or for lodging. You will only need to pay for any CDL permit or licensing fees.

Obligations For Paying Tuition For CRST CDL Training

What are the obligations for paying back the schooling after graduation?

Simply stay employed for 10 months and your obligation will be fulfilled. CRST does not deduct the cost of training from your paychecks. Contract students will start out at a slightly lower pay rate than experienced drivers or prepaid students for their first year.

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