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FFE Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Get Your CDL Training Free At FFE Driver Academy

What Items Should I Bring To FFE's CDL Training Program?

  • 5-7 changes of clothes to include winter work clothing.
  • Bedding for a truck (sleeping bag, blankets, and pillow).
  • Alarm clock, flashlight, sunglasses, plus any glasses you must use when driving.
  • Personal hygiene materials (soap, deodorant, shaving materials, etc.).
  • A couple towels and washcloths.
  • A good pair of work gloves and work boots.
  • Cancelled or voided check for direct transfer of your paycheck, optional.
  • Foreign Born applicants must have correct and proper documentations with a card that does not expire for at least 8 months.

TruckingTruth's View On The Program So Far

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As always, bring any documentation you think may be required including forms to verify employment (pay stubs, tax forms, etc), medical records, and anything else you think may be needed. If you think you may need it, bring it with you. It's better to have too much paperwork than not enough. The essential items include an original and signed Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, and a valid drivers license (you must have originals, copies are not accepted).

The Cost Structure of FFE's Schooling

What is the cost structure of the schooling?

There is zero money down and no tuition costs are ever payroll deducted. Simply stay with the company for one full year and nothing is owed with no further obligation.

What are all of the up-front costs?

Students should come with $100 to $150 cash for CDL permit fees. If students wish drive or fly into DFW Airport (instead of taking a Greyhound bus), they must pay upfront and will be reimbursed up to the price of a bus ticket upon arrival. All other expenses, besides food and basic living expenses, are covered.

More Details About The Cost Structure Of FFE's Schooling

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Will my meals be paid for?

During the CDL training academy, low cost meals are available but are not paid for. After the CDL training academy is complete, 4 days of meals are paid for during company orientation.

Where will I stay during the initial part of the training?

Students stay at the MCM Grande Hotel in DeSoto, TX free of charge during training. Students may be required to share a room with another student.

Note from FFE: Any student caught in the hotel bar will be immediately terminated from the academy and will not be eligible for hire.

FFE CDL Training Academy Payment Policies

Can I pay for my CDL training up front and have no further obligation?

No upfront payments are accepted for the training. If a driver leaves before 12 months of employment, the charge is $3,000.

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

Students are not required to put any money down and nothing is payroll deducted. If the student remains employed at FFE for 12 full months there is no further obligation. If the student leaves before 12 months, the schooling must be paid in full at a cost of $3,000.

TruckingTruth's View On The Cost Structure Of The CDL Training

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This is truly a free CDL training program. There is no deposit required and no payroll deductions once hired as a full time driver. Most companies will deduct schooling costs from your payroll, but FFE only requires that you stay for one full year and your contractual obligation is complete. That makes the FFE CDL schooling one of the most straight forward and simplest company sponsored CDL training schools in the country.

If you leave prior to one full year of employment, the charge is a full $3,000 no matter how long you've been with the company. We always recommend staying with your first company a minimum of one full year anyway, but in this case it's extra important.

Official FFE 10 Minute Video About Life At Their Academy

Overall Schedule Of The Entire CDL Training Program

  • Classes begin the day after arrival (usually on Monday with classes starting on Tuesday) and last for approximately 18 days. The first week is spent studying for CDL driving permits and passing written exams.
  • The remainder of the eighteen days students spend on the training pad and learning to drive on local streets in preparation for their official CDL testing. Once the CDL testing is complete and you've earned your CDL, students go through a four day company orientation and are officially hired as FFE employees in the OTR division. They will then go on the road with a trainer.
  • The 'on the road' portion of training is paid training and lasts about 6 weeks. You will be teamed up with a trainer during this time. Once this phase of training is complete, students will take a series of post-training tests. Then students are sent home for 5 to 6 days of home time before getting their truck assigned to them and going solo. FFE pays for your transportation home (mode of transportation is handled on a case-by-case basis).
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