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At TruckingTruth, we've done a ton of research for you! We've contacted the company recruiters at Veriha Trucking and put together a fantastic review of the Veriha Trucking 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:
That's right! Veriha Trucking was one of the award winners in 2018's Best Fleets To Drive For produced by CarriersEdge and the Truckload Carrier's Association each year. This is an amazing accomplishment.
Veriha Trucking is small enough company that they will know your name but big enough to have a lot of opportunities for various fleets including OTR, Regional, and Dedicated. They keep their apprentice to instructor ratio at 1:4 or less and their apprentice to trainer ratio is 1:1.
Veriha was fortunate enough to have been voted by their drivers as one of the “Best Fleets to Drive For” in 2018 and their training pay and GPAY (guaranteed pay) are both industry leading.
Veriha’s Apprenticeship Program is on average 8 weeks before going solo and has 2 years of continuing education that includes Train the Trainer course and Teaching a Train the Trainer class which makes it far more comprehensive than a typical training program.
Established in 1978 by John Veriha as a one truck operation, Veriha Trucking has grown to a 250+ truck company that is now owned and operated by John’s daughter Karen. They are almost exclusively a dry van company.
Their CDL School (Veriha Driving Academy) and main terminal is located in Marinette, WI with terminals located in Neenah, WI and Milton, PA. Unlike most Trucking Companies they have gone the extra mile and started a state registered and certified school that they piggyback off of with their in-house training program.
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Veriha Trucking primarily hires from the Midwest and East Coast
You will be hired on as a paid, full time employee right from day one. The only expenses you will have are your Commercial Learner's Permit (which you will get in your home state before arriving), transportation to and from Marinette, WI, and food/drink. All traditional expenses are covered by Veriha to help you keep focused on becoming the best driver you can be.
If you fulfill the 18 month contract your training will be free. If you fail to fulfill the contract you will owe $12,500 for the CDL training course, the hotel room, the continuing education that was provided, and all other costs associated with your hiring and training.
The only expenses you have are your Commercial Learner's Permit, transportation to and from Marinette WI and food/drink.
No, since you are being hired and paid from day one they ask that you provide your own meals.
Yes, anytime throughout the training if you are required to stay at a hotel it will be paid for by the company.
No, there is no option to do this with their apprenticeship program.
The CDL School and all associated trainings are free as long as the 18 month contract is fulfilled. If you choose to leave before satisfying your obligation you are responsible for the entire amount $12,500.
We feel this is a great setup. You're going to be paid as a full time employee right from the day you arrive and if you fulfill the entire contract the CDL training is completely free. It doesn't get any better than that.
If you do not fulfill the contract, the $12,500 price tag is very steep but in our opinion it should be. Veriha has a lot to offer and they're giving you full pay, full employment, and room and board right from day one. We feel it's critical that students fulfill their training contracts. This should not be considered optional or taken lightly. It takes a tremendous commitment to get your trucking career underway and you should be prepared to make that commitment before you take on such a huge challenge.
Yes, one of the pre-requisites to getting into the program is having your CLP.
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.
No additional endorsements are required. But we do encourage new drivers to start the process to obtain all of their endorsements to give themselves more opportunities in the future.
Though not required, we always recommend getting a passport. Hauling freight into Canada has become more streamlined, and a passport will give you more options for the future.
The same applies to endorsements. We advise getting all available endorsements up front, which will keep you prepared for future opportunities.
Bring as much paperwork with you as you can, including any medical records or forms which could prove past employment and help with the background investigations. Always be certain that your birth certificate and social security card are un-laminated originals.
Arrive Monday morning and complete all HR paperwork and begin classwork. The first week is spent in Marinette with their State Certified Instructors. You will have a great mix of classroom education, range time, and simulator training during this first week.
The second and third week gets you out in the truck hauling freight with one of their trainers, getting you ready for your CDL exam.
Once you have your CDL your training will continue with a different Trainer with the goal of finishing all the training necessary to make you a successful solo driver. You will complete a minimum of 8,500 miles.
This is an extremely fast paced and demanding approach to training and you will receive the full introduction to the lifestyle that is needed to be successful in trucking.
This initial training typically takes 8-12 weeks to complete in order to run solo. As a solo driver you can expect 2 years of continuing education to ensure your success.
The first week you will spend 1-2 days on the range and the week you take your CDL test you will spend 2-3 days as well. The trainer also fills out evaluations every other day in multiple categories to ensure there is a sufficient hands-on training in backing and other subjects.
Their goal is to have no more than 4 students per truck with the instructor; however, when one student is backing they have another truck available on the range for the other apprentices to work on their pre-trip. All range time with your trainer will be 1:1.
Their program is designed to be hands on and 2-4 days of the first week are spent in the classroom with the rest of the training taking place in/around the truck. If more classroom time is needed based on an individual’s needs they do accommodate for that when possible.
The goal of this program is to get the students handling the rigs out on the highway as quickly as possible. In the past, many of these programs would have students practicing in a parking lot with shifting and backing for two or three weeks, along with a little bit of local driving, before attempting to take their CDL exam.
Nowadays, this is the preferred way of training new drivers. You'll get your permit and immediately go out on the road hauling freight with a trainer before returning to take your CDL exam. This is a very intense way of training new students but we like that. You will find out quickly if you have what it takes to make it in this industry and you'll be much better prepared to take the driving portion of the CDL exam when you return.
The initial training program is based off of miles (no less than 8,500 driven with a trainer). After the initial training, beginning at month 6 with the company, you will begin to receive monthly trainings that range from HOS to teaching a Train the Trainer class.
Students will receive $100 per day, up to $600 per week, while you're on the road with a trainer.
Our apprentice’s and students are always ran as a solo truck. At no time during your training will you ever be expected to “team drive”.
Yes and no. When you are with your training it is one on one with your trainer. The final phase of your initial training will pair you with another apprentice for a CO-Driving Phase. This is NOT a team operation and the truck will continue to run as a solo truck with apprentices splitting all duties associated with the truck equally for 1-2 weeks depending on what level that each apprentice is performing at this time.
Yes, they have a no sleeping in any bunk while the truck is rolling policy.
Disputes are handled on a case by case basis by management, and Veriha Trucking abides by federal guidelines regarding a hostile work environment.
Yes, a non-smoking trainer may be requested.
Trainers are selected based on their Commercial Motor Vehicle driving history, clean and safe record (both driving and operationally), their ability to pass their "Train the Trainer" course, and they must have a passion to see students/apprentices succeed.
This is also a great setup. You'll be dispatched as a solo truck with your trainer, which means the student won't have to try to sleep while the trainer is driving. This method is far less stressful on the student.
It's also a great idea to have two students team together for a short time to help each other get used to that initial time on the road making decisions for yourself. The truck will still be dispatched as a solo truck, preventing you from having to sleep while the truck is rolling.
Voted "Best Fleets To Drive For 2018" - what more can you say, right?
For drivers looking for a family-owned company that's a little smaller than the mega carriers, Veriha is a fantastic option to consider. They are right on the leading edge of what trucking companies have to offer for drivers in today's industry.
Company drivers are paid $.35/mile for Regional, $.36/mile for OTR with a guaranteed pay of $800 per week.
If your set schedule starts on a Friday or Saturday you'll earn an additional $.03/mile.
You'll get accessorial pay of $.02/miles on loads less than 400 miles.
You'll also get $.03/mile Congestion Pay on loads less than 400 miles that deliver to a customer in the Northeast and the Chicago area.
Performance reviews are conducted annually and opportunities for pay increases are available at that time.
They offer a quarterly bonus of up to .03 CPM that is based on miles ran and other key performance indicators rather than just fuel consumption.
5 days at 1 year; 10 days at 2 years; 15 days at 5 years
Veriha Trucking offers health insurance with all major standard benefits and options including life insurance and 401k retirement plans, vacation time, and optional per diem plan.
Health plans start at $55/week and up. Dental plans start at $7.93/week and up and vision plans start at $1.73/week and up.
You will be eligible for benefits the 1st of the month following 60 consecutive days of employment.
They do allow pets. There is a 50 pound weight limit and a $500 non-refundable fee that is required before pets are allowed to be taken out in the truck. During the initial training and for the first 90 days of solo driving we do not allow pets in the truck.
Each rider must be approved to ensure they are covered by insurance; students are not allowed to have riders for their first 90 days out in the truck solo.
Dedicated runs are reserved for proven drivers that have earned them with consistent safety and reliable service. Company drivers can however choose from Regional (5 - 5.5 days out w/48hrs home time), OTR (11-14 days out w/72hrs of home time).
Not if you don’t want it. They don’t have a lot of freight into the city and what they do have is to get drivers who live in the area home.
They are not forced dispatch. Their drivers are the “captains of their ships” and can refuse loads based on any safety or HOS hazards/conflicts they see.
Company drivers can choose from regional fleet with a schedule of 5-5.5 out w/48hrs home time or an OTR fleet with 11-14 out w/72hrs of home time.
Their current freight pattern is such that their drop and hook percentage hovers around the 70% mark.
Veriha's dispatching policies are right up there with the best. You don't have to go to New York City, you have your option of various home time opportunities, and they have a high percentage of drop and hook freight which keeps you moving.
New drivers can get home on weekends or every other weekend if they like, with dedicated opportunities after you've proven yourself as a driver. This is a really nice setup.
Yes, they do have a lease program. There are opportunities for company drivers to move into that realm if that is what they desire but there is no “push” from us to force drivers that are happy as company drivers to move into that role.
They have OTR, Regional, Dedicated, and Local fleets. They are currently are a dry van specific company.
They are currently working with the VA and the Department of Workforce Development to solidify their ability to offer veterans the opportunity to utilize their GI bill.
They have Late Model Freightliner Cascadia’s and Volvo VNL 64T670s
Yes, they currently run the XRS tablet based system by Omnitracs.
They have a mix of APU units, bunk heaters, opti-idle, and park smart equipped trucks.
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