Have you seen the phrase "paid CDL training jobs" used on a trucking website before? If you're a newbie, this can be a tricky phrase to understand. You may be asking yourself, "What are paid CDL training jobs?" If you didn't know any better, you might think the truck driving school using this phrase is trying to hire instructors. I mean after all - isn't that what a CDL training job would be...a job for an instructor to provide CDL training? And wouldn't those types of CDL training jobs be paid?
It turns out, however, that by adding the "paid" to the beginning of "CDL training jobs" it takes on a whole new meaning...one that may be difficult to understand.
Typically, when you see a company claim to offer paid CDL training jobs, it means that they work with trucking carriers who are willing to pay for (or sponsor) an applicant's truck driver training tuition cost. When you consider that it's not uncommon for some truck driving schools to cost upwards of $6,000.00 for training - you can understand how it's a big incentive. The other part of it, the "job" part, means that the driver applicant must go to work for the trucking carrier for a period of time - typically 1-2 years in order to fulfill their commitment to the company as a result of the company covering upfront training costs. This is more commonly referred to as "company sponsored CDL training" and is a great way for a new driver to enter the trucking industry.
Another common misunderstanding that can come from the "paid CDL training" part of the phrase is the belief that students will actually be paid while they are receiving CDL training. While tuition and other costs associated with truck driver school may be paid for by the trucking company, the students themselves do not actually draw a paycheck during the training portion at school. The first paycheck will come after that student completes training, earns a Class A CDL (Commercial Driver's License) and officially begins work with the trucking company. That being said, some trucking companies and truck driving schools may offer sign-on bonus opportunities of which a portion may be paid out upon successfully completing CDL training.
Hopefully this helps clear up what paid CDL training jobs are, how they're different from CDL training jobs or company sponsored CDL training and what it all really means to the most important person involved - YOU, the driver. It can be easy to get caught up in the marketing hoopla and not truly understand what you're getting into. The best favor you can do for yourself is to ask questions! Make sure you understand exactly how and when you will or won't be paid so you can plan things accordingly with your family and your finances. Becoming a truck driver takes a lot of hard work and crossing the t's and dotting the i's ahead of time will allow you to focus on learning the skills you need to be the safest, best truck driver you can be.
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