April 3rd

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Todd S.'s Comment
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Well, looks like I will be starting at a private school (Smith and Solomon in New Castle, DE) on April 3rd. Studying my butt off as we speak to take the written before then. Will be trying to get every endorsement minus the School Bus and Passenger ones (for now anyways).

Michael V.'s Comment
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Sounds fancy. How much is a private school now days?

Pete B.'s Comment
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Good luck Todd! Good idea knocking out those written exams ahead of time. In a previous post you mentioned you would be attending CDL school on Sundays & Mondays while maintaining your full-time job... It's apparent you have a great work ethic and huge sense of responsibility. That will serve you well in your new career. The way you've scheduled your schooling it may seem like it's going to take forever to get there, but keep your eye on the prize and your initiative will see you through to a very rewarding career.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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Michael, the school by me in Ohio is $5,500. I haven't compared this to a company's training (vs. what they deduct for a year) to know if it breaks even.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Michael, the school by me in Ohio is $5,500. I haven't compared this to a company's training (vs. what they deduct for a year) to know if it breaks even.

Swift tuition is $3900.00. After 1 year You have paid $1950.00 and Swift has matched it. Stick around for another year and they reimburse the $1950.00.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime doesn't have you pay back any money at all unless you quit before your year is up. I only put up $155 up front for paperwork/background check.

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