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Smith D.'s Comment
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Hello All, I am currently looking into company sponsored training and trying to narrow my choices between companies. Here is what I am trying to navigate while I narrow my choices and try to apply for a few of these paid training opportunities:

My wife and I currently live in KY where I have my driver's license. However, we plan to move to Washington State (preferably Northeast) in early spring 2018. We have been living there off and on for a couple of years and have finally decided that is where we want to be. We also love the west coast of WA but there are way too many people for our taste, but we understand that we may have to do that for a period until I can get my trucking career established. My wife is a web designer and can work from anywhere so we're just waiting on me to figure out my game plan.

My questions and concerns: *A lot of schools are offering 120 hrs of training. I can transfer my CDL from KY to WA, but WA state requires 160 hrs. If I decided to get my CDL while basing out of KY, what are some ways that I can meet the criteria for WA state? (I need to make sure there are no gaps in work/pay upon moving to WA from KY). *Should I attempt to get my CDL while based out of WA state? *What schools/companies hire based out of WA state?

Thank you for your time and help! Smith

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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You should try whichever company fits you best. Once you have your CDL the training hours shouldn't matter. Look at this.

I wad trained by and drive for CFI. Here is my training diary. I hope this helps.

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.

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.

Reyn R.'s Comment
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You should try whichever company fits you best. Once you have your CDL the training hours shouldn't matter. Look at this.

I wad trained by and drive for CFI. Here is my training diary. I hope this helps.

Hey Bug Scott! Don’t mean to hijack this thread but there’s no PM’s so... what made you decide on CFI? I’ve tried researching them online but there’s very little to go on. When I google them, I get directed to their application page. 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.

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.

Reyn R.'s Comment
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You should try whichever company fits you best. Once you have your CDL the training hours shouldn't matter. Look at this.

I wad trained by and drive for CFI. Here is my training diary. I hope this helps.

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Hey Bug Scott! Don’t mean to hijack this thread but there’s no PM’s so... what made you decide on CFI? I’ve tried researching them online but there’s very little to go on. When I google them, I get directed to their application page. Thanks in advance.

Ugh! Sorry!! “Big Scott”

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.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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You should try whichever company fits you best. Once you have your CDL the training hours shouldn't matter. Look at this.

I wad trained by and drive for CFI. Here is my training diary. I hope this helps.

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Hey Bug Scott! Don’t mean to hijack this thread but there’s no PM’s so... what made you decide on CFI? I’ve tried researching them online but there’s very little to go on. When I google them, I get directed to their application page. Thanks in advance.

I was talking to a friend who was driving for them, he was very happy there. I went to there site read about their training. And here I am. As I've said many times, I love their home time policy. They got me home 3 days early this time. I had put in for 6 days and ended up with 9. You don't lose days you earn. You take your truck home. Right now my truck with trailer is parked in my brother's friend's driveway. I also have some vacation time earned already. I also have plenty of miles. I love our dispatch and planning department. CFI is a family company and is working hard to bring that feeling back to the company. If you look in my profile I have my email address there. You can also put CFI in the search bar at the top of this page to get lots of info. Hope this helps.

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.

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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I can transfer my CDL from KY to WA, but WA state requires 160 hrs

I've never heard of a state requiring a minimum amount of training time, but it's possible. Where did you see this?

If you're moving in the next few months and you can wait that long to get your CDL you should probably get the move out of the way and then embark on your new career. It would be awful hard to move 2,000 miles just a couple of months into a new career.

If you decide to get your CDL now and get started with Paid CDL Training Programs then just make sure you go with a company that hires out of your area and the area you're moving to. They'll be able to confirm this for you before you begin your training.

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.
Jmart's Comment
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Reyn Here is some more info on CFI Paid on dispatched miles, no waiting for paperwork to be processed.

· We genuinely care about our drivers, you are not a number. We want to give you the best tools available and the support you need to be successful.

· Our turnover rate is half of the industry standard because of our passionate driver focus.

· You never lose your days off with us, you earn a day at home for every 7 out and if you don’t take them you keep them. You also have the freedom to take your days off anywhere within our hiring area.

· We respect your time off, as long as you are following policies and procedures to request hometime- we guarantee you to be there.

Our pay scale is as follows:

· Students 7,500 miles minimum with finisher - $0.26 per mile then upgrade to company truck and earn $0.33.

· 60,000 miles - $.35 per mile

· 90,000 miles - $.37 per mile

· 120,000 miles - $.40 per mile

· Team pay starts at $.51 per mile

· Owner Operators - $.95 plus current fuel surcharge

· Additional pay:

o .03cpm for Hazmat Loads

o .05cpm for the Northeastern States

o .01-.04cpm Safety Bonus Quarterly

o .015cpm Productivity Bonus Annually

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

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott's Comment
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Reyn Here is some more info on CFI Paid on dispatched miles, no waiting for paperwork to be processed.

· We genuinely care about our drivers, you are not a number. We want to give you the best tools available and the support you need to be successful.

· Our turnover rate is half of the industry standard because of our passionate driver focus.

· You never lose your days off with us, you earn a day at home for every 7 out and if you don’t take them you keep them. You also have the freedom to take your days off anywhere within our hiring area.

· We respect your time off, as long as you are following policies and procedures to request hometime- we guarantee you to be there.

Our pay scale is as follows:

· Students 7,500 miles minimum with finisher - $0.26 per mile then upgrade to company truck and earn $0.33.

· 60,000 miles - $.35 per mile

· 90,000 miles - $.37 per mile

· 120,000 miles - $.40 per mile

· Team pay starts at $.51 per mile

· Owner Operators - $.95 plus current fuel surcharge

· Additional pay:

o .03cpm for Hazmat Loads

o .05cpm for the Northeastern States

o .01-.04cpm Safety Bonus Quarterly

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Yes, that's another thing I like. We are paid on dispatch. So, when you get your dispatch, you can see the money in your pay. The info you quoted has been recently updated. CFI does not lease trucks. All the owner operators with CFI buy their trucks on their own and sign on as independent contractors with CFI. We do not advise people to start as owner operators.

With CFI's training you have to get your DOT medical and CDL permit before they will accept you into training. If you save your receipts for that, they will reimburse you for it. The training costs you nothing. On April 19th 2017 I got on the Greyhound from Charlotte, NC to Joplin, MO. On June 26th I moved into my first and current solo truck. I am loving it. I am currently on my longest time home and away from my truck. I am enjoying time with family. Spent yesterday with my best friend and his girlfriend running all over Manhattan. Had a great time. However, I am looking forward to getting back on the road. I am very happy with everything at CFI and have no complaints. They take great care of their equipment and me. In trucking you are very much in charge of your own success and happiness. I love CFI, however one can find happiness at any company.

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

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Reyn R.'s Comment
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Thank you Big Scott & Jmart!! Those numbers are the best I've seen so far!! Will reach out to them tomorrow!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott's Comment
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Thank you Big Scott & Jmart!! Those numbers are the best I've seen so far!! Will reach out to them tomorrow!

You're welcome. If you end up there, I will always help in any way I can.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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