Earn While You Learn

Paid CDL Training

Don’t pay another school $7,000 for training when you can earn while you learn with us to gain your Class A CDL. Wilson Logistics offers a Paid CDL Training Program designed for those with no prior experience wanting to become a professional over-the-road (OTR) truck driver. We have two training locations: Missoula, MT and Springfield, MO. We hire out of all the lower 48 states.

Highlights of Training Program

Guaranteed Training Pay

Max 7 Students Per Class

1-on-1 Time With Trainers

Travel, Breakfast/Lunch, & Lodging Covered During Onboarding

Training Timeline

  1. Application

    January 16th, 2014

    Get an application in and begin working with your recruiter. Application processing for approval takes about a week on average. During this time, you should be studying for your CDL A permit test. You will need to know general knowledge, combination, and air brakes

    You will need to bring $150 to cover the admin fee, enough money to cover your dinners, your birth certificate, social security card, and regular driver’s license the first day of orientation. We strongly encourage you to pack light for your training, as you will be sharing a truck with your trainer (sheets or sleeping bag, pillow, blanket, change of clothes, toiletries, medications, nonslip shoes, etc.) If you do not wish to travel to our terminal with these items, you will have the opportunity to purchase them once you arrive. **If you reside in IL, you will need to take your permit test prior to arriving at our terminal.

  2. On-boarding

    February 28th, 2014

    We pay for a bus ticket over to our terminal in either Missoula, MT or Springfield, MO. If you prefer to fly or drive, we can reimburse you up to the amount of the bus ticket we would originally purchase (whichever is the lesser of the two). You will be at our terminal for 1-2 weeks before we get you on the road with a trainer. During this time, we cover the cost of your hotel, breakfast, and lunch.

    We will complete your drug/alcohol test, physical, and permit test (IL residents will already have their permits). You will have a 2-day grace period from the day you arrive to sign a 1-year contract (to cover the cost of training). The remainder of your time at the terminal will consist of driving practice (shifting, ally docking, backing, 90 degree turns, etc.) and some classroom time (instruction, simulator, computer). Our classes max out at 6 students every week, so you will have plenty of one-on-one time with your trainer.

  3. CDL Permit Driving

    March 20th, 2014

    You will go over-the-road for 2-3 weeks with a professional CDL instructor for training and real-world experience. While OTR with your trainer, you have the option to pull out $200 advances weekly. If you choose to pull the advances, they will be paid back through weekly installments of $25 once you begin licensed driving.

  4. CDL Exam

    May 20th, 2014

    After 2-3 weeks, we route you and your trainer back to our terminal to take your CDL exam for your Class A CDL. If your residency is in IL, you will be routed back to IL to take your CDL exam.

  5. CDL Team Driving

    July 9th, 2014

    Once you receive your Class A CDL, you continue training over-the-road as a team with a professional CDL instructor for 30,000 miles. This 30,000 is for all miles on the truck. You will work directly with your fleet manager learning the freight network and operating as a professional truck driver. During this time, you will be paid.

    Pay is guaranteed by cents per mile (cpm) or a weekly minimum, whichever is the greater between the two. The first 10,000 miles, you are paid 12 cpm or a minimum of $600 every week. The last 20,000 miles, you are paid 14 cpm or a minimum of $700 every week. Home time for OTR drivers is typically every 3-4 weeks for 3-4 days. This schedule is a little more sporadic during training due to different home locations and how quickly the student/trainer wants to complete the required 30,000 miles. This program typically takes 3-4 months to complete.

  6. Solo Company Driver

    August 30th, 2014

    Once you complete the 30,000 miles of team driving with your trainer, we route you back to the terminal to get you into your own truck! Your 1-year contract will begin. We offer OTR for all the lower 48 states. If you live in the Western 11, you will have the option to run our Western 11 Regional fleet.

    We so have a friendly pet and rider policy. We require 60 days of accident-free, safe driving upon completion of the program to bring pets and riders on board.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Active driving license for 3 years, Social Security Card, US Citizenship Or Alien Registration Card
  • NO convictions from the following list in the past 3 years:
  • Speeding over 15mph
  • Following too close
  • Unsafe or erratic lane change
  • Reckless driving
  • NO more than 2 moving violations within the last 12 months.
  • NO more than 4 moving violations within the last 3 years.
  • NO license suspensions for points in the last 3 years.
  • Must have an acceptable CSA scorecard (PSP Driver Report)

Training Locations

We hire out of all the lower 48 states

Springfield, MO

Missoula, MT

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