Best Company Paid Cdl Training?

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Doc's Comment
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Trucking Truth has Company Paid CDL Training Reviews so check em out!

I have been seriously not only considering starting my OTR career, but I have been preparing for it. Not only have I been studying the Pennsylvania CDL Manual, but I have for the past few months driving a cab in an effort to discipline myself to stay alert while behind the wheel in heavy traffic for 12 hours at a time.

I have been researching different company paid cdl training schools. Including reading reviews and I have to admit that I am no closer to choosing the right company than I was when I started.

Swift, PAM. CR England, Schneider...the list seems limited, each offering pretty much the same thing. While my end goal is to be an owner/op, I don't want to be forced into leasing right out of the gate. I want to be a company driver for my first year.

Any advice from you seasoned vets would be greatly appreciated. And I thank you sincerely in advance...

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

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.

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.

Scott M's Comment
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Prime Inc, Springfield Missouri. Has good reputation. Read about them here on Trucking Truth or go to their website. 1st 10,000 miles with trainer is unpaid but you can get loan for $200/week. Then test for Class A. Then next 30,000 miles is paid minimum of $700/wk. Then If you go solo, many get Lightweight truck- 44.5 CPM which is probably the highest rate in industry for inexperienced driver. This is company sponsored school. Get your CDL permit before you go to school- will be a great advantage in school to have this out of the way.

I will probably go with Roehl or Schneider. Schneider has 6/3 home time. 6 days drive, 3 at home.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Hudsonhawk's Comment
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Schneider is really 6/3? What's the pay?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Doc, be real careful when you look for "paid training". This training is not necessarily CDL license training.

I went through Swift from CDL school to getting hired and driving solo. They say "paid training" but that only refers to the road/mentor training after they hire you. School is separate from this.

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.
Scott M's Comment
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Schneider is really 6/3? What's the pay?

About $850/week.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Prime Inc, Springfield Missouri. Has good reputation. Read about them here on Trucking Truth or go to their website. 1st 10,000 miles with trainer is unpaid but you can get loan for $200/week. Then test for Class A. Then next 30,000 miles is paid minimum of $700/wk. Then If you go solo, many get Lightweight truck- 44.5 CPM which is probably the highest rate in industry for inexperienced driver. This is company sponsored school. Get your CDL permit before you go to school- will be a great advantage in school to have this out of the way.

I will probably go with Roehl or Schneider. Schneider has 6/3 home time. 6 days drive, 3 at home.

Schneider does not have their own program, they contract to private schools. One of their primary ones, is SAGE. Also, I think that their 6/3 home time is with slip seating, but don't quote me on that.

I have been researching different company paid cdl training schools. Including reading reviews and I have to admit that I am no closer to choosing the right company than I was when I started.

Reading reviews, while they can be helpful can be just as confusing, but as Errol said he went through Swift, and did really well. We have several here who went through, or are now in Swift school, Roehl school, and Prime school. A few are at Celadon, too. There are a few lesser known ones, such as Wil-Trans , and Jim Palmer, too. XPO Logistics also has a school, (they recently bought Con-Way, and I think CFI, too.)

The trick is to get passed the reviews, and find the company that best fits your personal needs.

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.

Dm:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Texun808's Comment
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Research FFE.....they might only be hiring within Texas . not sure

Ive been with them a year and a half since going thru their school...not one complaint

They feed you breakfast and a great dinner each day and board you in a hotel / dorm

They take...NO....money out of your checks to pay for the training.....stay with them one year and your paid in full

6 months for Vets i believe

..and they just built and opened a brand new school at their terminal in Dallas

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Andy S.'s Comment
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Make sure the training includes school or no school. I'm not aware of a company that pays you to go to school to get your CDL ,but maybe some do now. Training pay while with a trainer or mentor varies from CPM to flat rates per day or week. I have found that flatbed companies are willing to pay a little extra for training pay than van & reefer companies are. Keep in mind, just because you are new to the industry does not mean you have to work cheap. Many companies will work you at near poverty for the first year. There are better options. I know of a company in MS paying students $150/ day for every day the student is on the truck or away from home. This includes nights in a hotel while the trainer is at home. Keep searching until you find a company that suits your needs of home time, benefits and pay.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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