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Are you going to document your school and training under the "CDL Training Diaries"? Please do. I read all the updates everyday.

Yes I will. I start school Monday and plan on starting my training diary Monday evening. I will be doing my training at Truck Dynasty Driving Academy. CFI also uses Crowder College for training.

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.
Joshua's Comment
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Are you going to document your school and training under the "CDL Training Diaries"? Please do. I read all the updates everyday.

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Yes I will. I start school Monday and plan on starting my training diary Monday evening. I will be doing my training at Truck Dynasty Driving Academy. CFI also uses Crowder College for training.

So they sent you there almost a week before your first day? That sucks! Most companies have you travel on Sunday (or Saturday depending on distance) before the Monday that you start.

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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They get students to Joplin the Thursday night before class. On Friday you go to CFI HQ to take drug tests, sign your contract and feed you lunch. If you are going to the Crowder school you go back to the hotel and Saturday morning they take you to the school. If you are going to school at Truck Dynasty they ship you back to Springfield. The cab from the bus station to the hotel in Springfield is free. So, I'm here on there dime. The only thing I had to pay so far is any snacks I decided to buy along the way and my dinner last night. I had to pay fir the cab from the Joplin bus station to the hotel, but they paid me back for that today in cash. Also, I knew all of this before I committed to them and left home. I am very happy with my choice so far. I have been researching this industry for at least four years and I am confident in my preparedness. I hope my information helps others as they prepare for their journey.

Joshua's Comment
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Well that's not as bad as it initially sounded. At first it sounded like they just had you sitting in a hotel room for a week.

Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks. Everyone treated us very nice. Anyone who had questions had them answered. Anyone who had any issues were handled quickly. They made us feel very welcome and like they were truely happy for us to be there. I am committed for at least one year. After that year my wife and I will decide if I should stay on the road.

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Training diary started.

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