Even though a passport is not required, we highly recommend obtaining one. The ability to haul freight into Canada will give you more options to make more money and run more miles. Crossing into Canada has become very streamlined and is not a complicated process like it used to be.
It's also important to obtain as many CDL endorsements as possible, especially a HazMat endorsement. You should always keep yourself as marketable as possible for future opportunities and having endorsements will only help you with those opportunities.
As always, bring as much paperwork with you as possible including any medical records or forms which could prove past employment and help with the background investigations. Finally, be certain that your birth certificate and social security card are originals (no copy's) and are not laminated.
Several different cost structures exist depending on whether you put down deposit or not and the amount of your deposit. If you do not plan on having funds for a deposit, the following structure exists:
After attending school, you will be required to remain with the company for one year. During that year you will pay $45 per week through payroll deduction to help pay for the schooling which equates to $2,340.
However, at the end of one year you will be reimbursed $1,245, so the total cost for your schooling will be $1,095.
You will not begin paying the $45 per week until your time with your trainer is complete and you are in your own truck running solo.
If you quit working for the company before your 12 month obligation is complete, you will be required to pay for the portion of the schooling that remains. The total cost of the schooling is $6000, so whatever is left after deducting the amount you've paid in at that point is yours to pay.
The only basic up-front expenses are a $50-$100 fee for getting your CDL permit - sometimes less - depending on which state you attend school in. The cost of transportation to the school and lodging are covered.
No, students will need enough money for basic living expenses including meals while at school.
Yes, lodging is paid for, but you may share a room with 1 or more students.
Yes, there are options to pay up front with no contractual obligations and a higher starting mileage pay. The up front cost of training varies based upon your location and the specific CDL school you will be attending within the Driver Solutions network, so you will need to speak with a recruiter to obtain these details.
With no down payment, drivers will pay$45 per week for 1 year (beginning once you go solo). At the end of your 1-year commitment, you will be reimbursed$1,245 for a total cost of $1,095. If you leave before the contract period is over, you will owe the remaining balance of $6,000.
For example - If you leave after 6 months (24 weeks) you will owe the following...
24 weeks x $45 = $1,080 paid into the tuition costs
$6,000 (cost of tuition) - $1,080 (cost already paid in) = $4,920
So after 6 months, you'd have a remaining balance due of $4,920.
There are other options if you choose to provide a down payment, but no down payment is necessary for enrollment. If you would like to inquire on options for a down payment, contact a recruiter because the plans change on a constant basis.
USA Truck uses the Driver Solutions Network of schools for their CDL training program. This is a well established system and the school they send you to is hand selected. The cost structure of the schooling is right on par with the industry average, including the financing, but if you leave before the 12 month contractual obligation there is a very hefty penalty.
If you'd like to shorten the term of the contract period or eliminate the contract period all together, there are several different voluntary deposits you can make.
The first week is mostly spent in the classroom, and the next two weeks will divide your time between classroom, maneuvering the truck in the yard, and on the road training.
Classroom training will cover systems and components of a truck, rules, regulations, trip planning, and other important details that all truck drivers must know to be a safe driver.
maneuvers such as turning, backing, and gear shifting while on the road training will prepare you for rural roads, highways, expressways, and city streets in both congested and non-congested areas.
Classes are generally 3 to 4 weeks long, but may last up to 6 weeks depending on the school you are sent to.
Behind the wheel time is divided between both the range as well as driving on public roadways. All state minimum requirements are exceeded.
Usually the maximum number of students per truck is 4.
All state minimum requirements are generally exceeded, but typically classroom time is at least 40hrs long.
USA Truck has partnered with a company called Driver Solutions which handles the CDL training and schooling. Driver Solutions is a well known company that works with various trucking schools across the country.
So the truck driving school you attend will not actually be owned by USA Truck, rather, it will be with a private trucking school that Driver Solutions matches you up with. Therefore, it's hard to give an exact itinerary for the school you'll be attending as you may attend one of a number of places.
But in general, all state minimum requirements will be met or exceeded and as long as you successfully complete the course, you'll be hired by USA truck immediately after you obtain your CDL.
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