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FFE Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Get Your CDL Training Free At FFE Driver Academy

Phase I Training Schedule At The Academy

How Long Does Training At The Academy Last?

Training at the academy is about 18 days

How much time do you spend on the backing range?

There is no set number of hours, but a minimum of 9 to 10 days are spent practicing for the driving exams including local road driving, backing, and maneuvers on the practice pad. The amount time spent in each area depends on the individual trainee's strengths and weaknesses.

How much time is spent in the classroom?

Classroom training lasts for one week and is a minimum of 40hrs of instruction.

On the backing range, how many students share one truck?

All training trucks are specially equipped for training purposes. The trucks are outfitted with a drivers seat, front passenger seat (for the instructor), and three air ride passenger seats in the bunk area allowing 4 students to share a single truck with 1 instructor. The ratio will never be more than 4 students to 1 truck and is often less, but FFE feels observing other students is an important aspect of the learning process.

TruckingTruth's View On The Program

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Overall, this appears to be a fantastic CDL training program. The 18 day course is a bit more accelerated than most truck driving schools, but shouldn't be too overbearing. Having 4 students to 1 truck is common and acceptable in the industry. Observation time can be just as beneficial as performing the maneuvers yourself. This seems like a very good option for those needing to acquire a CDL-A drivers license.

FFE Training Academy Video - Using Convex Mirrors

Phase II Training Schedule - Out On The Road With A Trainer

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Is the training period based on number of days, number of driving hours, number of miles, or some combination?

Company training lasts approximately 6 weeks. Students then take a series of tests including a road test, basic knowledge test, DOT drug screen, and physical. Students will then receive 5 to 6 days of home time and are issued a truck upon their return (transportation for home time is provided by FFE - Mode of transportation is handled on a case-by-case basis).

Do they run your trainer and you as a "team" operations or like a solo truck?

The truck is run as a solo operation until the trainer feels confident in the trainees driving abilities, at which point the truck is dispatched as a team truck.

FFE Phase II Training - Out On The Road With A Trainer

How much will I be making when I'm on the road with a trainer?

The guaranteed weekly pay is $455 per week. They also offer an optional $75 per week advance if a driver needs extra cash during the training phase, but this $75 will need to be repaid. The cash advance is 100% optional. If you don't use it, you owe nothing.

Is there more than one student per trainer and truck?

During company training (after CDL instruction), the truck is one trainer to one student.

Do you have a "No sleeping in the top bunk while the truck is rolling" policy?

FFE has a strict policy against students sleeping on the top bunk while the truck is in operation.

FFE Phase II Training - Out On The Road With A Trainer

What is your policy for handling disputes between trainer and student?

FFE understands that not all trainers and students personalities will be a good match. Students will check in a minimum of once per week via phone call. Any issues can be discussed during these calls and if a new trainer is needed one will be provided. Students are issued a number to reach someone 24hrs per day, 7 days per week.

Can you get a non-smoking trainer?

Yes, a smoking or non-smoking trainer can be requested.What are the company's minimum qualifications to be a trainer?

What are the company's minimum qualifications to be a trainer?

Minimum time employed with FFE 6 months and a good safety record. Most trainers have at least 1yr+ driving experience.

FFE Training Academy Video - Students Drive For The First Time

TruckingTruth's View On The Phase Two Training - On The Road

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Company paid training at FFE seems to be an excellent program. A 6-week training period is just long enough to get the full use of your time in training. Anything more than that is probably unnecessary, so the 6 week program is a great duration.

The $455 weekly pay during training is slightly above average for most training companies, but remember that your career will last for many years (hopefully), so it shouldn't be a deciding factor into your decision to join or not join FFE. This program certainly seems to be a good one.

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