STUDENT INFO

Congratulations!  You’ve just taken the first step toward a great future!  Thank you for contacting CRST Expedited, Inc. for career information.  We are extremely proud of our company’s reputation which exceeds 50-years and believe that our success can be attributed to the professional drivers we employ and the excellent staff and management team which cares about our drivers.  CRST Expedited is the nation’s largest team carrier and has been recognized as one of the top dry van trucking companies in America.  We are committed to hiring qualified individuals who are dedicated to driving safely and meeting the needs of our customers.

 

CRST Expedited, Inc. has opportunities for everyone, including:

Individuals who need training in order to obtain a Class A CDL

Recent graduates of accredited trucking schools

Experienced drivers, trainers (lead drivers)

Owner-operators, lease-purchase independent contractors

Experienced drivers who would like to train their spouse or friend

 

Additional benefits of being a part of the CRST Expedited team:

Our drivers put more miles on a tractor per year with than with any other major carrier

We have the longest average length of haul (1400 to 1500 miles per load)

CRST Expedited drivers receive more support than any other carrier

Guaranteed home time policy and a competitive pay and benefits package  

 

Advantages to driving in a team environment:

Both drivers are able to earn a higher income than if they were driving solo

Able to run more miles, giving you more confidence as you gain more experience

Safer because you have another set of eyes and ears in the truck

Co-driver to assist you with trip planning, navigating and sharing the workload

 

Ask any experienced driver and you’ll learn that your first job is the most important. Start it right!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a list of topics that should answer most of the questions you may have.  If you would like to ask us about anything you read on the following page please call us,  We would be happy to help you.  423-508-8372

CRST Expedited “MINIMUM” QUALIFICATIONS

1. Must be at least 21 years old.

2. Must pass a DMV/D.O.T. (Dept. of Transportation) physical and a pre-employment drug screen.

3. You must have a good driving record and have been licensed in the United States for a minimum of 2 years out of the last 3 YEARS.  

4. No DUI or DWI violations in the last 5 years.  No more than 1 DUI in the last 15 years and no more than 2 DUI’s in your lifetime.

5. , No open container violations in the last 3 years.

6. No felony convictions in the last 10 years.  All felony convictions must be approved by CRST management.

7. No misdemeanor convictions involving crimes of moral turpitude in the last 3 years.

8. No Felony Possession of Controlled Substance charges ever.

9. Misdemeanor for Possession of Controlled Substances must be outside of 15 years and also must have management approval.

 

Department of Transportation Physical Requirements

     

     There are 13 basic requirements in terms of a driver’s physical condition.  Please         review the following:

1. No loss of foot, leg, hand, or arm.

2. No impairment of hand or finger that interferes with power grasping or no impairment of arm, foot, leg that interferes with the ability to perform normal tasks of driving a motor vehicle.

3. No history of diabetes that requires insulin for control (oral medication is okay).

4. No current diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina, pectoris, coronary insufficiency, thrombosis, or other cardiovascular disease known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse, or congestive heart failure.

5. No history or diagnosis of respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with the ability to control a motor vehicle.

6. No current diagnosis of high blood pressure (140/90 is the maximum) likely to interfere with driving a motor vehicle.

7. No history or current diagnosis of rheumatic, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular, or vascular disease that interferes with the ability to control and operate a motor vehicle.

8. No history or current diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition that is likely to cause loss of consciousness.

9. No mental, nervous, organic or functional disease of psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with operating a motor vehicle.

10. Distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (with glasses or other correction) in each eye, field of vision of at least 70 degrees and the ability to perceive red, yellow, green and amber.

11. Ability to perceive a forced whisper in the better ear at no less than 5 feet, with or without using a hearing aid.

12. No use of a “Schedule 1” drug, amphetamine, narcotic, or any other habit-forming drug.

13. No current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism.

 

SOME BENEFITS of DRIVING for CRST   Expedited

Full benefits include:

Medical coverage from Day One

401k retirement plan after only 90 days,

Paid vacations,

Blue Shield PPO including dental and vision,

Free life insurance,

Twice-a-week paydays,

Per diem tax benefit,

Internet payroll access,

Accident and disability insurance and more!  

 

Safety is #1.  We let you decide whether to run or not, depending on the weather, driver fatigue, if you don’t feel well, etc.

 

Top pay for experienced drivers up to $.49/mile!

 

Very competitive pay (first year average earnings can range from $30k to $40k)!

 

The MOST miles per truck in the industry, great job stability and job security.  CRST has the newest trucks on the road today at less than 18 months old for the average tractor.  And we've NEVER had a layoff!

 

The friendliest freight in the industry (99% no-touch).  Assigned equipment.  80% drop & hook.  100% “dry” van freight.  No refrigeration or flatbeds or rail yards to deal with!  And we pay you for your miles whether your truck is loaded or empty!

How to get Your Class A CDL with CRST

 

CRST is the nation’s largest team carrier and trains thousands of new drivers every year.  We train students to become professional drivers better than anyone else.  We take great pride in bringing many new professional OTR drivers into the industry each year.  However, we don’t own or operate our own schools.  We contract with about 30 independent driver training schools across the country. These schools provide our students with a quality education and training program, which leads to the student’s earning a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) from the state where the school is located.   We send you to a school that regularly trains students for CRST in a 2, 3, or 4-week program.  They lay the foundation for you as a student driver.  Classes generally start every week of the year.  This is Phase I.  

 

After graduating from school, you will attend a 4-day Orientation program at one of CRST’s terminals to prepare you for your actual training on the road.  Orientation is considered Phase II.  When you graduate from Orientation, you will be matched with a CRST Lead Driver (trainer) and enter Phase III.  This is the hands-on finishing program that provides actual on–the-job training.  You will move freight across the nation’s roads and highways, develop your skills and knowledge, and experience life on the road.  After Phase III, you will head to one of our terminals for a one day exit interview and road test.  Afterwards you will be set up with a co-driver (if needed) and go on the road for up to 2 weeks then go home for up to 5 days.

 

You have two choices regarding who pays for your training:  CRST’s company-sponsored training or you may prepay your training costs.  Each has its advantages.  

 

A. Company-sponsored training to get your CDL with an 8-month contract

If you need to obtain your class A CDL, but lack the funds to do so, we offer an outstanding company-sponsored training program.  With no credit checks!  In return, we ask that you work for CRST Expedited for eight months.  At the end of eight months, you are free to stay or leave, it’s that simple.  You will sign an 8-month contract and be what we call a “contract” student.  CRST will not deduct the cost of your training from your paychecks.

 

As you will read later, you will be responsible for paying a CRST processing fee of $50 by means of a money order on the first day of school and any fees related to obtaining your class A permit and license.  These fees vary by state and are usually less than $100, although there are some exceptions.  

Payroll Deductions to Expect

 

The items listed below are paid for by CRST up front. These items are only for costs associated with school.  CRST will pay for transportation and lodging to orientation.  Paycheck deductions will begin after your sixth week of employment with CRST.  Your total payroll deductions will not exceed $40 per week for all of these items combined.

 

1. Bus Ticket to school - This cost depends on the distance traveled.  If you provide your own transportation there will be no deduction.

 

2. DOT Physical/DOT drug and alcohol test - The total cost is $100 ($50 for each).  

 

3. Lodging - The average cost is $150 per week.  If you do not use our lodging, there will be no deduction.  

 

B. Prepayment plan to get your CDL with no contract and a higher starting rate of pay!

Another option to obtain your CDL is to prepay your training costs.  In return, you do not have to sign any contract and you will start driving at a higher rate of pay than a contract student.  (You would be a

“non-contract” student.)  The prepayment amount is $2,500 and must be paid prior to starting school by money order, or it may be charged to a credit card.  Compare this to private truck schools that charge $3,000 to $7,000 for a class A CDL!

 

Under this plan, you do not have to pay the CRST processing fee of $50, for transportation to school, for the physical or drug test, or for lodging.  You do have to pay for any CDL permit or licensing fees.   

 

Preparing to go to a CRST Contract School

Important Documents

 

1. Valid United Sates Driver’s License (If your license has a vision restriction you must bring your glasses and prescription sunglasses if you have them)

2. Valid Social Security Card  (Must be original, can’t be worn or illegible)

3. Acceptable immigration documentation, if you are not a US citizen.

4. Any employment documentation required to complete the CRST driver application (3 personal references, and your recruiter might ask you for unemployment records, tax forms for self-employment, notarized letters, etc.)

5. Voided Check for transfer to your bank account

6. Original copy of Birth Certificate

7. For females, any marriage and divorce certificates

 

Personal Items to Pack

 

1. 7 days of clothes (jeans, sweats, short and long sleeve shirts, coat, winter clothing if necessary)

2. Work Boots/Treaded Hiking shoes (Flip Flops and Sandals are not allowed during training or Orientation). NO cowboy boots, NO smooth-bottom shoes!

3. Work Gloves

4. Hat

5. Sunglasses

6. Battery Powered Alarm Clock

7. Flashlight

8. Toiletries (towels, wash cloths, toothbrush, tooth paste, shaving materials, soap, deodorant, etc.)

9. Bedding for the Truck (sleeping bag or pillows blankets (twin size sheets)

10. Do not bring tools!

11. Notebook, pen, etc

12. Motor Carrier Atlas, Truck Stop Guide and Calculator (CRST   Expedited does offer this Atlas Package for $28 and is mandatory to have- it can be deducted from your payroll at $7.00 a week for 4 weeks)

13. Medication if you are currently taking any

14. Bus Confirmation Number (if taking the Greyhound)

*It is recommended to pack in duffel bags vs. suitcases to stow away easier.

If using a Greyhound bus ticket, one 50-pound and one 25-pound bag are allowed free of charge.

How Much Money Should I Bring?

 

1. $50 Processing Fee, in a money order (contract student).

2. Licensing Fees (these fees will vary from school to school. Please make sure you contact your recruiter for the correct amount needed). $50 to $100 in most cases.

3. Meals (Plan according to how long your school training and orientation will be)

4. Miscellaneous (all other personal purchases such as cigarettes, laundry, etc)

Transportation

 

1.  Bus Ticket

a. If necessary, your CRST recruiter will order a bus ticket through Greyhound. He or she will also provide you with a schedule of when the bus leaves and arrives.

b. Confirmation Number- CRST will provide your bus confirmation number.  Please do not lose.

c. Your recruiter will also provide you with the correct information to be picked up at the Greyhound Station along with contact numbers when you arrive at school.

d. Plan on being at the Greyhound Bus Station at least 1 hour before your departure time.

e. If you plan on providing your own transportation please contact your recruiter for directions.

 

What To Expect At School

 

1. DOT Physical Exam; DOT Drug Screen; and an Agility Test will conducted on the first day of school.

2. 20% will be classroom time and 80% will be driving time.  Expect to be very busy on a full-time basis Mon-Fri, and possibly on a Saturday or Sunday, depending on your training location.  A few schools also offer part-time weekend training and/or evening classes.  Please ask about these locations.

3. Be attentive and take good notes.

4. Keep a positive, professional attitude, for you are on your way to a new career with a CRST Expedited!

5. We require all drivers to obtain their HazMat endorsement within 60 days of their employment.  To expedite this process, those drivers meeting the TSA requirements can get their background checks and fingerprinting done during orientation.  CRST will pay for the cost of the background process.  

6. If you are attending a school out of your state of origin you will be required to transfer your license to the state in which the training school is located.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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