CHANGE YOUR LIFE

WITH CRST

Start your career today

We want your new life with CRST Expedited to have the best possible beginning, which is why we provide this step-by-step site. Many of your questions will be answered on this page. For all other questions, your recruiter is happy to help.

Expectations for a Fresh Start

Orientation Schedule

Week
ONE

  • Check-in & paperwork
  • Drug screening &
  • DOT physicals
  • Hours of Service Training and Test
  • Qualcomm Training
  • Road Test and CSA Study

Week
TWO

  • Hazmat Certification Training
  • Trip Planning and Permits
  • Driver Wellness
  • Air Freight Certification and Value-Driven Driving
  • Agility Test and Seasonal Training

Week
THREE

  • Maintenance and Safety Briefings
  • Payroll and Driver Benefits
  • Sales and Customer Service Briefings
  • Trip Document Scanning
  • Contracts

Week
FOUR

  • Account-Specific Training
  • Student Welcome Call and Operations Call
  • DMV and Road Test
  • Student Assignment and Comfort Zone Policy
  • Final Paperwork and Issue IDs

What You’ll Need to Bring

Be prepared to bring the following items on your first day of training.

Important Documents

You must have the following important documents with you:
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  1. Valid United States driver’s license.
  2. Valid social security card. In order to be valid the card must be in original and good condition. It cannot be laminated or be a photocopy.
  3. Acceptable immigration documentation if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  4. Any employment documentation required to complete the CRST Expedited driver application (i.e. unemployment records, tax forms for self-employment, notarized letters, etc.).
  5. Voided check for transfer to your bank account, if you want to enroll in direct payroll transfer.

What to Pack

We suggest you bring the following personal items with you:
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  1. 7 or more days of clothes including jeans, sweats, short- and long-sleeve shirts, coat, winter clothing if necessary.
  2. Work boots or treaded hiking shoes. Sandals, flip flops, cowboy boots, and smooth-bottom shoes are not allowed!
  3. Work gloves, hat, sunglasses, battery-powered alarm clock & flashlight.
  4. Personal toiletries needed for your time in the truck.
  5. Bedding for the truck including sleeping bag, pillows, blankets, twin size sheets.
  6. Notebook, pen, etc.
  7. Motor carrier atlas, truck stop guide, and calculator.
  8. Medications, if you are currently taking any.
  9. Bus or rental car confirmation number.
  10. Money for personal items. This would include laundry, evening and weekend meals, and any other items you need to purchase while in training.
  11. Do not bring tools!

Need to Knows

What to expect and how to prepare:
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  1. Transportation: If necessary, your CRST recruiter will order a bus ticket or rental car. If you plan on providing your own transportation, please contact your recruiter for directions. Those who leave the program are responsible for their own transportation.
  2. English Language: Drivers must be able to read, write and understand English.
  3. Foreign-Born Applicants: Apart from proper documentation, your INS card must be current and cannot expire for at least six months.
  4. Team Driving: CRST Expedited drives in teams only.
  5. Hometime Policy: One day off for each week you are on the road with a maximum of four days off with the truck. You will be expected to be away from home for 3-4 weeks at a time. *Hometime varies based on division and route types.
  6. Money: Enough to cover meals outside of what the orientation site provides, plus personal expenses.
  7. Alcohol: We have a ZERO tolerance policy toward the use of alcohol anytime and anywhere while training/working.

A Life-Changing Decision

The decision to join CRST was one of the best I've ever made. My first year really catapulted my driving career and now I mentor the next generation of drivers.

FAQs

  • WHERE IS THE CRST EXPEDITED TERMINAL LOCATED IN CEDAR RAPIDS?
    The main building is at 3930 16th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. The training building is at 3750 16th Avenue, SW.
  • WHAT IF I ARRIVE IN CEDAR RAPIDS BY BUS?
    Call 1-800-366-8460 upon arriving at the bus station, for a direct CRST shuttle.
  • WHAT IF I ARRIVE IN CEDAR RAPIDS BY RENTAL CAR?
    Return the car to the Cedar Rapids – Eastern Iowa Regional Airport 2121 Arthur Collins Pkwy SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 and then call the CRST shuttle at 1-800-366-8460.
  • WHAT TIME DOES ORIENTATION START?
    Orientation starts at 7:00 am in Classroom 1 in the training center.
  • HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO BRING TO ORIENTATION?
    Bring enough money to cover your evening meals and personal expenses for the length of your stay.
  • WHERE DO I EAT DURING ORIENTATION?
    We offer breakfast and lunch, but dinner is up to you. There are many restaurants within walking distance of your room.
  • DO I GO HOME AFTER ORIENTATION?
    No. You’ll be on the road for approximately 28 days after orientation.
  • WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUESTION?
    You should contact your recruiter with any questions. If your recruiter is unavailable, contact your orientation site.
  • WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO BE HIRED?
    At the end of orientation – 4 days.
  • WHAT DO I DO IF MY LUGGAGE GOT LOST?
    If your luggage got lost on the bus, you will need to follow the steps on the Lost Luggage Procedure document.

Location and Contact Information

CRST Cedar Rapids Terminal
3930 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

800-553-2778