YRC Freight CDL Training Academy
Training the Next Wave of Great American Truck Drivers

Office with a View in EIGHT WEEKS

Drivers are the heart of YRC Freight. If you want to join the best people in transportation and help write the next great chapter in the LTL industry, the YRC Freight CDL Training Academy in Hammond, Ind., is a great place to start.

The YRC Freight CDL Training Academy – which is part of YRC Freight’s commitment to fighting the national driver shortage – is certified by the nonprofit Professional Truck Driver Institute.

You don’t need any professional driving experience. Bring a good attitude and strong work ethic, and we’ll provide the tools to build a great career.

Getting Started

Commit to working for YRC Freight for one year after successfully completing the CDL Training Academy*.

Pass a drug test, Motor Vehicle Report and DOT Physical, and you’ll be enrolled in our brand new CDL Training Academy. From there, you’ll need to pass a criminal background check (if your background check does not meet company qualifications, you may be disqualified from the CDL Training Academy program).

Four Weeks at YRC Freight CDL Training Academy

The program starts with two weeks of classroom work, followed by two weeks of driving as a student.

Four Weeks Paid Training

Once you complete the four-week CDL Training Academy, receive your Class A CDL and Hazmat, Tanker, and Doubles/Triples endorsements; it’s on to four weeks of paid training as an employee of YRC Freight.

Sweet Home Chicago

After completing the CDL Training Academy and four weeks of on-the-job training, you’ll have the opportunity to begin your career as a YRC Freight Linehaul driver, working out of our Chicago Heights, Ill., terminal.

*If a driver does not work for YRC Freight for one year after completing the CDL Training Academy, the tuition for the CDL Training Academy must be repaid.

Great Benefits

  • 100% paid health care for you and your family
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick days
  • Linehaul drivers’ first-year expected income is as much as $60,000-$65,000
  • Out 5 days, home 2 days
  • When the wheels stop moving, we still pay you; hourly pay for breakdown and load delay.



  1. Must be 21 or older.
  2. Must pass DOT drug test, DOT physical, and criminal background check
  3. Must have a current motor vehicle report (MVR) that represents a history of safe operation.
  4. Must have the ability to read, write, and speak English sufficiently to converse with the general public, understand highway and traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, read a bill of lading, and make accurate entries in daily driving log.
  5. Must be able to follow posted safety rules and safe operating procedures to ensure proper techniques, such as lifting, are performed as described.
  6. Must be able to work various shifts and days of the week.  Ability and willingness to work all scheduled hours, including overtime.
  1. Must meet Department of Transportation (DOT) physical requirement.
  2. Ability to stand, sit, walk, and maintain balance for extensive periods of time.
  3. Ability to frequently lift up to 55 lbs. from floor to waist level and horizontally, and carry objects up to 100 feet. Occasionally lift up to 70 lbs. Seldom lift up to 100 lbs.Ability to push/pull up to 129 lbs. for extensive periods of time.
  4. Ability to climb ladders on the tractor and/or trailer(s) and frequently enter and exit the tractor cab.
  5. Ability to perform repetitive tasks; stretch, turn, twist, and reach overhead; bend, crouch, squat, kneel, and stoop for extensive periods of time.
  6. Ability to operate a forklift, dolly, hand truck, pallet truck, carts, and other equipment necessary for loading and unloading freight.

If you want the freedom to do good work and are willing to work for it, join the YRC Freight CDL Training Academy!

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