CDL Training Program

A better career is out there. Maverick's CDL Training Program will help you get started!

Maverick Transportation is committed to helping hard-working people like you find a new career. If you feel like you’re ready to make a change, we’re here to help you enjoy a career that offers more freedom, more pay, and more job satisfaction! Maverick is proud to sponsor Commercial Driver’s License training through our new Driving Academy and partner school in Arkansas. Maverick Driving Academy is located at our campus in North Little Rock, AR. Our CDL training program offers a seamless path to become a professional truck driver with Maverick.

Join a leader in the transportation industry today!

CDL Training Program


  • Housing & Prepaid Card provided
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
  • First year average potential up to $76,000!

Pay and Benefits
  • Starting Pay $.55–$.58 per mile (depending on division)
  • $.02 per mile pay increase at 3 mos, $.02 pay increase at 6 mos
  • Weekly Minimum Guarantee Pay* (once solo) NEW INCREASE!
  • Addt'l $.01 per mile Pay for Performance Bonus Introductory/New Hire Rate
  • Pay increases up to 5 years
  • $750 PRE (Pre-Employment Evaluation Pay) with travel, lodging, breakfast and lunch provided
  • $700 per week Business Unit Training Pay (after school)
  • $400 Graduation Pay (paid out on first dispatch)
  • $1,000-$2,000 Driver Referral Bonus
    • Based upon experience of hired driver
    • Drivers who are considered a rehire are not eligible for the referral bonus payout
  • GI Bill™ OJT approved!
  • Excellent home time!
  • Flatbed and Glass Division openings (dependent on hiring area)
  • Paid Weigh Station Bypass & Tolls
  • Pay for Performance Bonus Program (up to $.06 per mile bonus)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Modern, well-maintained equipment
  • Passenger Authorization Program
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan + match
  • Health/Dental Insurance & Rx card
  • Paid Life Insurance Policy

*Weekly Guarantee Pay - Flatbed and Glass OTR Divisions

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the CDL School and training?

As a CDL student, after completing our 5-day paid PRE (Pre-Employment Evaluation) in North Little Rock, AR – you will receive a tuition offer. After PRE (Pre-Employment Evaluation), your CDL course will be up to 4 weeks and then you will complete Maverick’s industry-leading training program. You will then begin required Business Unit Training at our corporate headquarters in North Little Rock, AR (up to two weeks, depending on division) followed by OTR training. You will also receive extended home time after schooling before your OTR training begins. 

What is provided during school and do I get paid?

Travel, housing, breakfast and lunch are provided. In addition, you will receive a prepaid card as part of your sponsorship to assist you with any additional expenses. 

When does paid training begin?

Maverick’s PRE (Pre-Employment Evaluation) and student training program pays $700 per week and this begins after you accept job offer upon completion of CDL School. 

What will it cost me?

Maverick’s CDL Training program consists of signing a tuition loan agreement of $8,000. This will cover your tuition, housing, meals, tablet and additional equipment while in the program. When repaying Maverick for the loan, you will be responsible for paying $40 a week for 85 weeks. After this, you would have paid Maverick back a total of $3,400. At this point, you have paid in all you will be required to pay. Maverick will continue to forgive $40/week through 115 weeks. Keep in mind, this contract is for 115 weeks or 27 months. Should your employment with Maverick end before you complete your contract, you will owe Maverick the remaining balance.

What are the requirements to become a Maverick driver?

You must be at least 21 years old and live within the hiring area. Your driving record and hiring criteria must match up with Maverick's requirements and will be evaluated when you apply with us.

What is the best way to fill out an application?

You have several options. You can apply directly online, download an application by clicking on the printable application link (top of the page) or call us at 800-289-1100 and a recruiter can mail, email or fax you an application. 

How does the application process work?

When you submit your application, it will be evaluated and we will contact you to review your application and begin processing. We will then order your background reports and verify past employment. Once this process is complete, we will send your application to our hiring committee for final approval.

What is your policy on traffic tickets and criminal background?

At Maverick we have our own point system we use to evaluate your Motor Vehicle Report. We also have a policy regarding criminal convictions and evaluate each applicant on a case-by-case basis.

Can my significant other ride with me? What about animals?

Maverick's passenger authorization program allows one rider at a time, 13 years of age & older and is no cost to you. We do not allow animals in our trucks.

When can I get medical benefits and how much do they cost?

Medical benefits are available to you the first day of the month following 60 days of employment. For example, if you are hired on May 21st, then your insurance will be effective August 1st. The weekly cost for medical coverage is:

  • $47.25= Single
  • $134.00 = Family
  • $114.50 = Employee + Spouse only
  • $114.50 = Employee + Children only

Other benefits include: dental, vision, 401(k) + match, employer paid company life insurance, additional voluntary life options, disability insurance, employer paid employee assistance program, paid vacation time, section 125 cafeteria plan, and credit union membership.

What speed are your trucks set at?

Maverick trucks are set at 65 miles per hour.

Where are your facilities located?

Maverick's home office is located in North Little Rock, AR. We have facilities in Portage, IN; Madison, IL; Green Bay, WI; Laurinburg, NC; Fort Smith, AR; Church Hill, TN and Burkburnett, TX.

Where will my training take place?

Maverick's training facility is located in North Little Rock, AR.

Will I get to take my truck home with me?

Yes, on home time you can take the tractor home with you.

Let us help you achieve the career goals you’ve committed yourself to. Contact Maverick Transportation now to learn more about our CDL Sponsorship Program!