Hello, I Have Questions About HME And TWIC Card

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Kevin L.'s Comment
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Hello, I am new to this forum. I live in Pennsylvania. I used to drive dump trailers several years ago. I have not driven any tractor trailers in probably over 20 years. Recently with my youngest daughter graduating with her bachelors degree I decided to get my CDL back in order. I have retained it throughout this time but dropped some endorsements. A few months ago I walked into a school bus company and asked about a job. It took literally two months to go through the required background checks, required training class, and testing just to drive a school bus even though I already held a Class A CDL with TN Endorsements and no restrictions. I had to retake my knowledge, skills, road test in a class B school bus and now have a restriction for class A busses as I did not test in that. After successfully completing the requirements I added SP endorsements to that CDL. Today I went down and took my Hazmat test and got my fingerprints taken and submitted to the FBI and TSA for my terrorist threat assessment. I plan on applying for a TWIC card in the next couple weeks as well. I am wondering if anyone here knows how long it should take for the approval letter to come in to get my X endorsement added? Also any current estimate on how long the turn around is for a TWIC card? Are there any companies out there that will offer refresher course and tanker training as I would really like to learn to do tankers.

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.

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

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Wait until you get your HM done before applying for TWIC. TWIC is rarely needed and some states give a discount on it when you have your HM. It takes about 30 days to get your HM letter from the day you do your fingerprints. Prime will train you refresher and tanker. Also check Company-Sponsored Training Programs.

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.

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.

Carter M.'s Comment
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I was told it would take about four weeks to get my hazmat approval and twic card but I received mine less than a week later. Not sure why but I’m not complaining!

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

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.

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