Crst Orientation For New Drivers Who Got There Licenses From A School

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Jammer a's Comment
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Hey y’all I’m getting ready to graduate from school and I got a a contingency letter from Crst and I was wondering 1. Do I get paid for orientation 2 . What test written or driving do I have to pass there?? Or do I go straight to a driver trainer

Joseph I.'s Comment
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Most companies will pay for orientation as you have been hired at least provisionally by that point.

Jammer a's Comment
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Thank you

Most companies will pay for orientation as you have been hired at least provisionally by that point.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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1. Do I get paid for orientation

NO. You get lodged in a hotel for a week and they provide you with two free meals a day (breakfast and lunch). CRST claims you're not an employee until you receive your COMDATA card and employee ID card, usually on day 4 (Thursday). There's currently a lawsuit over whether that's legal and whether CRST owes drivers back pay for orientation.

2 . What test written or driving do I have to pass there??

There's a written test that's required by one of their customers (UPS). A few people required some coaching and were given additional chances to pass the test. No one was sent home for failing.

There was a simple driving test. Three drivers in a truck with an evaluator. All stops were on Morgan Rd. Driver 1 drove to the TA on the north side of the overpass. Driver 2 drove from the TA to the Flying J on the south side of the overpass. Driver 3 drove the truck from from the Flying J back to the CRST terminal. In the group I tested with one driver ran a stop sign the other tried floating the gears, but just ground them. Both passed. The gear floater got a note put on his evaluation saying he needed to work on shifting.

There was also a fitness test. You had to be able to climb into the back of the trailer, open the truck's hood, close the truck's hood, etc. One person was sent home for not being able to pass that test. Nothing tricky, just stuff most drivers do at least once a week.

Note: CRST offers orientation as different facilities. Mine was at OKC, your mileage may vary.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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That reads exactly as it was done when I went through my CRST orientation at the OKC terminal in 2015, Pacific Pearl.

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.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well, once I was hired and out with a trainer, we THEN got paid for orientation on the 1st check (2019 Riverside Cal terminal)

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.

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