Company Training And Licensing: Whats The Catch?

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Errol V.'s Comment
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G-Town comes in with the numbers:

Swift will deduct $37.50 each week during the first year ($1950 total), during the second year $37.50 will be added to the weekly take-home pay.

I did the Veteran thing, so I don't need no stinkin' deductions.

But I knew the Swift deductions didn't add up to $4,400. So you're ahead even if you stay the year, and its freeee!! if you stick around for two years.

Belluavir's Comment
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So I would have to be there for two years otherwise I have to pay something or another...?

Michael S.'s Comment
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So I would have to be there for two years otherwise I have to pay something or another...?

No, you just need to work at SWIFT for a year. After that you are free and clear. Well, you've paid $37.50 a week, but you no longer owe them for the training. The second year you work for them (if you were trained by them) they pay you and additional $37.50 a week. I haven't looked at their specifics, but I'd guess they call it a tuition reimbursement. They pay you back what you paid in tuition - one week at a time - just as they billed you.

That is, if you walk after a year you have a CDL and owe SWIFT nothing.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Belluavir wants to know:

So I would have to be there for two years otherwise I have to pay something or another...?

You pay by a paycheck deduction for the first year, then you're free to go. Done with paying your tuition back.

But if you hang on for a second year, getting second year driver benefits & pay, you also get an extra $37.50 laid on your paycheck!

Tim F.'s Comment
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Matthew..I went to Roehl Transport for their CDL school. It was three weeks long and at the time I had to pay for travel and food while there. Upon completion of school they refunded the travel expense in the form of mileage. They have changed the program. It's my understanding that you are now paid while in school. I would recommend if you are interested to give them a call. The school recruiter is named Kim. Very nice, very honest. As payment for school I was required to work for Roehl for 120,000 miles...which in most cases is roughly 1 year. Once I was hired and trained for two weeks, I was put on a dedicated account designed to get you home weekly. There are other options available. My one year anniversary is next week...I'm leaning towards staying with Roehl as I am hesitant to give up the year invested, plus I like the company. Good luck with your future!

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.
Pastor C.'s Comment
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Matthew..I went to Roehl Transport for their CDL school. It was three weeks long and at the time I had to pay for travel and food while there. Upon completion of school they refunded the travel expense in the form of mileage. They have changed the program. It's my understanding that you are now paid while in school. I would recommend if you are interested to give them a call. The school recruiter is named Kim. Very nice, very honest. As payment for school I was required to work for Roehl for 120,000 miles...which in most cases is roughly 1 year. Once I was hired and trained for two weeks, I was put on a dedicated account designed to get you home weekly. There are other options available. My one year anniversary is next week...I'm leaning towards staying with Roehl as I am hesitant to give up the year invested, plus I like the company. Good luck with your future!

This is good to know. I am leaning heavily towards Roehl, and by leaning I mean about to topple over. Tim is right Kim is very nice. I am just stuck on what job I want there.....BTW do they slip seat on 7/3 7/4?

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.
Tim F.'s Comment
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Matthew..I went to Roehl Transport for their CDL school. It was three weeks long and at the time I had to pay for travel and food while there. Upon completion of school they refunded the travel expense in the form of mileage. They have changed the program. It's my understanding that you are now paid while in school. I would recommend if you are interested to give them a call. The school recruiter is named Kim. Very nice, very honest. As payment for school I was required to work for Roehl for 120,000 miles...which in most cases is roughly 1 year. Once I was hired and trained for two weeks, I was put on a dedicated account designed to get you home weekly. There are other options available. My one year anniversary is next week...I'm leaning towards staying with Roehl as I am hesitant to give up the year invested, plus I like the company. Good luck with your future!

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This is good to know. I am leaning heavily towards Roehl, and by leaning I mean about to topple over. Tim is right Kim is very nice. I am just stuck on what job I want there.....BTW do they slip seat on 7/3 7/4?

Pastor C. Not sure on the slip seat for 7/3, 7/4 options. Best to ask Kim.

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.
Josh S.'s Comment
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With prime they bus you to Springfield mo. They charge a 100 dollar processing fee and day to bring 50 for your permit. You sign a one year agreement, if you leave before 6 months you pay I believe 3600, if you leave between 6 months to a year you pay 1700. Upon completion of a year you are free and clear and only had to pay that initial 100. They don't deduct payments from you. They will put you up in their hotel until you leave with a trainer and also provide you 3 meals a day for your first week. They also provide your dot physical so you don't have to pay for that. While driving on your permit they loan you 200 per week that is paid back interest free in small payments once you get your license and are hired. They pay 700 a week for the remainder of your training once your hired. I was in a similar spot as you when I started, my parents business closed so I was working for a tell service barely scraping by and convinced my wife to let me make the plunge into driving and financially we haven't looked back since.

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.

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