First CDL Offer

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Bryan Q.'s Comment
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So I got pre qualified for CRST company paid school. My first offer. I got to talk to a recruiter for TMC. Super excited though

Pete B.'s Comment
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Way to go Bryan, I'm happy for you! It is very exciting that companies are getting back to you, offering you training and employment. You are on your way; good luck! Both are fine companies.

Bryan Q.'s Comment
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Thanks Pete ! Supper excited to start my trucking career ! I can’t wait to hop In the truck and hopefully meet you guys on the road someday. Any tips as a new driver ? Especially when it comes to backing. My biggest fear is the tight spaces haha

Pete B.'s Comment
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Re: backing in CDL school, don't get discouraged! Most of us had issues with backing; time, practice, and patience will serve you well. Don't worry, they'll give you enough practice to pass the skills test and get your CDL.

When you are on your own, G.O.A.L. as many times as necessary; if someone at an account or truck stop gets out to 'help' you, use them as a spotter, usually on your blind side, to make sure you don't hit anything. I wouldn't let them actually coach you into a space.

See you soon!

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Have you seen this?

And this? Company-Sponsored Training Programs I don't know what kind of driving you're looking to do, but, I'm with CFI. They trained me and put me to work. I'm very happy here.

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.

Bryan Q.'s Comment
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Thanks Big Scott! Yes I have seen those. I got a question. If I get different offers how do I explain to the recruiter I have other offers I’m looking at. I just don’t want them to put me off when I say I’m talking other recruiters

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks Big Scott! Yes I have seen those. I got a question. If I get different offers how do I explain to the recruiter I have other offers I’m looking at. I just don’t want them to put me off when I say I’m talking other recruiters

It's not going to surprise them any that you're speaking with other recruiters. That's common. My question would be, why would you have to bring it up?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bryan Q.'s Comment
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Well when I’ve been speaking to some recruiters it’s like they want me to start now and I guess me being so new I get stumped lol

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well when I’ve been speaking to some recruiters it’s like they want me to start now and I guess me being so new I get stumped lol

Oh they do want you to start now. If you qualify they can often have you in class within a week or two. There's no rush, though. It's their job to get you in and get you going as quickly as possible. When you find a company you're comfortable with then go for it. But don't feel like you're going to miss out on an opportunity if you don't jump on it now. That opportunity isn't going anywhere. Just do your research, ask a lot of questions, and find the right company for you.

Dan Snyder's Comment
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Just remember... CRST is a team only gig for a very long time... Not SOLO like everyone else... That's why I shut them down...The pay wasn't worth it in the end for me.

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