Before Going To A Company-Sponsored CDL Program..

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Mario V.'s Comment
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Before going to a Company-Sponsored CDL program do i need to have a CDL license already or permit will do just fine? also how long permits usually last, i don't want to get a permit for it to be expired when the program starts

also how do i apply for their Company sponsor program, i made it this far but then got lost

https://www.truckingtruth.com/paid-cdl-training/

thanks everyone for the help

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.
David's Comment
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Permits very by state. Contact your local DMV

Generally it's a good idea to get your permit first before heading to training. You can't get the lic without the training so a permit is what you need.

As for how to start, take a look at Company-Sponsored Training Programs

Find the companies that peak your interest, go to their website and fill out an application. If you don't hear back from on them by the next day, call the recruiting depart to get the ball rolling more. You can google "questions to ask a trucking recruiter" or do a search here on the site. Someone made a post a while back with questions to ask.

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.

DMV:

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

David's Comment
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I also recommend you take a look at these pages

Good place to start for getting into driving truck

A good read. Gives you an idea as to what to expect out on the road

Probably the best part of the site. This will help you get your permit. Great resource for the written exams. I'd suggest starting this ASAP

Helps explain how to choose a school

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Joe H.'s Comment
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Also, check with the school you are planning to attend. They'll let you know what you need. Good luck!

Charlie Mac's Comment
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I live in Indiana & got my permit Tuesday, it's valid until 10.2.16

My company sponsored program didn't require either a permit or license prior to attending (if you reside in the same state as the school). Out of state students were required to have a permit before the 1st day of class.

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