Company-Sponsored CDL Training
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Company-Sponsored CDL Training - Frequently Asked Questions
Should I choose a private truck driving school or a company-sponsored CDL program?
It really depends on your circumstances. If you can afford tuition at a private school, you may be able to choose among several companies. On the other hand, company-sponsored programs pay for your schooling, while guaranteeing a job, in return for a contractual commitment to drive for them, usually about 1 year.
How do I choose a company-sponsored truck driving school?
Really, you can't go wrong with any of them, it just depends on which program fits you best. Different companies will offer different things, like meals or cash advances, and some will pay you from day one.
How does company-sponsored CDL training work?
Think of it as an apprenticeship. Basically, the trucking company pays your way through their CDL school, usually with meals and housing included, trains you to drive, and guarantees you a job. In return, you agree to drive for said company for what is usually a set amount of time or miles, normally around a year.
Should I be concerned with being 'locked-in' to a contract after training?
Absolutely not. In fact, in what other field else are you going to find a company willing to pay for your training AND guarantee you a job afterwards? It will take at least a year for new drivers to really learn the ropes of the job, so it's actually to your advantage to be with a company that has a vested interest in your success, rather than one who is more likely to cut you loose for minor things.
How long is company-sponsored training , compared with private CDL school?
The schooling at company-sponsored programs is actually shorter than at private schools, normally, with an emphasis on getting you behind the wheel and learning how to drive sooner. Most company-sponsored schools are 3-4 weeks.
How do I get to company-sponsored training?
In most cases, even for drivers who aren't going through the CDL program, the company will provide at least a bus ticket to orientation/training. Some companies have been reported to fly their students in.
What should I bring to company-sponsored training?
Packing for trucking school is kind of like packing for a vacation. Many times CDL students may be given a checklist by the trucking company or school of what they should bring. You will function better and concentrate better on the schooling if you are comfortable and properly equipped.
Will I be paid during CDL training and company training?
Most companies will not start paying you until you have your CDL and start the company training phase, though every company has a different timetable for this. Some companies, like Roehl, will get you in the truck as soon as possible, and pay you as an employee from day 1.
What happens during the company training phase?
After you get your CDL, and in some cases while you still have your permit, companies will require you to do some sort of on-the-road training with one of their driver/trainers.
How long is on-the-road company training?
In most cases, you will be done with company training in 6-8 weeks, depending on the company and your rate of progress.
Can I get my CDL without going to school or a company-sponsored program?
You can, but you really shouldn't, if you have any plans for getting a driving job from any reputable carrier. Most companies will require a training certificate affirming that you have gone through a training program of at least 160 hours.
What if I leave a company before fulfilling my contract for company-sponsored CDL training?
You will, at the very least, be liable for the remaining dollar value of the contract. Some companies will require full repayment regardless of the remaining contract, while some will withhold your training certificate until the contract is satisfied, essentially making it impossible to get a job anywhere else.