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RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Since I will already have my CDL license from private school, how long is it for the orientation (on average) for any company who would bring you on? Once orientation is done, can you go back home for a couple days, before you head out with a trainer? (Probably not...) so this would mean I might be gone for at least a full month without seeing my family?

I'm thinking orientation is about 7-10 days? Then out on the road two to three weeks?

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 O.'s Comment
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Since I will already have my CDL license from private school, how long is it for the orientation (on average) for any company who would bring you on? Once orientation is done, can you go back home for a couple days, before you head out with a trainer? (Probably not...) so this would mean I might be gone for at least a full month without seeing my family?

I'm thinking orientation is about 7-10 days? Then out on the road two to three weeks?

Most are 2 to 3 days and then off with a trainer... That's how swift and crst works and from other people on here that's I can tell most other companies are about the same...

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.
Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I think it depends on the company you would go with. I would contact them and ask how their scheduling works.

Lynn V., Unwritten's Comment
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Werner orientation is four days classroom with DOT physical first day and paperwork on day 1 and day 2. Days 3 and 4 are simulator time. Defensive driving etc. After that they advertise 270 hours with a trainer on the road, but the recruiter manager that came to my school said that the average length of hours is around 233 hours. So if you do the average time, you'll probably be home in 4-5 weeks. If you need more time, your total time for orientation could be around 6-8 weeks. Mind you the recruiter manager did say that you have the option, of going home for a few days or maybe a week, and then returning for the rest of your driving time. The time spent on the road with a trainer is "solo" time. The trainer will not be driving. He or she will be training you in real life situations.

My road test is this Friday, the 15th of January and my graduation date from school is the end of January or early February, as after I get my CDL , I return to school for some more specialized training. I'm hoping to be in Omaha by the first or second week of February.

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.

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.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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On, so orientation is only a few days, not a whole week (in most cases).

What if I wanted to drive there with my own vehicle instead of taking the bus, so I can have a mean of transportation over there? I was told I might not want to do that, because if everything goes well, I'd be going home with my own truck?

James J.'s Comment
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Averitt is 3 days orientation, then you go home and meet up with your driver trainer, you will be with them for 5 weeks (Monday thru Friday), when you finish with the trainer you go for a week of backing school, then on to your own truck...

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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On, so orientation is only a few days, not a whole week (in most cases).

What if I wanted to drive there with my own vehicle instead of taking the bus, so I can have a mean of transportation over there? I was told I might not want to do that, because if everything goes well, I'd be going home with my own truck?

Again that is a company thing. I asked and was told no there wasn't enough parking. But other classes were permitted so might have been timing.

Prime orientation is Mon thru Fri which includes paperwork physicals simulators. .. in my class the only difference between those with a CDL and not was the type of trainer you got hooked up with. ...I had a PSD instructor meaning I needed my License. If you have ur license you enter the TNT phase to get 30k miles before you get your own teuck.

Home time depends on the trainer. It was 2 full.months before I went home. My trainer doesn't run the holidays so I got thanks giving Christmas and new years home. But a whole.month on thw road at a time. She picked.me up Jan 6 and I'm not getting home time again until Feb 26 or so.

Some trainees are able to find trainers near them. my one friend was home every other weekend cause ehim and his teainer lived in the same area. That is rare though.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Schneider is pretty straightforward;

Orientation is 17 days. First week is at Operating Center. At end of week you go out with Training Engineer for 5-7 days. The final week is back at Operating Center and you test out. They usually let you go home for a few days before hitting the road solo. Also, you can drive to orientation instead of bus and they reimburse you for your gas to orientation.

I hope this helps.

Brian 's Comment
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Werner was 3-4 days of orientation, then out with a trainer for 275 hours of behind the wheel driving time, or when your trainer feels your ready. I had 233 hours behind the wheel, but it took from November 8th, until December 19th to achieve the hours. I sat in a hotel in California while my trainer took a home time break, I also switched trainers, and that took 3 days.

Phox's Comment
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Pretty much all your questions depend on the company.

My orientation with US Xpress is going to be 3 days, Monday, Tue and not so much wed cause everything is really done day 1 and 2, but they are doing final paperwork on their end and you gotta sit at office for it, so while I'm not doing anything it's still an orientation day.

I have heard some people had to wait a week or two for a trainer so they were sent home in the mean time, others have gone out right away. so it really varies. My packing list says to bring 1-2 weeks worth of clothes and stuff I would need, in the just in case factor that I go out right away.

US Xpress gives me the choice of providing me a greyhound ticket or they will reimburse the gas cost up to the cost of greyhound ticket and I gotta give them gas receipts. they also give you the option of getting your own room but you gotta pay like $27 extra out of your own pocket, but it is an option at least.

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