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Getting your cdl private lessons over going to an reccomended school

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if i go and get private lessons for my cdl and take the test and pass how hard wil it be for me to get a job in the industry i just dont want to spend 2 moths getting my licence thanks in advance for all your help

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.
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It'll be very difficult to get a job even if you pass and get your CDL.

Why? Because companies require some kind of certificate stating that you have completed at least 140 hours of training. If the company won't be training you, then they will want to make sure that you have been trained properly. They do this by checking what school you attended and your certificate of completion.

Having a CDL does not mean that you are a safe driver, nor does it mean that you know what you're doing.

You either have to attend a company sponsored school or a private trucking school. If you're so inclined to get through this as fast as possible then browse the private schools in your area and ask if they can put you through some kind of accelerated learning program.

However, company sponsored schools usually get you your license a whole lot faster!

But, I warn you. This is an extremely difficult job and learning to drive a truck is overwhelmingly difficult and challenging. If I were you, I would take my time with it and not rush. Whatever you do, do not get your CDL without a school. Its a pure waste of time and money because no one will touch you.

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.
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1 year, 3 months ago

Yep. You want to go to a private school or company school. Gone are the days when you can say you grew up driving trucks with your grandfather. You need some paper saying you got training.

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