South Florida Resident - Get Paid While Getting CDL - Paid Training

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Mighty Mike's Comment
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No worries guys. Found out that PAM transportation will hire me. So will CRST and Comcar CT will also. Still looking though and haven't decided yet if I'm gonna do Roadmaster school to avoid a contract or go with a sure thing with one of the trucking companies.

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.
Dominick V.'s Comment
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Although its a ways from you, there's a school called Tampa Truck Driving School. The way it works is...you come in and so long as you meet all their requirements, you choose the company you'd like to work for and you're basically hired pending you obtaining your CDL. No upfront costs other than a few hundred bucks for dmv and testing fees. Upon hire you start paying back the school after 60 days of employment.

I like this as they're taking all the risk and investing in you rather than having to pay upfront and hope you're able to land something straight out of school.

I'm currently debating on whether to stay in NYC and attend a school here or relocate to Tampa and enroll in that school as that's were me and my fiancé plan on making a move to next year anyway.

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.

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.

Mighty Mike's Comment
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Although its a ways from you, there's a school called Tampa Truck Driving School. The way it works is...you come in and so long as you meet all their requirements, you choose the company you'd like to work for and you're basically hired pending you obtaining your CDL. No upfront costs other than a few hundred bucks for dmv and testing fees. Upon hire you start paying back the school after 60 days of employment.

I like this as they're taking all the risk and investing in you rather than having to pay upfront and hope you're able to land something straight out of school.

I'm currently debating on whether to stay in NYC and attend a school here or relocate to Tampa and enroll in that school as that's were me and my fiancé plan on making a move to next year anyway.

Well the two or three schools I would be attending are about 2-3 hours away from me anyway......Orlando and Jacksonville.........so I will check out Tampa for sure. Thanks for the tip.

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.

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Although its a ways from you, there's a school called Tampa Truck Driving School. The way it works is...you come in and so long as you meet all their requirements, you choose the company you'd like to work for and you're basically hired pending you obtaining your CDL. No upfront costs other than a few hundred bucks for dmv and testing fees. Upon hire you start paying back the school after 60 days of employment.

I like this as they're taking all the risk and investing in you rather than having to pay upfront and hope you're able to land something straight out of school.

I'm currently debating on whether to stay in NYC and attend a school here or relocate to Tampa and enroll in that school as that's were me and my fiancé plan on making a move to next year anyway.

Trucking companies go by the ADDRESS ON YOUR LICENSE to determine whether you are in their hiring area.

So a SoFla resident, going to a Tampa school - will only get hired - if that company hires from his SoFla zip code - OR - if he changes his license to Tampa (and many companies still consider Tampa too far south). Also remember - NO PRIVATE SCHOOL (including county Vo-Techs and State Colleges) can GUARANTEE A HIRE.

Rick

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.

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.

TNTrucker73's Comment
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Trucking companies go by the ADDRESS ON YOUR LICENSE to determine whether you are in their hiring area.

So a SoFla resident, going to a Tampa school - will only get hired - if that company hires from his SoFla zip code - OR - if he changes his license to Tampa (and many companies still consider Tampa too far south). Also remember - NO PRIVATE SCHOOL (including county Vo-Techs and State Colleges) can GUARANTEE A HIRE.

Rick

This is Incorrect There are tons of companies that hire and you don't have to be in the Home state. Ie Swift, Stevens Covenant, Total Transportation and so on. If he lives In NY he can get his Permit there and attend school in FL and go back home with a Certificate and get his CDl.

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.
Dominick V.'s Comment
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While I understand that no school can GUARANTEE a hire, this school doesnt even accept you until you're pre-hired by one of their affiliated trucking companies.

With us you can start with less than $200 (DOT Physical, Drug Screen, and CDL Licence) out of pocket! Once you have been pre-hired by one of our approved trucking companies, we will finance your tuition with NO Credit Check and NO Co-Signors!

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Mighty Mike's Comment
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Let's see what the recruiters say. I will post the info. I've applied to Tampa Truck Driving School.

TNTrucker73's Comment
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Let's see what the recruiters say. I will post the info. I've applied to Tampa Truck Driving School.

Good Deal

Dominick V.'s Comment
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Good Luck! I fly down on Dec 1st to meet with my recruiter. If all sounds and goes well, I'll be attending.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Trucking companies go by the ADDRESS ON YOUR LICENSE to determine whether you are in their hiring area.

So a SoFla resident, going to a Tampa school - will only get hired - if that company hires from his SoFla zip code - OR - if he changes his license to Tampa (and many companies still consider Tampa too far south). Also remember - NO PRIVATE SCHOOL (including county Vo-Techs and State Colleges) can GUARANTEE A HIRE.

Rick

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This is Incorrect There are tons of companies that hire and you don't have to be in the Home state. Ie Swift, Stevens Covenant, Total Transportation and so on. If he lives In NY he can get his Permit there and attend school in FL and go back home with a Certificate and get his CDl.

Sorry - but trucking companies hiring areas go by your DECLARED RESIDENCE - which goes by the ADDRESS ON YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE. No one said you had to be in the COMPANIES HOME STATE (at least I didn't) but you do have to be from an area they hire from.

Companies have to GET YOU HOME FOR HOME TIME - this is the biggest hangup for those of us in South Florida - NO ONE HIRES FROM HERE - well, a few do actually - but the biggies - Swift, Prime, etc. DO NOT.

And if you look at the hiring maps for most companies - everything SOUTH OF I-4, is usually OUT OF THE HIRING AREA.

So it would be foolish to advise someone who is in an area that the company he wants to sign on with - DOESN'T HIRE OUT OF - that somehow going to a school in Tampa that hires graduates from that school - is going to change the fact that they DO NOT HIRE FROM HIS HOME ZIP CODE.

Same thing would go for someone from NYC coming down here to go to school - and expecting to get on with a company that DOESN'T HIRE FROM NYC ZIP CODES.

Rick

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.
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