No, there is no option offered to pay up front.
CDL school and training are free as long as a one-year contract is fulfilled. Leaving Jim Palmer before satisfying the contract will leave students responsible for the entire amount of $3,500.
Jim Palmer's obligations are typical of many programs. It is not paid back over time, but forgiven all at once after a year of driving.
Note that not fulfilling the one-year contract will make you responsible for the full training amount. As always, we recommend you stay with your first company for at least 1 year, anyways.
Arrive on a Monday Morning for drug screens/physicals and prepare with in-house instructors to take the CDL Permit test.
Once a CDL permit is held, you will begin hands on practice in the truck with Jim Palmer trainers before joining an OTR professional instructor for a duration of 75 hours minimum.
Once the apprentice has become a CDL holder, they will complete 40,000 miles over the road with a professional driver/trainer before going solo in their own truck.
The entire process from beginning to going solo will take 2-3 months average.
The student and driver/trainer will both be asked for weekly evaluations in multiple categories to ensure there is a sufficient hands-on training in backing and other subjects.
Usually the maximum number of students per truck is 1-2
Jim Palmer's program is designed around hands on training in the truck. The initial 3 days will be spent in the classroom while the rest of the program will take place in the truck itself.
You will spend very little time in a classroom during CDL training, compared to many other programs. Most of the program will be in-truck activities to prepare you for driving solo.
As Jim Palmer is a smaller organization, you will have the advantage of small class sizes, and fewer students per truck in training.
The training program is based on safe completion of verifiable miles. (40,000 miles with trainer)
Once you are a CDL holder, you will make .12cpm for all miles dispatched or $600/week prorated when you get in the truck (whichever is greater) for the first 10,000 miles. Once the first 10,000 miles are completed, you will be paid .14cpm for all miles dispatched or $700/week prorated when you get in the truck (whichever is greater) for the remaining 20,000 miles.
Initially, before a student has a CDL, the trainer acts as an instructor while the student drives. Once the student has a CDL there is an evaluation period of 2,500-3,000mi where the trainer ensures that the student is adequately trained & experienced to perform as a team.
No, one student per trainer & truck.
Yes, nobody is allowed to sleep in the top bunk while the truck is in motion.
Disputes are handled on a case by case basis by management, and Jim Palmer abides by federal guidelines regarding a hostile work environment.
Yes, a non-smoking trainer may be requested.
Trainers are selected according to tractor trailer history, clean safe driving records and ability to effectively pass a trainer driver course.
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