Commercial Driver Training
If you knew all the facts, which would you choose?
So called “Free Training”
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Usually 3 to 6 weeks, from 140 to 220 hours, flexible schedules.
Usually 3 weeks of training at their facility, training can continue on the road during which students can be expected to drive with their permits. No flexibility in scheduling.
The student pays for their training, usually $3500 to $6500. Most schools have financing and financial aid options.
The company that is hiring the student provides the training at no up front cost, but requires an employment contract from the student to ensure they get paid back through payroll deductions. Most contracts last from 9 to 12 months.
Because the student is not locked into a contract, they go to work where they choose. Students not locked into a contract can make from 32 to 45 cents per mile or more. Many drivers make between $800 to $1200 a week, some make much more.
Because they are locked into a contract, company trained drivers will work for what the company decides to pay them. Most contract drivers make between 12 to 17 cents per mile. Under contract, $300 to $400 a week is pretty normal.
Because they received their training from a state authorized school, students pick their career paths. From large trucking companies, smaller family owned operations, owner operator, oil field work…you name it.
Only the company that trained them will recognize a contract trained students training. If you quit that company before your contract is up, your CDL is worthless for other companies, you have no where else to go.
When a student is not locked into a contract, hometime options are much better. Because the student has their choice, they can work where they want, even for many companies that have local routes where the driver is home every day.
Under contract it is not uncommon for drivers to be gone weeks, even months at a time. Because the student is under contract, they have no say so, nor do they have a choice.
Off contract students are not required to drive team with someone they do not know except during their training phase while with their instructor…usually around 5 to 6 weeks.
Under contract students are usually forced to drive teams with a stranger for months on end, the entire time under contract.
Off contract students, because they have the choice to go where they want, they are able to pick companies that provide full tuition reimbursement. These companies pay the student back for the entire amount of their tuition costs.
Contract trained students do not get tuition reimbursement, just the opposite. While under contract, they have money deducted from their paycheck to pay the trucking company back for their training.
The success rate of students that obtained their training from a private school or Community College is very high. The vast majority are still driving a truck years later and are making more money than ever.
The failure rate under contract is incredibly high. Most students never make it through training. The majority of contract students are sent home before completing the training. Studies have shown that less than 5% of students under contract successfully complete their first year.