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Ernest S.'s Comment
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Hi just signed in as a new member. Am really interested to be a truck driver. I learnt of the new company sponsored training. My sincere question is, can this apply for other citizens other than canadians?

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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This website is for U.S. citizens only. You have to be a U.S. citizen to get a CDL and drive commercially in the U.S.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rick S.'s Comment
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This website is for U.S. citizens only. You have to be a U.S. citizen to get a CDL and drive commercially in the U.S.

Actually - U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder), or certain specific types of Visa's with work authorization.

You also pretty much have to hold a regular U.S. Drivers License for at least a year prior to being able to obtain a CDL. And non-citizens have a much more difficult time (if at all) obtaining HazMat Endorsement & TWIC Card (a requirement for many companies).

Depending on your country of origin, meeting the requirements to obtain a CDL are going to be very difficult. Right now, as you may have observed - depending on your country of origin, GETTING INTO THE U.S. AT ALL, may be quite difficult - and coming to the U.S. to solely to work at a profession that U.S. citizens can do - is going to also be more difficult now. Not to sound all xenophobic - but this is a policy I agree with.

So while the owner if this sites answer was pretty cut and dry - there's a reason for it.

Please feel free to read the site. If you are already a lawful permanent resident (green card) or are lawfully in the country with permission to work, perhaps we can answer questions. We aren't immigration experts, so aside from that...

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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