Need help with my husband getting his CDL...

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Tracy W.'s Comment
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So my husband is wanting to go to trucking school and get his CDL. we live in ohio at the moment. i don't know if all trucking schools are pretty much the same or what. i saw that roehl pays you to get your CDL. i was wondering if that is accurate or if it's a good school. my husband and i are hurting financially right now. he is worried that it will be hard to get into trucking because he was convicted of a felony many years ago. most places wont even hire you if you have a felony conviction. but he has a good driving record. and he was in the marines for 8 years and did 4 tours in iraq. he was wounded pretty bad, he has titanium in his sternum and his arm has titanium in it as well, but he can use both arms and is fully functioning. he has been doing construction under the table but it's such hard labor and we both want him to find something more stable, so we thought truck driving would be great. but i just worry about his felony. he can pass a drug test and is not a drug user, so it's not a drug issue or anything like that. if anyone could suggest a good school or if you have any info or advice, that would be great!! thanks so much

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Tracy. We've got all kinds of information for you.

For starters, there are plenty of companies who will hire someone with a felony. Roehl will certainly consider him. It doesn't say on your profile where you live, but Roehl does not hire from the following states: CA, WA, ID, WY, VT, WV, NM, MT, CO, ND, SD

That being said, Roehl is one of 7 company-sponsored programs that you can apply to right here on TruckingTruth with one super short application. You'll hear from recruiters right away and they'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can find the application here:

Apply For Company-Sponsored Training

We're big fans of company-sponsored training here at TruckingTruth. Here is an article about it from a recruiter at Driver Solutions who recruits for PAM Transport, one of the companies you can apply to with our form:

5 Advantages Of Company-Sponsored Training

Now we always recommend that everyone coming into the industry learn all they can and prepare themselves ahead of time. Here is our "starter package" that we always recommend to everyone:

Finally, here's one more. This is a set of FAQ's from our wiki about military members joining the trucking industry:

FAQ: Military Veterans Becoming Truck Drivers

That should give you plenty to get going with!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Parrothead66's Comment
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What Brett said and tell him THANK YOU FOR HIS SERVICE. God bless you and good luck

Big Scott's Comment
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CFI will hire people with felonies. He will need to be able to get his hazmat and tanker endorsement. You can look at my profile for for my training diary. Their web site is www.cfidrive.com. Most companies love people from the military. I am extremely happy with them.

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

JakeBreak's Comment
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Just chiming in about the roehl program, it is true they do pay for your cdl. If you get into thier program your given your dot physical and drug test the first day and sign the new hire paperwork. Granted the pay isn't anything to set the world on fire, but it's still decent. Roehl is a great place to work if you live east of the Mississippi and with you living in ohio he will have a few different fleets to choose from.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

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