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tarheel59's Comment
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Hi everyone, have Class A CDL but, Zero experience. Haven't been in a truck since 2009. The biggest thing that concerns me is if I struggle with something in training, how patient will a company be. Have no clue how I will be in a truck after 8 years. Any thoughts would be appreciated Thanks

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Tarheel59 wrote:

Hi everyone, have Class A CDL but, Zero experience. Haven't been in a truck since 2009. The biggest thing that concerns me is if I struggle with something in training, how patient will a company be. Have no clue how I will be in a truck after 8 years. Any thoughts would be appreciated Thanks

I'd look at and apply to several Company-Sponsored Training Programs and tell them your story. They have heard this before, so at least you have piece of mind they'll understand your situation. Most likely they will either require you to go through the entire process, or offer some version of abbreviated training.

Good luck!

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.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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You might be nervous...but I had never even driven a manual before...so no matter how bad you are...you'll still do better than I did lol

Errol V.'s Comment
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Just to give you an idea of "patience" for your possible struggles, Swift's school policy is you get three tries at test time. If you fail the first round, you get an extra week at school (no extra charges) to practice, then another three trials. Officially they say you can pay down a few hundred bucks on your tuition (so it's really not extra money) and try again. But I've heard of a student from my Chad that got back in for a third test.

Botom line, the school really wants you to pass. It affects their Pass Rate statistic.

And a lot of what you learned will come back anyway. Like that bicycle thing - you never really forget.

tarheel59's Comment
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Thanks everyone for your input. Rainy Day thanks lol

Big T's Comment
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Hi everyone, have Class A CDL but, Zero experience. Haven't been in a truck since 2009. The biggest thing that concerns me is if I struggle with something in training, how patient will a company be. Have no clue how I will be in a truck after 8 years. Any thoughts would be appreciated Thanks

Tarheel I am in the same situation as you. I am returning to the industry after being away since 09. You will be amazed at how quickly things come back to you.

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.
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