2 Week CDL Training Knight Transportation

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Boxermom's Comment
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First and foremost, Thank you TT for being here! So much useful,accurate and positive information. About 5 weeks ago I got my DOT physical and passed the CDLP test at the local DMV. Comlpeted the DQP in the Reno terminal , which consisted of some lectures, videos, handouts, hair follicle and urine drug tests and another physical. Once my drug tests came back clean I was scheduled for CDL training in Phoenix, AZ. Knight does not pay for transportation or lodging so I drove there, luckily I found someone to share a room with. Class starts at 6am. The instructor went over some paperwork with us (there were 9 students) we watched videos,went out to the driving pad to learn pre-trip. There was so much new information and anxiety in my case that I didn't retain much of the pre-trip, since it all was foreign to me. I've been doing hair and nails for the past 20 years!!! LOL Each day was similar, adding in some driving and backing skills, there was quite a bit of waiting to use the trucks for backing practice. So in the meantime we would usually pair up and practice pre-trip. On Thursday we were tested on our pre-trip. I still didn't have my mind wrapped around it. It was an overwhelming bunch of repetitive information that was not making sense to me, at least not enough to verbalize to the extent they require. There were many students senior to me who were trying to help, but many gave conflicting instructions. I very much appreciated the help, but was overwhelmed. Friday was a short day, more of the same plus a safety class. No class on Saturday and Sunday however a senior classmate offered to help me over the weekend. Our instructor set us up with a truck we could have access to but not move. We worked a couple hours each day, oh, what a difference that made for me!!!!!! The next week my class was out in the yard the whole time, practicing backing, pre-trip and driving. I did fantastic on my pre-trip test!!! The official CDL test with the examiner went well, I missed 3 on pre-trip, no points on backing, and passed the driving part. Back to Reno,NV to the DMV to get my CDL! and wait for my trainer.


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.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Roadpilot's Comment
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Sorry to resurrect an older post, but are they still paying $400/WK to defray the costs of the Hotel or is it all on you?

Natedog1971's Comment
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Hey Roadpilot,

Knight is still paying the $400 for weeks 2-3 to defray the cost of lodging, however anyone coming from California Knight is required to offer to finance the cost of lodging taking your total tuition obligation from $3,000 to $3750 for the 3 weeks. Nice option if you are on a tight budget and you still get the $400/wk.

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