Celadon Driving Academy: Company-Sponsored CDL Training

Celadon Has Shut Down Their Paid CDL Training Program

Celadon shut down their Driving Academy program in 2017. We have left this review page up in case the information is valuable to anyone searching for the program, however please visit our Paid CDL Training homepage to see a full list of active schools offering paid training programs, or fill out our 30-second application for paid CDL training and we'll match you with paid CDL programs that accept candidates who match your profile.

Introduction To Celadon Paid CDL Training Review

At TruckingTruth, we've done a ton of research for you! We've contacted the company recruiters at Celadon Trucking and put together a fantastic review of the Celadon paid CDL training program.

We'll start you off with our opinion of their paid CDL training program and then we'll take you through all of the key features and important information you'll need to know. Some of what we'll cover:

  • Student Hiring Requirements
  • Truck Driving School Locations
  • Driver Pay During Training
  • Advantages Of Working For Celadon Trucking
  • Cost Structure Of CDL Training
  • CDL Training Itinerary
  • Celadon Trucking Pay And Benefits
  • Vacation Pay And Home Time

Celadon Trucking Review

One item that stands out in Celadon's program is that you will be required to team drive for 120,000 miles after graduation, with a pretty hefty raise after 6 months.

Their training program is very affordable, and is paid off with one year of driving. Additionally, Celadon provides 3 meals a day, 7 days a week while in school, which is uncommon in company-sponsored programs.

About Celadon CDL Training

Founded in 1985 and employing over 4,000 associates worldwide, Celadon Group Inc. (NYSE: CGI) is one of the largest and most progressive transportation and logistics companies in North America.

Celadon maintains one of the youngest fleets in the transportation industry with an average tractor age below 2 years, compared with the industry average of 7 years. Celadon has been recognized with the 1st Place -- National Fleet Safety Award, the industry's most prestigious safety award, three times.

Currently, Celadon operates nearly 5,500 tractors and more than 12,000 trailers throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Additionally, Celadon runs their own company-sponsored training school, the Celadon Driving Academy, with locations in Indiana, Alabama, and Texas. All meals, housing, and transportation costs are covered by Celadon.

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Getting Hired With Celadon Trucking

Celadon Minimum Hiring Requirements

  • Must be 21.5 years or older
  • No DWI, DUI, or reckless driving convictions within the last 5 years
  • Felony convictions must be over 10 years old
  • Must possess a valid social security card
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or possess an alien registration card
  • Must pass a DOT physical and controlled substance and alcohol test
  • Must be able to verify past 3 years of employment history prior to joining CDL program
  • Must be able to read, write and speak the English language, in accordance with DOT regulations.

Celadon Hiring Areas

Where do you hire from and what are your no-hire zones?

Celadon hires throughout the lower 48 states, except Montana, Idaho, North & South Dakota, Maine, and the area of Florida south of Ocala.

Where are your schools located?
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Laredo, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Gadsden, CO

Celadon Trucking Facility Locations

Celadon CDL Training Facilities

Celadon Drop Lots And Terminals

Celadon Trucking terminal locations
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Laredo, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Gadsden, CO
  • Kernersville, WV

Celadon Cost

Cost Structure Of Celadon

What is the cost of the program?

Students pay $50/week for 1 year after going out with the trainer, for a total of $2,600.

What are all of the up-front costs?

Initially, permit costs will be covered by the student. However, this will be reimbursed upon arrival to the school.

Will my meals be paid for?

Yes. 3 meals per day, 7 days a week.

Will my room be paid for?

Yes, either at Celadon's dorm or the hotel.

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


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

$50/week for the first year of employment. If you leave Celadon before the year is up, the final amount owed is pro-rated for what you've already paid.

TruckingTruth's Take On The Cost Of Training At Celadon

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As long as you stay with Celadon for a year your monetary obligation is minimal, but the cost of the school itself is on the low side, anyways. Always make sure to understand the agreement that you sign.

Celadon Preparation For CDL Training

Items To Bring To Celadon

  • Birth Certificate (Original or Certified Copy with a state seal)
  • Bring any corrective lenses you need, including readers.
  • Social Security Card & Valid Driver’s License
  • List of dependent names for insurance enrollment.
  • Voided check or bank deposit slip for direct deposit program.
  • Note pad for taking notes and doing homework
  • Rain-gear/Jacket
  • Any medications you are currently taking
  • 7-10 day's worth of clothes. Do NOT bring, pack, or wear the following:

    • Tank tops
    • Flip-flops
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Shirts with inappropriate material on them
  • Bedding (pillow and blanket, twin sized sheets if you would like)
  • Towels, washcloths, all other necessary grooming items you may need. A laundry bag is recommended, to store soiled items.
  • Clipboard, pens, calculator, trucker's atlas, battery operated alarm clock.

Preparation For Celadon

Do I need a US Passport?

No, you do not need a U.S. Passport. However, you will be required to provide identification at training and a U.S. Passport may be an acceptable form.

Which CDL endorsements are required or encouraged?

No additional endorsements are required.

TruckingTruth's View On Preparing For Celadon CDL Training

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Again, pretty typical, but it should be noted that Celadon has listed specific items of clothing that they will not allow, for those who like flip-flops and tank-tops.

Regardless of whether or not a company requires them, we always recommend getting a passport as well as all endorsements to make sure that you are prepared for any future opportunities.

Celadon Itinerary

Celadon CDL Training Itinerary

Describe the schooling itinerary a bit:

The students spend their first week in the class. After that week they spend 3-5 weeks learning how to operate the trucks on the driving ranges and the road.

The average student is in CDL school for 31 days.

How long is the training overall?

It takes 4 to 5 weeks from the time a student begins class to the time they earn their CDL.

How much time on the range backing up?

30 minutes per day is typical.

During the practice range phase, how many students share one truck?


How much time in classroom?

40 hours

TruckingTruth’s View On Celadon Training Itinerary

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Celadon's CDL school might be a little longer than some others, but you are also sharing a truck with more students at the same time. There should still be ample practice time.

On The Road Training Itinerary With Celadon

Is the training period based on number of days, number of driving hours, number of miles, or some combination?

10,000 miles

How much will I be making when I'm on the road with a trainer?

$65 per day.

Do they run your trainer and you as a "team" operations or like a solo truck?

Training is run as a solo operation.

On The Road Training Policies at Celadon

Is there more than one student per trainer and truck?

No, one student per trainer & truck.

Do you have a "No sleeping in the top bunk while the truck is rolling" policy?

No, nobody is sleeping while the truck is rolling.

What is your policy for handling disputes between trainer and student?

Disputes are handled on a case by case basis by management, and a new trainer will be assigned in the case of unresolvable disputes.

Can you get a non-smoking trainer?

Yes, a non-smoking trainer may be requested.

What are the company's minimum qualifications to be a trainer?

Driver must have at least 6 months experience, at least 1 month driving with Celadon, approved by safety and have attended a Train the Trainer class.

Working For Celadon

Advantages Of Working For Celadon

  • Constant and reliable freight.
  • Friendly pet and rider policy.
  • WageLock program to ensure driver pay even with low miles or freight.
  • Newer equipment both in training and as a company driver.
  • Everything regarding the school is located in the same facility.
  • All students have their own room, 3 meals a day, and progress at their own speed.
  • As long as a student is showing progress, Celadon will work with the student to reach their goal of obtaining their CDL.

Celadon Company Driver Pay And Benefits

Celadon Company Driver Pay

How much will I be making once I'm running solo in my own truck?

Presently, students are required to run their first 120,000 miles as a team making .42/mile split. At that time, they can solo at .33/mile or continue driving as a team driver at .50/mile split with the ability to make up to .60/mile split.

When will I receive pay increases?

After the 120,000 miles, typically about 6-8 months, $.01/Mile Increase — Every 120,000 Miles Driven - NO CAP.

Do you offer a Fuel Bonus?

No, but a safety bonus of $.005/mile is offered.

Celadon Company Driver Benefits

What health insurance and benefits do you have?

Celadon offers health insurance with all major standard benefits and options including life insurance and 401k retirement plans, vacation time, and 2 high-deductible health plans.

What is the average cost of benefits?

Medical base plan = $51.07/week.

How long until you qualify for benefits?

Benefits are effective the first day of the month following a 60 day waiting period.

Celadon Full Benefit Page

What About Vacation Time?

1 year = 1 week earned (paid out at $500)

TruckingTruth's View On Celadon Company Driver Pay

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Celadon's starting pay is average, with their team pay being on the higher end after 120,000 miles. The interesting part about Celadon's pay structure is that they offer $.01 cpm raises every 120,000 miles driven, with no cap on salary.

They also offer many financial incentives for teams, as well as the WageLock program, which guarantees a minimum weekly salary during slower periods, for qualified drivers.

Celadon Employee Policies

Pets & Travelers Policy

Do you allow pets?

Pets are allowed.

What is the company's rider policy?

One immediate family member may ride for a maximum of 3 months with authorization.

Celadon Dispatching Policies

Can a new driver run regional or dedicated right after school?

No, new drivers are strictly OTR until 120,000 miles are completed.

Will there be any NYC?


Are you forced dispatch? Is the driver given any options for different loads?

Company drivers are forced dispatch.

How often can I expect to be home? For how long at a time?

48 hours every 2 weeks.

What percentage of freight is drop and hook?


Celadon Company Driver Opportunities

Do you have a leasing program, and will I be persuaded or incentivized to lease?

Yes. However, new students will not have the leasing option until the 120,000 miles are completed

What divisions do you have? (local, dedicated, regional, tanker, flatbed, reefer)

Celadon runs all freight and routes except for tanker.

TruckingTruth's View On Celadon Company Driver Opportunities

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Celadon's offerings are typical for large carriers, but they do place an emphasis on team driving, by offering various salary incentives for teams.

Celadon Equipment

What kind of trucks do you have?

International, Peterbilt, and Kenworth

Do you run electronic logs?


What are your trucks governed at?

63 MPH

Do you have APU units?

All trucks come with APU units

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