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Posted:  8 years ago

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CDL licensing

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Am I reading that you can got to a company school, pay up-front (Workforce Reinvestment Act) then say good by and work for whomever...???

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That's really not the best way to approach it. Not every company is going to accept training from other companies so don't assume you can go to one company, get your training, and then go work elsewhere. It may or may not work that way.

If you have the money up front then go to a private Truck Driving School. Don't go to a company-sponsored program for your training.

Listen, that first year of your career it matters very little which company you choose to work for. If you don't have the money for private schooling then go to a company-sponsored school, get your CDL, and work for them until the obligation is up. Then go elsewhere if you'd prefer. The obligation is short...maybe 8-12 months. No big deal.

If you have the money for private schooling then go that route.

I'm gonna say this though - I've seen tons of people come into trucking desperate to make money as quickly as possible and it doesn't often work out well. The problem is the early stages of your career may be slow going. The checks are small and you're in training so you won't often be running as hard as a veteran driver would be. People wind up stressing out, getting in arguments with the company because things aren't moving quickly enough, and things get to be a mess. Before you know it you're on a bus headed home. So just be aware of that. There isn't much you can do the first few months of your career to speed things up and get those checks rolling in. You just have to do your best to be patient and roll with it.

Thank you Brett for chiming in. I appreciate your input and i REALLY appreciate your blog and all this different parts of it. Very impressive and very helpful... Thanks again.

Posted:  8 years ago

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CDL licensing

You pretty much quit your job if you're going to training. The schooling is very demanding and needs your full commitment. You can't learn if you're always tired and you can't be a safe driver when you're always fatigued. I was in your position before. I wanted to go to school but couldn't afford it without keeping my full time night job. My plan was to work full time 9pm-6am and then do my schooling during the day. Yeah, that failed miserable.

All company sponsored schools will teach you. You could just quit as soon as you get your CDL and pay the contract cost. However, in some contracts the company has the right to revoke that CDL that they got you so if you attend school and get your CDL then immediately quit - they could charge you and take away the CDL. Central Ref makes it so that they can revoke your CDL if the contract isn't met. All up to them.

So you could do it. But it seems a little dangerous. If you're that interested in working for Schneider then just go to a private school and pay it off in small monthly payments - finance it. Most schools will finance your training. Trust me, you'll be making 20 times more that first year. That payment will seem like chump change especially if you don't have any other bills to pay like rent.

I'm not try to pull a fast one on them. I would be up front and tell them I just want taught. It's not like I'm getting something for nothing... they still get paid their tuition costs...

If I get this Workforce Reinvestment Act $, paying them won't be a problem ...

The companies teach in half the time. If I was still getting unemployment $ I wouldn't be in such a hurry...

Thanks.

Posted:  8 years ago

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CDL licensing

I am from Pennsylvania. If I go to another state to get my CDL (company sponsored training) am I good to work for a company out of PA?

I'd like to get licensed in a good training program, but also want to get it quickly. Am I reading that you can got to a company school, pay up-front (Workforce Reinvestment Act) then say good by and work for whomever...???

Thanks folks...

Will any of the trucking companies teach you if you pay them up front but will be working for a different company? Schneider, for example will take on rookies with no experience, but they don't have their own trucking school. Thanks.

Posted:  8 years ago

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CDL licensing

I am from Pennsylvania. If I go to another state to get my CDL (company sponsored training) am I good to work for a company out of PA?

I'd like to get licensed in a good training program, but also want to get it quickly. Am I reading that you can got to a company school, pay up-front (Workforce Reinvestment Act) then say good by and work for whomever...???

Thanks folks...

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Geo, I dont know where you got the five year info from but to the best of my knowledge, a hair test can only be traced back 1 year... You hear rumors about companies saying they can go back 2 years and such, this is a scare tactic they use to see who is gonna look guilty. Most companies only look back 90 days... My cousin had to get one done for a security job, not like a mall security or anything but a legit security detail. I myself have a person who is close to me who also said the same thing. I have done research on my own and the most common answer I see is 1 year.

I could be wrong (according to my g.f. its all the time) but I think I am pretty solid on this. I will research again to be doubly sure....

Wikipedia says 90 days...

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