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Wayne L.'s Comment
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Hello can someone tell me how the process works in getting training at CFI.

Cerberus 's Comment
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Wife and I went through their training last year.

We got in contact with a recruiter, they get all your info and get you pre-hired. Then they get you a greyhound ticket to Joplin, you do a one or two day orientation for drug testing and paperwork. And from there they send you to Crowder College in Neosho, MO or like my wife and I went to Truck dynasty in Springfield, MO. And I also know that they've been using Trainco as well for some students. If you go solo you sign a 1yr contract and after your one year your tuition is considered paid back. Or if you team it's only 6mos.

Do you have any specific questions?

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Army 's Comment
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We also have a CFI Trainer here....so he will chime in as well.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Hey Wayne, with CFI you will need to get your permit and medical on your own before they take you for training. Depending on the school they send you to, school will be 3 or 4 weeks. While in school CFI pays for your food and room. Then it's back to CFI for four days of orientation, where you will be paid $100.00 cash. After that it's out with a trainer for at least 7000 miles. This usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks. Then it's back to Joplin to upgrade. While with your trainer you are paid 26 CPM. Once you you upgrade you start at 35 CPM. CFI will provide all your transportation. The best thing to do is go to CFI website, students . Here you can read some more info and fill out an app. Good luck. I'm happy to help.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Cerberus 's Comment
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Only thing I would add is that they just bumped the pay for orientation to $60 a day. My wife and I are currently in orientation and they just changed that not to long ago apparently.

Hey Wayne, with CFI you will need to get your permit and medical on your own before they take you for training. Depending on the school they send you to, school will be 3 or 4 weeks. While in school CFI pays for your food and room. Then it's back to CFI for four days of orientation, where you will be paid $100.00 cash. After that it's out with a trainer for at least 7000 miles. This usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks. Then it's back to Joplin to upgrade. While with your trainer you are paid 26 CPM. Once you you upgrade you start at 35 CPM. CFI will provide all your transportation. The best thing to do is go to CFI website, students . Here you can read some more info and fill out an app. Good luck. I'm happy to help.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Only thing I would add is that they just bumped the pay for orientation to $60 a day. My wife and I are currently in orientation and they just changed that not to long ago apparently.

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That's good to know. Thanks.

Wayne L.'s Comment
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Hello Big Scott thank for reaching out to me I am not in CFI hiring area I am in Washington State If I get a permit from Washington State would it be accepted in MO I can move where ever there hire area is and get a permit from there or I can go to a local trucking school CFI hire recent graduates right

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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If you have a recruter's email, ask them about your willingness to move. When possible they are very accommodating. If you don't get anywhere that way, I will be happy to check with someone to see what you would need to do.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Hey Scott,

Are they paying .35 a mile PLUS per diem , or just a straight .35 for solo drivers?

Seems kinda low.

Rick

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Once they upgrade, they can opt into the per diem program.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

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