CDL Training Program

Take A Seat Behind the Wheel

Earn Your Class A CDL & Get Paid to Train

Our company-sponsored CDL training program prepares you to become a commercial truck driver. Other CDL training companies charge tuition. We cover training costs when you agree to drive with us for one year. Driver apprentices pick up the skills needed to safely operate a tractor-trailer and earn weekly pay in the final training phase. 

Guaranteed Pay

Earn $900 a week during the CDL team driving portion of training.

Onboarding Perks

We pay for your travel, breakfast, lunch, and lodging during onboarding.

Small Class Sizes

Our intentionally small CDL class sizes give you one-on-one time with trainers.

Free DOT Physical

We reimburse you for the cost of your DOT physical. Just keep the receipt.

Become A Truck Driver

Apply for Our CDL Training Program

Start training for your new career! Apply online today or give us a call.

Plan Your Route to Becoming a Driver

Walk Through Our CDL Training Process

Step 1 | Apply - 1 week

Apply online and chat with a recruiter. Applications take about a week to process after submission. In the meantime, you will obtain your Medical Card and CDL permit.

Step 2 | Onboarding - 1 week

Start our hands-on training. On day one, you will study pre-trip inspections and practice driving and backing maneuvers.

Worried about travel? We pay for your transportation, lodging, and breakfast and lunch. You cover the cost of dinners. If you prefer to book your own transportation, we will reimburse you up to the cost of the transportation we would have booked for you.

Driver apprentices have a three-day grace period before they must sign a one-year contract that covers the cost of training. The grace period begins the day you arrive.

Step 3 | Begin CLP Training - 2 - 3 weeks

Put your permit to use. You will go out on the road with a driver trainer to prepare for the Class A CDL exam.

As a CDL permit holder, you are not yet an employee. You can borrow $200 a week for personal expenses. These advances are paid back in $25 weekly installments once you obtain your CDL and become an employee.

Step 4 | Take the CDL Exam

We route you and your trainer back to our terminal for the CDL exam. After you pass the exam, we send you home with paperwork to get your CDL transferred to your state.

Step 5 | Start CDL Team Driving - 3 months

Wahoo! You’re now a CDL holder. You and a trainer will team drive for 30,000 miles to continue your training. Each week, you earn $900 guaranteed. Your CDL training is complete once you and your trainer hit 30,000 OTR miles together.

Home time is available during this part of training. Typically, for every three to four weeks you’re on the road, you receive three to four days of home time.

Step 6 | Start Your Career

After 30,000 training miles, your one-year contract begins. You will return to our terminal to receive your own truck and start your career. We encourage new drivers to team up with a fellow graduate.

Step 7 | Team Drive (Optional) - 3 months

Once you complete the training program, we partner you with another recent graduate to drive team for 90 days. Team operations offer in-person support and a significant increase in your earning potential.

Step 8 | Become A Trainer (Optional)

After finishing the training program and team driving for three months, you qualify to become a trainer. Becoming a trainer increases your earning potential and expands your career. You will have the chance to give back to those trying to get into the industry.

Must-Haves to Start Training

Bring These Items to Onboarding

What's A CDL Permit?

Before You Train, Get Your CLP

A commercial learner’s permit (CLP) lets you practice driving with a CDL holder beside you. You must have a permit before you can begin CDL training.

  1. Obtain your state’s CDL manual online or at your local DMV office.
  2. Study the general knowledge, combination, and air brakes portions.
  3. Pass the written permit test.
  4. Get your Class A permit!
CDL Training Facilities

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Explore Common Questions About CDL Training

You must be at least 21 years old with a driver’s license that’s been active for three years. You cannot have a conviction within the past three years of something from the following list:

  • Speeding 15 mph or more over the posted limit
  • Following too close
  • Unsafe or erratic lane change
  • Reckless driving
  • No more than two moving violations within the last 12 months
  • No more than four moving violations within the last three years
  • No license suspensions for points in the last three years

You must have an acceptable CSA scorecard (PSP Driver Report). Visit our Qualifications page for more information.

No, a high school diploma or GED is not required to obtain your CDL.

You need to study the general knowledge, combination, and air brakes chapters of your state’s CDL manual. Once you have a good grasp of this information, you are ready to take your written permit test.

Once you submit your application, it takes about one week to process. We pride ourselves on our quick and easy onboarding. If you’re a qualified candidate, we’ll pay for your travel to our terminal for a week of onboarding.

The entire CDL training program can take four to six months to complete. CDL team driving is the longest part of training. Its timeframe depends on how quickly you and your trainer reach 30,000 miles. During this phase, you will have home time.

  • Onboarding: 1 week
  • CLP Training: 3 weeks
  • CDL Team Training: 2 months

Pack light for CDL training. You will share a truck with your trainer and have limited space. We recommend bringing:

  • Sheets or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • 4 to 6 changes of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Non-slip shoes
  • CDL manual
  • Notebooks
  • Work gloves
  • Sunglasses

You can purchase these items at our terminal when you arrive. You will be able to do laundry at our terminals or truck stops while you team drive.

Driver apprentices get paid during the team driving portion of CDL training. While team driving, you receive a guaranteed $900 per week.

You are not paid during onboarding or permit training. Driver apprentices are not yet considered employees at these phases of training.

Long-haul truckers, or over-the-road (OTR) truckers, are paid per mile. Currently, our OTR drivers earn 46 cents per mile (cpm), plus a 5 cpm fuel incentive. Company teams earn 54 cpm, split between both drivers.

Visit our Pay & Benefits page for more information.

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