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Colin K.'s Comment
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Hello.

I'm finally ready to start applying to company sponsored training programs. I'd like to use two drivers here as a referral, if possible. I'd like to ask their permission first. How would I go about emailing or IMing a member here directly to ask for their permission? I'm sure it's probably easy to do but I'm not sure how.

Thank you in advance. Stay safe out there and I hope everyone has a great 2018!!! Colin K.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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There is no IM feature. I wouldn't worry about using anyone as a referral. Just go ahead and apply to the programs.

Colin K.'s Comment
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Okay. Thank you, Brett. I will go ahead and apply.

Turtle's Comment
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Finally taking the big step huh? Good luck Colin.

Big Scott's Comment
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Good luck Colin. We are here to help you along the way. Have you been accepted by a company?

Colin K.'s Comment
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Thank you for the questions and encouragement Turtle and Big Scott.

I applied via Trucking Truth yesterday and am now applying to some other companies as well. As some of you know, I've been planning this for a while. I sold my house and got rid of most of my possessions. I got the results of my medical tests back and they are all okay. I'm finishing up getting my sleep apnea data collected.

I'm going all in on this. I want to go with a company sponsored training program. As I've learned from this group, any of the companies that offer such a program are a good place to start. I'd prefer a company that allows pets but I'm not going to get one until I know what I'm doing out there.

I'm sure I'll be posting with more questions before anything starts. This site, and all of you, have been instrumental in helping me learn what I need to know to take this plunge. It is a huge step out of my comfort zone for me but I'm ready for an adventure in my life.

Have a safe night out there everyone, Colin K.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Colin, it looks like you have the right attitude for the big, life changing step. TT is unique that you can ask literally any question. You will get a straight forward answer, without attitude. You know, "no such thing as a dumb question".

We discourage private messages mainly so your question and the answers will be helpful to others. Maybe you could use a PM of you and another TT member want to meet up at a truck stop. Then you could post an email like this: your-name "at" gmail, a way that would mess up email scraper bots.

Big Scott's Comment
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As you're applying if you go to CFI they do not give us anything for recruiting students. Also, on here we encourage people to choose a company that fits them best. I post quite a bit about the company. Unfortunately, things change with companies faster than Brett can keep the reviews on this site current. It is a huge job and no fault to him. We have many success stories for all the companies who train on this site. Just put the name of a company in the search bar at the top of this page and you will get tons of info. Good luck to you.

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.

Colin K.'s Comment
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A quick update. I applied to company paid training programs via this site and on two official company sites. I've already had a brief phone interview with three of them: Prime, Swift and Wil-Trans/Jim Palmer trucking. All three are excellent companies and are on my short list, partially due to the fact that they are pet friendly.

I'll post more once things get nailed down. I'm excited, and a little scared, but I'm determined. The information, great advice and encouragement that I've gotten from the people on this site continues to be invaluable. Thank you all, especially Brett, for starting this site.

Best Regards, Colin K.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Tim F..blujay jr.'s Comment
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attaboy pal im rite behind you i been dissecting this stuff for 5 months or longer still i spent alot of time OTR drove alot also mostly local water septic etc,,butt i was on U.S highways thru 70s80s i stand in awe WOW thing are all flipped upside down now scary very scary so im startin from zero again ègg,,,,, problem is at this age to erase what we think we k now hmmmfff geez so confusing figure in D.O.T every rule anyone could ever think of makes it even more scary what has happened haa ill tell you all butt after i get my CDL KEEP STUDYING and great luck man tim

Hello.

I'm finally ready to start applying to company sponsored training programs. I'd like to use two drivers here as a referral, if possible. I'd like to ask their permission first. How would I go about emailing or IMing a member here directly to ask for their permission? I'm sure it's probably easy to do but I'm not sure how.

Thank you in advance. Stay safe out there and I hope everyone has a great 2018!!! Colin K.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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