Most Important Things To Consider When Choosing Training Company?

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Michael B.'s Comment
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Hi. I'm Michael and I'm still researching companies that train to get my CDL-A. I am trying to make a list of the most important questions I should ask the recruiter in order to make the best informed decision I can. . I have been told to ask about the things that matter the most to me which makes alot of sense but there are so many factors that I have no idea about that I worry I will overlook something major. If you were to start over what questions do you wish you would have asked before choosing a training company?

Here's a few pieces of information that may give you more insight as to my situation. I don't have children or a relationship so I am not very worried about home time(or at least I don't value it very much right now). My bills at home are very low and if the money is decent to good I will want to capitalize on it as much as possible by staying out for long periods of time. I would really like the opportunity to take home time in places that are not my home state.

Here are a few of the questions I can think of right now. I haven't made an actual list but I will be making one soon to make comparing companies a bit more organized. (Also how much weight do the answers I get from recruiters actually hold? Can they just outright lie to me?)

Does the company pay during first stages of training and how soon after arriving would I receive money?

How much is the pay during TnT phase and how long is it?

Are hotels and meals covered during training?

Would it benefit me to get my permit in my home state prior to arrival or will I have to retest in state of school?

What is the mileage pay after TnT phase?

Is solo driving available after TnT phase?

Do you force dispatch?

Do you offer per-diem pay/compensation?

At what point do benefits like dental and the like become available?

How long is the driver contract after training and how much are the weekly deductions?

What happens if you fail something during training or testing?

Those are all of the questions I can think of right now(it's late worked 3pm to 11pm and it's now 3 am.) Please let me know other questions I should ask in order to make the best decision on companies to train with. If you were to start over are there any questions you wish you would have asked before choosing a training company?

( Sorry for how long this post is guys ? I tend to over analyze any decision thats worth thinking about twice and this is turning out to be no different.)

Thanks in advance!!

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Michael. We have some awesome resources to help you choose the right company to work for. Take a look through these and you'll find the answers to most of your questions:

We also have a huge list of questions you might consider asking recruiters:

Questions To Ask Trucking Company Recruiters

We also have a set of FAQ's about choosing a company:

FAQ: Choosing A Trucking Company

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Aside from the links Brett offered, I'd drop the "TnT" phrase from your questioning. That's like going to Wendy's and ordering Chicken McNuggets. TNT is a phrase used by Prime Inc. You ask about the TnT phase of training to another company and they probably won't know what you're talking about.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Michael B.'s Comment
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Thanks a lot Mr.Aquilla. That is going to help me out a lot! There is a lot there I never considered asking that seems to be pretty important. I really appreciate it.!

Hey Michael. We have some awesome resources to help you choose the right company to work for. Take a look through these and you'll find the answers to most of your questions:

We also have a huge list of questions you might consider asking recruiters:

Questions To Ask Trucking Company Recruiters

We also have a set of FAQ's about choosing a company:

FAQ: Choosing A Trucking Company

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Michael B.'s Comment
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Thanks 6 string, I will definitely go ahead and put that term in the recycle bin. I thought it was a universal term and was definitely going to use that verbiage with other recruiters lol.

Aside from the links Brett offered, I'd drop the "TnT" phrase from your questioning. That's like going to Wendy's and ordering Chicken McNuggets. TNT is a phrase used by Prime Inc. You ask about the TnT phase of training to another company and they probably won't know what you're talking about.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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