Henderson Trucking Academy

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Michael C.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I just finished up at the Henderson Trucking Academy (got my CDL on the 19th dancing-banana.gif ). I had a day to day written down on my tablet but it has since vanished off of the tablet since I got home for Thanksgiving.

Here is a brief rundown of what happened that I can remember.

Day 0 - Sunday Oct 25th

Check into hotel in O'fallon and get settled into your room.

Day 1 - Monday Oct 26th Day 1 of 3 orientation days in Caseyville at the yard 7-5 Paperwork galore, the company provided lunch for us from Domino's. Around 4 we were taken to the local Wal-Mart to do our shopping for the week.

Day 2/3 Tues-Wed Oct 27+28 8-5 both days Classroom time for getting your CLP at the hotel in the conference room. Break for lunch around noon back at 1PM.

Day 4 Thursday Oct 29th

My class was taken to the DMV and tested for our CLP. After we were all finished the ones who passed were taken to the yard and met with the instructors (they were in the classroom discussing technique for the skills tests). The ones who didn't were taken back to the hotel to study again and were given the option to test again that afternoon or the following morning.

Day 5 Friday Oct 30th through November 19th

Since the school had more students than intended we were split into two groups one in the morning (7-12) and other in the evening (1-5).

From here until the 3rd week I was solid in the yard only to practice my skills test. I was on the straight back for 4 days (3.5 more than needed) as I was told it was required. I was then moved to the offset for 2 days and then parallel for the rest of the time until I tested. I found out on the start of my 3rd week that my test date was the 19th of November. On the same token I was allowed to start driving on the road with an instructor this same week. It's based off of how well you are doing your skills test as to how fast your allowed to go on the road.

To keep a long story short, this is a less detailed version than what I originally had but I think it'll do the job. If anybody has any questions on the school let me know and I will be glad to answer what I can.

Overall I am satisfied with the school, I learned a lot and will learn even more when I go out with a trainer, hopefully soon.


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.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.


Operating While Intoxicated


Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

TreeTheTrucker's Comment
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Congrats man!!! I know that feeling an it's an awesome one!!! Well wishes and safe travels to you driver.

Thump3r0831's Comment
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What kind of drug test do they do. Last time I was tested for hair they had to take it from my armpit and it was more than a little embarrassing.

Don The Kiwi's Comment
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good-luck.gif Thanks for sharing I'm looking at Henderson

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