Yes, drivers can pay out-of-pocket for any of XPO's partner schools, or any other school, and be free of the contract.
Students will sign a 12 month contract in exchange for full paid tuition.
If the student terminates employment, they will be obligated to pay a prorated amount of tuition not to exceed $4000. (ie: 6 months of service would equal $2000).
The one-year obligation and the ability to pay out-of-pocket is pretty standard, but the cost of $4,000 is on the low side for CDL school.
Keep in mind that leaving the contract early, which we always advise against, will leave you on the hook for a prorated portion of the tuition, up to $4,000.
CDL training is a 160 hour, fully accredited course through a community college or a truck driving school located near Joplin, MO. School will include classroom, range maneuvers and road driving.
School will be 4 to 5 weeks long depending on student progress and available test dates. Most drivers test within their 4th week.
Range time will vary based on progress and student need.
Typically, there are 3 to 5 students per truck. Class size varies each week not to exceed 10 per school.
The majority of classroom activity occurs within the first week. The course is an applied learning program.
The student training period is a minimum of 7500 miles. Typically, this is 3 to 4 weeks on the road with and experienced driver finisher.
Students make 26 cpm during their training period. Miles per week will vary, but most average $600-650 gross per week.
Truck is dispatched in solo miles. Student will drive all miles while training. Driver finisher will sit in the passenger seat acting as coach.
Training is one on one.
No. While training, one driver will sleep on the lower bunk and one will sleep on the upper bunk. Both drivers will sleep at the same time.
Disputes between the finisher and the student are handled on a case by case basis.
Students are given the option of smoking or non-smoking finishers.
Driver finishers must have a minimum of 1 year driving experience, have 1 year of service with the company, maintain a clean safety record, and complete a driver finisher class.
CDL school and on-the-road training length is pretty typical of company-sponsored programs, as is the training pay. XPO does not operate an actual school, but contracts with schools in the Joplin, MO area.
Finishing trainers are required to have at least a year of experience, and a year with XPO, in order to train students, which is more than many of the other programs require.
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