CRST Expedited Trucking School and training program Cedar Rapids, IA. A (re) training diary by millionmiler24

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Hello Trucking Truth. This will be my first entry about my (re) training to get my Class A CDL at CRST Expedited Trucking School in Cedar Rapids, IA.

June 9th, 2017:

As of this morning, I got the e-mail saying everything is official to start with CRSTs trucking school on Monday June 12th. I leave out of the Downtown Davenport, IA bus terminal on a Burlington Trailways (A subsidiary bus company of Greyhound) bus at 10:30AM CDT on Sunday June 11th 2017 to restart my journey. IF I can, I will try to update you all DAILY on what goes on to get me there and while I am there and throughout my training and first year with CRST Expedited Trucking.

Onto how their program works so far:

When you apply on the website (at least for me) about 2 minutes after you click submit on the application, a recruiter will contact you to go over your application. While over the phone, they (CRST) will run a MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) and a DAC (Drive A Chek) report on you. It takes about 3-5 min to run the reports. If you elect to, the recruiter will e-mail you a copy of the reports. That will take about 24 hrs for the recruiter and safety to FULLY review.

Then IF everything is good to go, you will receive 3 e-mails: One will be a congratulatory e-mail which will also have your bus ticket info in that. Here is that e-mail with the bus info OMITTED:

Welcome to CRST,

Congratulations on your first steps towards an amazing career! The attached link will provide valuable information regarding the training process. Please review and contact your recruiter with any questions.

CRST Expedited Trucking School, Cedar Rapids, IA

I have converted the link in that above e-mail to a Trucking Truth style link. Brett, I sure love how this site works.

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Next will be an informative e-mail about the outline of the program and how it works with your payscale. This is the info in that e-mail with my personal info and recruiters name OMITTED:

Here at CRST we have a company sponsored training program in which we cover the cost of tuition, put you through school, get you your class A CDL license and in exchange would ask that you sign an 10 month contract to come drive for us. The driving position we are hiring for is an over-the-road team position. This means you would be out driving for 3-4 weeks at a time and home for 3-4 days, driving coast to coast covering all of the lower 48 states and driving strictly in teams (which means that you would always have a co-driver with you).

The following outlines the quickest and cheapest option to get you your class A CDL:

3.5 weeks of school 3 day orientation 28 days with your lead driver 2 weeks with co-driver 5 day home time

After your first home time you would start your normal schedule (3-4 weeks out, 3-4 days at home.) Your pay during your 10 month contract would be as follows: PAY SCALE 1st 28 days with lead driver:$25 cents/mile Month 2: $25 cents/mile: $500 - $750/week Months 3-5: $26 cents/mile: $520 - 780/week Months 6-12: $33 cents/mile: $660 - $990/week Months 12-17: $38 cents/mile:$760 - $1,140/week

CRST is pre-paying for your transportation to training, lodging while in school, drug screen, DOT physical, and your licensing fees.

The 3rd e-mail contains ways to study for your CDL permit. The info is as follows:

Ways to study.......!!!!!

1. CDL Prep App 2. Websites - www.truckercountry.com www.cristcdl.com www.truckingtruth.com

3. CDL Manual -

4.

5. Pre Trip Inspection guidelines_ YOU WILL NOT NEED TO STUDY THIS TO GET YOUR PERMIT, BUT IT IS SOMETHING YOU WILL HAVE TO MEMORIZE WORD FOR WORD - ITS NEVER TOO EARLY TO BEGIN

Notice how they mention truckingtruth.com? Anyway, I hope this is giving you an idea of what to expect right after applying.

Anyway, this is EXACTLY how the e-mails appear in my gmail.

Now I must go study!

High Road Training Program, here I come. LOL.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Motor Vehicle Record:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Good Luck in your journey. When you think you are hearing crickets, we are just absorbing the info you have put out. We will be reading. LoL.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Good Luck in your journey. When you think you are hearing crickets, we are just absorbing the info you have put out. We will be reading. LoL.

Its cool. I just hope I can be informative enough for yall.

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Traffic Jam's Comment
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Hey Millonaire,

Way to go. What they offered you sounds Par for the course with a few variatikns. When you are starting like this with a training company I have learned here on TT that usually they are all about the same. I am with a different company, just finished training and am going to Company Orientation this June 14, 2017. Then for 200 hours with a mentor on the road. If I make it thru all that then solo. Drive for the company for about one year and training is paid for.

Hope you write a lot and I'll be following.

-Traffic Jam

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

millionmiler24's Comment
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Hey Millonaire,

Way to go. What they offered you sounds Par for the course with a few variatikns. When you are starting like this with a training company I have learned here on TT that usually they are all about the same. I am with a different company, just finished training and am going to Company Orientation this June 14, 2017. Then for 200 hours with a mentor on the road. If I make it thru all that then solo. Drive for the company for about one year and training is paid for.

Hope you write a lot and I'll be following.

-Traffic Jam

Thanks so much for the support. I sure am hoping and praying that this works. I am on the bus to Cedar Rapids now. I should arrive at CRST about 12:30PM CDT today.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

millionmiler24's Comment
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Ok. I have arrived safely in Cedar Rapids. I am checked into CRSTs training school and now my first class is at 02:30PM CDT today. I am ready to get this show on the road.

Traffic Jam's Comment
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YeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHAW!

Cornelius A.'s Comment
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go earn your bananas tiger

Ok. I have arrived safely in Cedar Rapids. I am checked into CRSTs training school and now my first class is at 02:30PM CDT today. I am ready to get this show on the road.

James H.'s Comment
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Ok. I have arrived safely in Cedar Rapids. I am checked into CRSTs training school and now my first class is at 02:30PM CDT today. I am ready to get this show on the road.

LOL I was gonna be in that class.. But I opted for truck driving school down in Miami. Flying down this week to goto school, but probably going with Schneider bulk good division.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Ok. Time to post updates. Sorry for being so far behind. I have been really busy.

06/11/2017:

I arrived safely at the CRST Training Center building around 13:00. We have a small "class" at 14:30. As soon as I arrive, I get with the front desk and check in. They give me a room assignment. The rooms have 3 beds, however in my room, I only have one roommate (lucky me). Anyway, the room is 3 beds, 2 nightstands and 1 window and 1 AC unit. There is no in room bathroom or shower. They have a big bathroom with showers on the 2nd and 1st floors. After the "class", I just hung out in the drivers area and used the wifi to study on the High Road Training Program. The "class" was just getting your change of domicile forms for your Iowa CLP and going over the rules and expectations for the school. It was a tiresome, but great day. They had dinner there because it was Sunday. They only have WiFi in the drivers lounge/commons area (hence why I am so late with updates). No internet in the rooms unless you have unlimited data on your phone.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

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