If you wish the pay for the entire tuition cost upfront, the total amount due is $5995.00. You will not be required to sign an employment contract.
While you are employed with the carrier, you have no obligation to make any payments on the tuition balance, and no interest will accrue. After the end of the 1-year commitment, you will receive a rebate of $5995.00, reducing the tuition for which you are responsible for to $0.00.
In the event that you don’t go to work for the carrier or otherwise fail to complete twelve (12) consecutive months of employment with the carrier for any reason; you will owe the remaining balance of $5995.00. The unpaid balance at this time is due within 30 days and then interest will begin to accrue. If you cannot pay the full $5995.00 immediately, then Driver Solutions will work out an acceptable monthly payment arrangement with you to repay your tuition.
The only upfront costs are licensing fees and food money while at training. Licensing fees vary from state to state and will be discussed prior to training.
No, students are responsible for their own basic living expenses including food. Most students typically budget around $200 for food money, but it varies on diet/preferences.
Yes, lodging is included in your tuition.
Yes, you can.
As long as you drive with PAM Transport for 1 year or longer, you are not obligated to pay back any of the tuition costs. If you haven't paid up front, and leave before the year is up, you will be responsible for repaying the tuition of $5,995.
Also note there is a very high penalty for not completing your contractual obligations. We always recommend you stay with your first trucking job for a minimum of 1 year, but in this case it’s especially important.
CDL training begins in the classroom during the first week as drivers receive instructions on topics such as: cdl knowledge and permit testing, keeping accurate log books, map reading and trucker atlas trip planning and routing.
Weeks 2 and 3 are spent perfecting driving range exercises and getting some on the road experience behind the wheel. Skills covered during this portion include: right & left turns, shifting techniques, straight line backing, offset backing, parallel parking, other backing exercises
The rest of the time is spent preparing on the street for the final CDL skills test.
Typically, CDL training lasts 3-4 weeks.
This varies from student to student. Average time during each session is 45 minutes to an hour until the student is comfortable.
This depends upon which location the student is going to for training and the number of students in class at a time. Usually the maximum number of students per truck is 4.
The majority of the first week of CDL training is spent in the classroom. All state minimum requirements are generally exceeded, but typically classroom time is at least 40hrs long.
Since Driver Solutions works with several different CDL schools, it’s difficult to give an exact itinerary for the program. However, the only schools Driver Solutions works with have been pre-approved by PAM.
In general, all state minimum requirements will be met or exceeded and the schools have a good track record of success.
It is a combination of days and performance. Typically, this averages around 17 days.
During the OTR training phase, student drivers are paid $300/week.
Initially, the truck is dispatched as a solo operation. Once your assigned trainer feels you’re safe enough to drive alone, the truck will be dispatched as a team operation.
No, each training truck only has 1 student.
Every driver will be assigned a Driver Manager and he/she will help handle any disputes; which may include assigning the student driver to another Mentor.
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