Free CDL training classes are offered through several company sponsored training programs. National transport companies such as Swift, FFE Transportation Services, Prime Inc., Roehl Transport Incorporated, and Knight offer free CDL certification.
While the initial cost of CDL training may be free, some companies require employees to pay back the costs incurred while training them. Some companies require employees to pay back tuition directly from their paycheck. Others ask employees to sign an agreement pledging they will work for the company for a certain amount of time as repayment for training. Those who terminate employment, either voluntarily or involuntarily, are responsible for repaying the cost of CDL training in cash.
Obtaining a CDL, or a commercial driver's license, presents many career opportunities but requires a great deal of effort on the part of the driver to gain and maintain certification. Before a CDL is granted, the driver's driving record is meticulously examined as far back as 10 years from the date of application. Once the CDL is earned, the driver must avoid traffic major offenses and traffic violations, including railroad-highway grade crossing offenses and the violation of out-of-service orders and implied consent laws. Additionally, the driver's CDL will be revoked if caught driving with a CDL from a decertified state or with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04 percent or higher.