License Certifications?

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Kevin L.'s Comment
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Ok I am probably just an idiot for having to ask this but I am unsure so here goes. I was recently filling out a job application for a driving job. When it came to the Drivers license section it asked the state of issue the expiration date and the class. That is normal. The part that got confusing was when it asked about additional License certifications and listed " Chemical, Flammable, Multiple trailers, tanker, Extra Long Flatbed, inner city driving. I have Endorsements on my CDL but the endorsements available in my state (Pennsylvania) do not match up to those. I currently have SPTX endorsements and only a restriction for class A buses. To me chemicals and flammable fall under hazmat endorsement, Tankers are the tanker endorsement, Multiple trailers are Doubles /Triples endorsement and there are no endorsements to cover inner city driving or extra long flatbeds. Are the certifications they are referring to entirely different than endorsements?

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's interesting. I'm not aware of any CDL endorsements besides the ones you mentioned. I don't know if the state the company is in has some special endorsements set up or if the person who put together the application didn't really understand the names of the endorsements.

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.
Kevin L.'s Comment
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Brett, It was on the online version of the Maverick Application. They are based out of Arkansas. I looked on the Arkansas CDL website and they list only the standard federally mandated Endorsements. I am unaware of any other "Certifications" for the things the Maverick website asked about. This site has taught me though that the application is the beginning of the interview process and I want to fill it out as accurately as possible. I put in a call to them and am waiting on a call back from a recruiter. I am hoping for some clarity prior to hitting the submit button. It kind of makes me wonder if they did not put that in to weed out some applications right from the beginning.

I noticed that they did not ask which endorsements I had only my license number and class. Actually, they did not even ask if I had a commercial or regular drivers license. I presumed that when they get the MVR Report it will indicate my current endorsements as well.

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.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Kevin L.'s Comment
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Check Additional License Certifications

Chemical
Flammable
Multiple Trailers
Tanker
Extra Length Flatbed
Inner City Driving

I have copy and pasted the section from their online application above. they actually have little check boxes next to them on the actual page.

Big Scott's Comment
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Just call the recruter and ask. It could be a mistake on their online app. Just my thoughts.

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