Passed My CDL Permit Test....now Off To Roehl

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Shawn's Comment
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I went this morning and passed my CDL Permit test. I am so glad that part of it is over, yet I know that what is to come will be even more challenging.

Those of you who are new to this site and are studying for your permit: make sure to check out the High Road Training Program. It really does help a lot.

So, i'm off to train with Roehl on October 5th in Appleton, WI. Anyone here have any past experiences with Appleton I would live to hear about it.

Thanks everyone!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey very cool Shawn! Congrats!

Greenhorn88's Comment
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Do me a favor and let me know what your experience is with them. I have about 4 1/2 months of class left before I get my CDL but Roehl is definitely one I've been looking at.

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.
Jessica A-M's Comment
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Good job on that permit test and good luck with school. Definitely keep us updated. I agree, the high road training program is amazing.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Shawn, I went to Appleton for extra training after I got my CDL through their school in Marshfield. I don't think the same instructors teach RDTC as do the Phase 1 class but everyone is very professional and you will learn a lot in a short period of time. Not sure of how they do meals for the school part as I know things have changed since I went last October (we were on our own for meals), but if they provide meals take some extra cash or pb&j. We had pretty much the same thing every day and in a week it was old. Don't get me wrong I am a member of the "if it's free it's for me" club, but I still can't bear the thought of eating at Denny's!!! smile.gif

Best of luck to 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.
Shawn's Comment
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Shawn, I went to Appleton for extra training after I got my CDL through their school in Marshfield. I don't think the same instructors teach RDTC as do the Phase 1 class but everyone is very professional and you will learn a lot in a short period of time. Not sure of how they do meals for the school part as I know things have changed since I went last October (we were on our own for meals), but if they provide meals take some extra cash or pb&j. We had pretty much the same thing every day and in a week it was old. Don't get me wrong I am a member of the "if it's free it's for me" club, but I still can't bear the thought of eating at Denny's!!! smile.gif

Best of luck to you!!!

Thanks Jolie! Appreciate the tips!!

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.
Zack E (Buzz)'s Comment
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I start training at roehl in appleton wi on Monday September 21st.. kinda nervous.

Shawn's Comment
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I start training at roehl in appleton wi on Monday September 21st.. kinda nervous.

Good luck to you!

Shawn's Comment
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So, my excitement to go to Roehl came to an abrupt halt almost two weeks ago now. I would love to get some input from someone who knows about this, so if you have anything to add, please do so.

I got a call from Roehl telling me that they had sent some students from PA home and PA was not giving them their Class A licenses and instead telling them they would have to re-test again in the state of PA. Because of this, and because they could find no work around, all the students they were going to bring in from PA were being told that they could no longer attend their training program and instead had to choose another option. I was told there was something new in the laws as far as how they were able to hand out licenses, because apparently before this change you received a WI license and then transferred it back to your state of residency when you returned home.

Well, because of this, and because I cannot afford to go to a school and get my license on my own, I had to start looking at other companies and their training programs. Some of them seemed to be complete ripoffs, and the others did not seem to be as good as what Roehl was offering. I knew I had to keep in mind that if I wanted to go the company training route and have it paid for, I would have to pay my dues with that company but I wanted to make sure that paying my dues did not mean I would be stuck in the same position for years. Roehl was a one year commitment and I wanted something like that.

So, after some thought and research I have decided to go with PAM. I will be starting CDL school at AAA school of trucking in Philly on Tuesday. If anyone out there has any thoughts on the school (because I have searched around and there is very little that I come across about them) or even PAM in general, I would love to hear it. I know I have to start somewhere, pay my dues, and gain experience. I have read the good, the bad, and the terrible about PAM but the way I see it is I have to start somewhere, and without the cash to put myself through CDL school the options are limited.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congrats! They let me out of class early today to ho take mine, and only arrived to find out they changed their testing hours :-(

No testing for me today but will have to go back early Wednesday morning. And Friday no more classroom time and I'll be on the range finally.

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