How to Get Started

See our most frequently-asked questions (and answers) below.

Have you considered getting a CDL? Call us today and your assigned recruiter and student coordinator will tell you how to get your CDL and will guide you through every step. See below to learn how this works. Call us to find out how to get started.

You can get your CDL onsite at the PAM headquarters! PAM’s new onsite CDL school offers the ultimate opportunity to start your trucking career off on the right foot. Meet other drivers, check out the equipment, and learn the PAM culture to get yourself closer to a driving seat with PAM.

Call (888) 487-9296 or text (479) 358-7625 to talk to us!

NEW! Get $100 a Week While in School

Our onsite CDL school is now offering a weekly $100 stipend for all new students. You’ll get a $100 Walmart gift card each week for 3 weeks of school. That’s $300 in gift cards you can use to help with living expenses during school.*

What to Expect

Before You Start School
While most truck driving companies are reluctant to take on new recruits, training drivers is part of PAM’s mission. We look forward to helping you get your CDL. Apply now using the form on this page, and start your new truck driving career!

  • Apply today and start working with your PAM recruiter.
  • Then we’ll walk you through your background checks, DOT physical, and drug screening.
  • Then your recruiter and student coordinator will set you up with everything you need to start your virtual and on-campus CDL training.

CDL School: Week 1-3

  • You’ll learn all the requirements for completion of the course and for obtaining your CDL, starting with how to plan your trips with maps and log books.
  • You’ll also learn how to conduct vehicle inspections, both pre- and post-trip.
  • Most importantly, you’ll learn best practices to safely get from point A to point B, such as how to safely back up tractor trailers and secure them, along with defensive driving techniques.

After You Graduate

  • Once you get your CDL, you can start PAM’s Straight to Seat Orientation, which you can do on-line anywhere, on your own time, on-demand!
  • When you’re ready to begin your on-the-road training, we’ll make arrangements for you to meet your Driver Mentor, so you can continue your training.

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We’ll guide you on your new career journey, starting with your CDL!

Apply online and start working with your PAM recruiter.
Travel to Tontitown, Arkansas, to start school in person.
Complete school hours and pass the CDL test!
Upgrade testing and orientation.
Upgrade to 1st seat driver and get your own truck!
Obtain your CDL permit and start your virtual class.
Continue with 3 weeks of school, which will consist of:
  • Classroom instruction
  • Driving range: backing practice
  • Out on the road with an instructor
Continue your driver training with your PAM Driver Mentor.
Advancement opportunities include:
  • Dedicated
  • Team
  • Mentor
  • Lease Purchase

CDL Training: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I receive pay while I am in CDL school?

You start receiving pay once you have finished school, have your CDL and are ready to be picked up by your PAM Driver Mentor.**

How will I get to school? Who pays for my travel and lodging?

You can drive yourself or PAM can get you a bus ticket. We will cover the cost of the bus ticket and an Uber to get you from the bus station to the hotel. PAM will provide a shuttle to and back from CDL school each day. We will also pay for your hotel room while you are in school.

Am I required to have my permit before I arrive at CDL school?

Yes, you are required to have the permit before you come to campus. But you will do an online class to help prepare for the permit test if you do not already have your permit. We will send you the study and practice material you need to get started.

What is the cost for truck driving school?

As long as you fulfill your commitment to work for us for 1 year after you graduate from school, PAM will cover 100% of the cost of your tuition. Your only out-of-pocket expense will be the state testing fee, which is $50.

How long does it take to get started in truck driving school?

Typically, you can start school within a week or two after your application is received.

What kind of driving positions are available to me after I finish truck driving school?

PAM runs OTR, dedicated and local positions. You can apply for any position that you are eligible for, after you finish your training. Our operations department will help you find the opportunity that is the best fit for you.

Will I have to go out with a trainer after I finish school?

We do require you to go out with one of our experienced PAM Driver Mentors for a minimum of 18 days after you finish school and before you get assigned to your own truck.

*CDL School Stipend Terms & Conditions *$100 weekly stipend is paid each Friday.
**Drivers must meet all pre-employment qualifications and requirements before they begin paid training with their PAM Driver Mentor.