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Shawn 's Comment
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Seems getting into a training program to drive isn't as easy as the internet implies. Would i have a better chance being accepted if I lived closer to a companies terminal. I've applied to a couple smaller companies companies, but, Is where I live factored in when I'm being considered? I'm assuming that they think I'll want to go home at sometime?

Terminal:

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.

C T.'s Comment
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Hello and welcome. Several factors are included here. These include location in relation to their freight lanes, their insurance has to accept your driving record, age etc. Have you had any recent accidents, tickets, dui? All has to be considered. Who have you applied to?

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Brian M.'s Comment
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Shawn finding smaller companies that have company sponsored schools are few and far between and living near a terminal isn't necessary in order for you to receive hometime.

Your first order of business should be finding out what company driving schools allow students located in your state or area ( all of which can be found on this website). Then look at that list and find decide which company offers you the best opportunities for your lifestyle and career.

All of the larger companies that offer in house training will give you hometime and most have the same 1 day hometime accrued per week policy. Some allow you only 4 days at a time some 5. Some companies are better at getting you home on time then others. Of course most of the time it's not the company but your respective dispatcher or fleet manager that drops the ball.

Your goal right now shouldn't be worrying about hometime right now. Find a company drive for a year or preferably 2 with them and as long as you've been a safe efficient driver doors will open for you in your area.

Terminal:

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Shawn, have you looked here? Company-Sponsored Training Programs

Here is my training diary with CFI. CFI was XPO. Try some of the bigger companies who hire from every state. Good luck.

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.

Shawn 's Comment
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I've been researching some of the companies on here, my first was CR, they just made it sound a little too easy, beeen watching you tube, googling company reviews etc

Shawn, have you looked here? Company-Sponsored Training Programs

Here is my training diary with CFI. CFI was XPO. Try some of the bigger companies who hire from every state. Good luck.

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.

Shawn 's Comment
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First wqas CR England, Driver Solutions said they would pick me up for Pam, I've found a couple on here, Caledon sounded like a decent place, I just want to make sure when I get out there they don't start weeding the applicants and say, we need to talk about something..... know what i mean

Hello and welcome. Several factors are included here. These include location in relation to their freight lanes, their insurance has to accept your driving record, age etc. Have you had any recent accidents, tickets, dui? All has to be considered. Who have you applied to?

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Big Scott's Comment
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Do you have a past? You can safely discuss it here. For the most part, companies that take you for training will hire you. The main things that will get you sent home are failing a drug test, lying on your application, not being able to pass physical or showing up without all the necessary paperwork. Be truthful on your application and with your recruiter. Make sure you can pass a drug test. Bring all the required paperwork. I hope that helps.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Shawn 's Comment
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I've had a dui in the past, is it possible for them to run a background before the bus ride out there, seems it would save somebody the price of a bus ticket, I've been looking around to see if I can pull a background check on myself but no luck so far

Do you have a past? You can safely discuss it here. For the most part, companies that take you for training will hire you. The main things that will get you sent home are failing a drug test, lying on your application, not being able to pass physical or showing up without all the necessary paperwork. Be truthful on your application and with your recruiter. Make sure you can pass a drug test. Bring all the required paperwork. I hope that helps.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Usually they run a "cheap" background before hand. Then they run a more extensive one when you get there.

They will weed people out. The DUI will make it tougher, but not impossible. It also depends on how long ago your conviction was. Companies will differ on this.

Be up front about the DUI. Good luck

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Big Scott's Comment
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How long ago was the DUI?

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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