Getting Started at Premier Truck Driving School for C.R. England
Tuesday, Nov 14 2017 Staff Writer
Choosing a trucking school is a major step in the right direction for your truck driving career. Some schools are sponsored by trucking companies, which saves you thousands of dollars. Plus, once you graduate from these truck driver training programs, you have your foot in the door of the sponsoring company. One of the biggest trucking companies in the US has its own trucking school. Find out everything you need to know to get started with training at the C.R. England Premier Truck Driving School.
About C.R. England
Before you decide to attend the C.R. England Premier Truck Driving School, you need to know a little bit about this trucking company. After all, you’ll be contracted and obligated to drive for the company once you graduate from the school. So, you have to make sure you’re a good fit, and the company is where you want to work. C.R. England has been around since 1920 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
C.R. England is a family-owned trucking company with four generations of Englands at the helm. The current CEO at C.R. England is Chad England, who has been working at the company since he was 14. He literally worked his way up by getting his CDL and serving as the driver manager and several other leadership roles. This means that you’d be driving for a CEO who has been behind the wheel and understands what it means to be a trucker.
C.R. England is a refrigerated carrier that focuses on frozen and cold hauls. If you drive for C.R. England, you will operate a reefer trailer that requires specialized skills. This type of trailer is a dry van or box trailer with a refrigeration unit attached to it. You are responsible for maintaining and checking the reefer unit, which must be maintained at a set temp throughout the route from pick-up to delivery. Types of refrigerated hauls include fresh produce, frozen meat, and products that must be kept from getting too hot when in transit. This could include medical products, polymers, or heat sensitive technology.
Premier Truck Driving School Locations
Now that you know what to expect when driving for C.R. England, the next step is to find a trucking school location. Premier Truck Driving Schools are located in:
- Burns Harbor, Indiana
- Richmond, Indiana
- Cedar Hill, Texas
- Fontana, California
- Theodore, Alabama
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Atlanta, Georgia
Take heed that there is also another trucking school by the name of Premier CDL Training Services, LLC. This school is located in Granite City, Freeport, Peoria, and Bradley, Illinois. Premier CDL Training is not affiliated in any way with C.R. England.
How to Sign Up
Once you choose a location where you would like to attend C.R. England Premier Truck Driving Schools, you will need to sign up. Here are the steps to take:
- Fill out a driver application The application has four parts—contact information, personal information, motor vehicle report, and work history.
- The school will report back to you regarding your eligibility and the nearest trucking school with openings for students.
- If you need to travel for trucking school, you will be provided with travel and lodging paid for by C.R. England. Travel is provided by Greyhound bus and lodging is in hotels near the school or in a dorm at the Salt Lake City school.
Driver Requirements for Trucking School
To be eligible for trucking school with C.R. England, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- Must be at least 21
- Have a clean driving record
- Have a good work history including three years of employment
- Must pass a drug test via the DOT for your CDL, as well as pre-hiring drug testing for C.R. England
- Must be healthy and in good condition to pass the DOT physical exam for getting a CDL
- Must pass the road test by C.R. England
- Must have your original Social Security card, which cannot be laminated
- Must have an official birth certificate with raised seal or a US Passport
- Must have your driver’s license and can include a one-year temporary license as long as it has your photo on it
- Must not have a criminal record or must provide court documents pertaining to your case upon request
If you meet all of these requirements, then you should be able to enroll in trucking school at C.R. England. There are instances when the truck driver training classrooms are booked to the max. In this case, you’ll be placed on a waiting list or required to attend another trucking school location.
What to Expect at Trucking School
Once you arrive at trucking school and you’ve unpacked your luggage, it's time to get to business. You are going to be in the classroom for 17 days, and this will include truck driver orientation for the company. You will learn everything you need to be able to take and successfully pass the CDL exam. However, this is not the end of your training period.
Phase I and II of Truck Driver Training
Then you enter Phase I of training, which is a one-month program during which you earn $10 per hour for an average pay of $500 per week. During this phase, you will get some behind-the-wheel time, as well as not-driving time in which you learn more about loading, maintenance, etc.
After you have completed this phase, you transfer to Phase II. This phase lasts for about a month and a half depending on your progress and how many trucking jobs are available to you in that area. You will continue driving in Phase II, until you are provided with a full-time truck driving job with C.R. England. This phase pays 28 cents per mile, which is split with a trainer you will be driving with during this time. Your average pay will be $578.
Advanced Lead and Truck Driver Trainer Positions
If you are still in Phase II after four months due to lack of opportunities, then you are placed in the Phase II Advanced Lead post. Here you will earn an extra 4 cents per mile for a total of 32 CPM, giving you an average of $753 a week.
After working in Phase II for six months, you automatically become a driver trainer, which is one of the highest paying trucking jobs in the company. Of course, in most instances, you’ll be put into the solo driving position much sooner due to the high demand for truck drivers at C.R. England.
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