Central Refrigerated Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Get Your CDL Training With Very Little Money Up Front

Overview of Central Refrigerated:

Central Refrigerated Main Terminal Company Headquarters

Central Refrigerated is based out of Salt Lake City, UT and has grown into one of the largest trucking operations within the United States. In addition to the Salt Lake City, UT headquarters, they have terminal locations in Conley, Georgia, Denver, Colorado, and Fontana, California with various drop yards across the country.

They specialize in refrigerated freight with 95% of their cargo involving perishable food items. The fleet consists of more than 1,800 power units and 2,700 refrigeration equipped trailers operating in all 48 continental United States.

A full CDL training facility is also located at the Salt Lake City, UT headquarters. The company provides full truck driver training for those interested in starting a career as a truck driver.

Central Refrigerated's Minimum Hiring Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must possess and show a signed original Social Security Card
  • Must provide three years of employment with phone numbers including area codes and addresses
  • Must pass a DOT physical and drug test, provided by Central Refrigerated
  • Must pass a wellness test consisting of various lifting techniques, as well an overall health assessment, including blood pressure and heart rate tests
  • Must pass hiring and security interviews
  • Must possess a clean driving record with:
    • No DUI's in 5 years
    • No reckless/careless driving convictions in last 3 years
    • No suspensions in last 3 years
    • No more than 3 moving violations in three years from application date

Central Refrigerated's Hiring Zones

Central Refrigerated free truck driving school hiring zone map

This is a map of Central Refrigerated's hiring zone. They do not hire from any of the gray areas.

Note: Illinois is a special case. Illinois residents can not attend their school, but they will hire Illinois residents that have attained their CDL at a private school.

TruckingTruth's Insights:

It doesn't matter where their company terminals or schools are located. As long as you're within their hiring zone you're ok.

Central Refrigerated's Company-Sponsored Schooling Locations

Map of Central Refrigerated Company-Sponsored School Locations

This is a map of Central Refrigerated's school locations. They have schools in:

  • Fontana, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Conley, GA

What Advantages Does Central Refrigerated Offer Over Other Companies?

  • One of the top industry pay packages with performance bonuses
  • Receive medical/dental/vision coverage as well as life insurance
  • Drive late model equipment you can be proud of (new or late model Volvos and Freightliners.)
  • Paid vacations
  • 401K retirement plan
  • Paid tolls for company drivers (EZ Pass available)
  • Passengers are allowed
  • Receive in-cab e-mail
  • Compensation for unloading and only 10% of our freight is driver unloaded

TruckingTruth's Notes On Central Refrigerated So Far

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We found the qualifications and hiring requirements to be about average. While they do require a relatively clean criminal and driving history, they are willing to look past minor infractions, especially if an adequate amount of time has passed. Of course, be up front and honest as they will perform a final background check upon your arrival to the training school.

Items Needed To Prepare For Schooling

Central Refrigerated Red Peterbuilt at company-sponsored training location
Do I need to get my CDL permit before attending school?

No, a permit is not required before schooling.

Do I need a U.S. Passport?

You will need to obtain one within 90 days of going solo

Which CDL Endorsements Are Required?

No additional endorsements are required, but extra money is paid for HAZMAT loads which require a HAZMAT endorsement

TruckingTruth's Advice About Bringing Papework

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We always recommend you bring any paperwork you believe could be needed. If you think you might need it, take it with you. Forms you should absolutely bring are identification documents such as an original and signed Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, and a valid Drivers License. Any medical forms including prescriptions you are currently taking or documents to help verify past employment are things you should also take with you. When in doubt, bring it!

Cost Structure Of The Training Program

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What is the cost structure of the schooling?

You will pay $22.50 per paycheck (weekly) after going solo until $1,200 is paid.

What are all of the up-front costs?

Students only need enough money for licensing fees and living expenses such as food. Everything else is covered including travel, room and board, DOT physical, drug screens, etc. Generally need around \$100 total for licensing fees.

Will my meals be paid for?

Meals are not paid for during CDL training.

Cost Structure Of The Training Program

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Will my room be paid for?

Yes, 100% of housing costs are paid (shared rooms).

Can I pay for my CDL training up front and have no further obligation?

Yes, students may pay $3,000 up front with no contractual obligations.

What are the obligations for paying back the schooling after graduation?

Students must stay for one year for the full amount to be paid ($22.50 deducted from each paycheck until $1,200 is paid). If a student leaves before 1yr, they can prorate the schooling at a $3,000 fee minus what they've already paid.

TruckingTruth's Look At The Cost Structure Of The Schooling

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The cost structure for this CDL program seems to be fairly comparable to many other company sponsored CDL programs. While the schooling isn't free and will still cost $1,200, there is no up-front cost and $1,200 is a very modest tuition cost for full CDL training, especially considering Central Refrigerated does not charge any interest fees and you only start making payments after you are making an income.

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