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Your Journey at CRST

Start your career today
We want your new life with CRST, The Transportation Solution, Inc. to have the best possible beginning, which is why we have provided this step-by-step guide. Many of your questions will be answered on this page. For all other questions, your recruiter will be happy to help.

Expectations for a Fresh Start

School Schedule

Week
ONE

PERMIT
  • Administrative Check-In and Paperwork
  • Drug Screening/DOT Physicals
  • Classroom Time
  • Testing
  • Reviews for 3 Tests
  • Air Brake
  • Combination
  • General Knowledge

Week
TWO

SCHOOL
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Road Skills
  • Backing – Includes Straight, Offset and Alley Dock

Week
THREE

SCHOOL
  • Backing – Practice
  • Coupling/Uncoupling
  • Environment and Situation Training
  • DOT Testing

Week
FOUR

ORIENTATION
  • Orientation
  • Hiring Paperwork
  • Contracts
  • Lead Driver Assignment
  • Final Paperwork
  • Issue ID’s

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 driver application (i.e. unemployment records, tax forms for self-employment, notarized letters, etc.).
  5. Voided check for transfer to your bank account, for those who want to enroll in direct payroll transfer.
  6. State-certified birth certificate* in good condition (no rips or tears) or a valid passport.
    *If the name on your birth certificate does not match your driver’s license you will need to provide proof of name change via documentation (i.e. marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.).

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, and 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 and pen
  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. Please do not bring tools!

Need to Knows

What to expect and how to prepare:
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  1. DOT physical exam, DOT drug screen, and an agility test will be conducted on the first day of school.
  2. 20% of your time will be spent in a classroom and 80% will be spent driving.
  3. Expect to be busy Monday-Friday and possibly weekends, depending on your training location.
  4. Be attentive and take good notes.
  5. Keep a positive, professional attitude – after all, you’re on your way to a new career with CRST!

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 IN WATERLOO IS HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE LOCATED?
    The Hawkeye training building is located at 6433 Hammond Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa. You will be housed at the Baymont Inn & Suites located at 1945 La Porte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702.
  • WHAT IF I ARRIVE IN WATERLOO BY BUS?
    Upon your arrival, please call First Call Taxi at 319-233-8294. The cost of the cab is $10.00. Have them take you to the Baymont Inn & Suites 1945 La Porte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702.
  • HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO BRING TO SCHOOL?
    Bring enough money to cover your evening and weekend meals and personal expenses for the length of your stay. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday-Friday, but you are responsible for providing yourself with dinner. We recommend at least $200-$300.
  • ARE MEALS PROVIDED WHILE IN TRAINING?
    Breakfast and lunch are provided while in training. You will be responsible for providing yourself with dinner. There are many restaurants within walking distance of your room.
  • DO I GO HOME AFTER SCHOOL?
    No, Students will be in training for approximately 3-4 weeks, followed by 30 days with a Driver Mentor. Initial home time scheduling will vary and is determined upon being paired with your Driver Mentor.
  • WHAT KIND OF PAYROLL DEDUCTION SHOULD I EXPECT?
    The items listed below are paid for by CRST upfront. Total payroll deductions will not exceed $40 per week.

    • Bus ticket to school
    • DOT Physical/DOT drug and alcohol test – The total cost is $100
    • Lodging – The average cost is $150* per week. *Actual cost may vary.
  • WHO CAN I CONTACT WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
    Please contact your recruiter with any additional questions. If your recruiter is unavailable, please contact your orientation site.
  • WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO BE HIRED?
    Students will be hired after they have successfully completed training which is usually 4 weeks after your arrival. Non-Contract Drivers are usually hired after 2 weeks.
  • WHAT DO I DO IF MY LUGGAGE WAS LOST?
    If your luggage was lost on the bus, please follow the steps on the Lost Luggage Procedure document.

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Location and Contact Information

Hawkeye Community College
6433 Hammond Ave Waterloo, IA 50702

800-553-2778
Baymont Inn & Suites
1945 La Porte Rd, Waterloo, IA 50702

319-486-1164