No, you are not required to get your permit before attending school.
No, but a birth certificate is required to obtain a CDL out of state.
A HazMat endorsement is encouraged, but not required.
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:
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.
There are NO up-front costs to attend CRST company-sponsored training. CRST handles all licensing and permit fees.
Breakfast & lunch is provided M-F, no weekend meals or dinner provided, student must bring money with them to cover those meals.
Lodging is paid for by CRST upfront but is payroll deducted after 6 weeks of employment, at a rate of $40 a week
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.
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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