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Big Scott's Comment
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Woo Hoooo. I am heading to CFI company sponsored training. My "dog ride" leaves Charlotte NC, at 10:55 AM on the 19th. I will arrive at CFI in Joplin on the 20th. The next morning I check out of that room and get shuttled to take a drug test. They do urine and hair. After that they will take me to the school. They use two schools, I will be going to Truck Dynasty in Missouri. They pay for everything. You do not get paid while in school. This school is 5 weeks. After that, you go to 4 days of orientation, they pay $100 for that. After orientation, you go out with a trainer for 3 weeks. You're dispatched as a solo truck and paid $0.26 CPM. If you have to wait for a trainer they pay $75.00 per day. After you get your truck you get paid $0.33 CPM. Then a pay increase every 3 months so that at one year you will be making $0.40 CPM. You need your DOT and permit before you go. You will also need your Hazmat endorsement, which must be done within 120 days of working for them. Save your receipts for these and they will reimburse you. That is what I have for now. Once I get to school I will start a training diary.

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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

DOT:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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.

Pianoman's Comment
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Congrats Big Scott! Best of luck in school and on the road.

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Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks you very much.

Congrats Big Scott! Best of luck in school and on the road.

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Old School's Comment
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Well Big Scott, it's been a long time coming! I'm really glad for ya!

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Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks Old School. I have to thank you and all the people on this site for the education that has helped me prepare for this journey. I am both excited and nervouse.

Gladhand's Comment
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It's about time haha! Good luck man, be ready to learn. At first backing will seem totally impossible, but as you read on here, eventually it becomes second nature!

Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks Gladhand. I know backing will be fun. I have backed trailers behind pickups. I know it's not the same, but the steerin and movement are similar. I am excited to learn and develope the skills. I am am looking forward to it all.

Big Scott's Comment
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Well, it has been a very emotional day. Life threw us a curve, but didn't knock us down. My bus is scheduled to leave Charlotte at 10:55 am. I have everything packed except what I need for the morning and will throw those last minute things in my back pack. I'll update as I can from the road. Stay safe.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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Best of luck at Conway. Looking forward to hearing about the new (old) Conway. ;)

Big Scott's Comment
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Best of luck at Conway. Looking forward to hearing about the new (old) Conway. ;)

Thanks. They are CFI. CFI is back, Here's the video

Fm:

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.
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