Preparing You for Success on the Road
Covenant is an excellent starting place for a long and prosperous driving career. We’re committed to providing a strong training program, top-notch equipment, a talented staff of over 250 trainers and 71 Master Trainers, along with a corporate culture that values each individual through our dedication to CARE: a focus on communication, attitude, respect and excellence.
We offer you everything you need to get out on the road quickly, safely and profitably:
Student Website – Get all the details you need before you arrive at orientation from our special website www.welcome2covenant.com.
Orientation – We provide free transportation, lodging and meals and the essential training you need to get on the road as quickly as possible.
Student Training Program – You’ll be teamed with an experienced driver who’ll help you hone your skills at operating a tractor-trailer as well as making the adjustment to life as an over-the-road driver.
You begin the program by going out with a Certified Trainer to complete 35 training segments. Typically a segment is equivalent to 1 day and Phase 1 typically takes 35-42 days. Once complete you will go to one of our terminals do to an Upgrade to Phase 2. Once your Upgrade is complete, most drivers choose to take some home time.
PAY: $450 a week ($525 a week if hazmat endorsed)
You will spend 90 days with another Phase 2 driver to strengthen your skills while having an extra set of eyes to ensure safety on the road. Most drivers have met someone through CDL School or Phase 1 that they want to partner with during Phase 2 but we have a matching system in case you haven’t found the right person yet.
PAY: $.16 per mile on all miles truck runs
BONUS OPPORTUNITIES: Most drivers have received their hazmat by the beginning of Phase 2 and therefore receive: $.03 per mile hazmat pay, $700 per week guaranteed minimum
• VACATION: $500 per week of earned vacation, up to 4 weeks after 7
years of employment
• HOLIDAYS: $50 for each of 7 national holidays after 12 months of
• HAZMAT TEAM PAY: $.03 per mile to each hazmat-endorsed team
driver for all miles the truck runs
• CLEAN DOT INSPECTIONS: $75 each
• REFERRAL BONUSES: Qualified solo $500; qualified team $1,500;
qualified hazmat team $3,000
• Graduation – Run as a team in Team XL Division or transfer to one of our other divisions or transfer to one of our sister carriers, SRT and Star
Becoming a Team
Many drivers apply as a team, but if you don’t already have a driving partner, we can help you find someone who has similar goals and values. Through Buddy Plan, you and a CDL-graduate friend can be trained together as a team by a current Covenant trainer. Our Family Plan offers you the opportunity to train a family member to be your team partner. Call a recruiter for full details.