0-2 Months’ Experience
Our trainee program is designed specifically for drivers who have a valid CDL-A but have little to no experience. Our full training program includes 1 week in a classroom, 1 week with a local trainer, and 2 weeks with an OTR trainer. Trainees can expect to be routed home once they have successfully completed the 4 week program.
Trainees receive $450/week payments. For the 6 months after your training, you will frequently check in with a mentor in the training department to help ensure your success.
To qualify you must have obtained your CDL in the past 90 days and have your certificate of completion. You also cannot have any moving violations, accidents/incidences or warnings in a CMV.
3-5 Months’ Experience
If you have 3-5 months of verifiable experience, we will send you through our Apprentice Program. This is an expedited training program that includes 1 week of extended orientation and truck training. You’ll get started on a Monday with orientation, and seated and in a truck by that Friday!
Trainees with 3-5 months of prior experience receive a $500 transition bonus upon completion of training.
To qualify, you must have a clean driving record, your CDL-A must have been issued in the past 12 months, your verified experience must have occurred in the past 12 months, and you’ve had no more than 2 driving jobs in that time.
Celadon hosts orientation at our Indianapolis headquarters. Orientation for trainees and apprentices takes place every Monday. Drivers receive $125 orientation pay on their first paycheck after their first dispatch. Any driver who joins the team with 3+ months’ experience and attends orientation also receives a $500 transition pay to help with the transition into a new career! The $500 will also be paid out on the first paycheck after orientation.
Celadon’s Tuition Reimbursement Program
Attend any CDL training school of your choice and upon graduation, you can expect to have a job with Celadon. We will send you through our Trainee Program, and we even offer CDL tuition reimbursement for recent graduates. We’ll pay you $62.50/week until your full school amount has been reimbursed. You must have a certificate and a receipt from your school in order to apply.
Roadside Chat: Company Driver Nicole Moses
“I love it! I love driving and seeing places I’ve never seen before. You learn a lot about who you are out on the road. My daughter will say that one minute she’ll talk to me and I’ll be in Virginia and three days later she’ll talk to me again and I’ll be in California. She is like, “It’s crazy, I never know where you are!” I absolutely love my DM, Wendy, she is awesome! She keeps me running so I am sticking with her.”
Nicole Moses, Company Driver
In order to find out if you pre-qualify, here are Celadon’s basic hiring requirements:
- Be at least 21.5 years old at the time of the application
- 0-2 months of verifiable T/T experience, must have earned CDL in last 90 days
- 3-5 months of verifiable T/T experience in past 9 months
- >6 months of verifiable tractor/trailer experience in the past 36 months
- Hold a valid Class-A CDL, issued by the applicant’s state of residence
- Good driving record
- No DWI, DUI, careless or reckless driving convictions in the past 5 years
- No hit-and-run convictions in the past 10 years
- No current parole/probation status or warrants for your arrest
- No current license suspension