Should I get my CDL Class A license through a company paid or sponsored CDL training program?
* transportation, lodging and training is paid for by the company
* you do not need a co-signer
* you have a job when you complete training
* your CDL training is not ‘free’
* you must sign an employment contract for a term of between 8 months to 2 years
* you are responsible for reimbursing the company for your training expenses if you do not fulfill your contract
How long does the student training take?
Student training through a company paid training program takes approximately 3 weeks, or 15-18 days. This is followed by 3 days of Orientation. You then go on the company payroll and spend the next 28 days with an instructor.
Do I have to sign a Contract?
Yes. Depending on the company, the employment contract will be from 8 months to 2 years.
What if I don’t fulfill my employment contract?
If you terminate your employment before the contract is satisfied, you still will be required to pay back the training expenses. You may find it difficult to get another job as most companies will not hire a driver who still owes money to the previous company because the driver didn’t fulfill the contract.
How long is it before I begin earning money?
After your first 3 weeks of training you will go on the company payroll as you begin 28 days of corporate training with an instructor. Upon completion of corporate training, you will begin receiving regular driver pay.
What is the cost if I attend a company paid sponsored CDL training program?
Depending on the company, the cost runs from $2,995 to $6,000.
How much money can I expect to earn in my first year as a truck driver?
You can expect to earn $33,000 – $36,000 during your first year. That is standard throughout the industry.