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Matt 's Comment
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How can you tell if some of the schools or recruiting places are legit? I have tried finding information on line but all I can find is their sales pitch.

Nate W's Comment
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by asking people on sites like this one. Any places in particular you're looking at? You just gotta do a lot of digging. I myself did a lot of research before signing up with Roehl Transport's get your cdl program. I found a lot of help from people on here.

How can you tell if some of the schools or recruiting places are legit? I have tried finding information on line but all I can find is their sales pitch.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Standards are set for "legitimate" schools by the The Professional Truck Driver Institute. They set standards they believe should get a new student off the street and into a truck.

The PDTI standards are voluntary, not legal, but most major companies look for the PDTI standards for their new hires.

The main requirement is that a school provides at least 160 hours of classroom and practice for their students.

Another thing you can do in checking out a school is to ask what companies hire their grads. Then follow up on that list. (You are looking for a job after you graduate, right? Why not start now?)

Matt 's Comment
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I'm wondering how a recruiting agency can offer their own rate of pay. Is it just the company they are recruiting for? GP recruiting is the name of it. By the sounds of their add you work for them but I would think you wouldn't work for a recruiting agency as a DRIVER

G-Town's Comment
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Matt wrote:

I'm wondering how a recruiting agency can offer their own rate of pay. Is it just the company they are recruiting for? GP recruiting is the name of it. By the sounds of their add you work for them but I would think you wouldn't work for a recruiting agency as a DRIVER

You don't need a recruiting company to find you a job. It's like fishing in a barrel, no rod required. Your employer is the trucking company.

Most Private Truck Driving Schools will help with job placement. TT has a feature designed to ensure you have potential jobs lined up before entering a private school:

Your other option: Paid CDL Training Programs

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.

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.

Kirk P.'s Comment
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I went with one of the local community colleges in my area, come to find out it was a actual training company doing the training and they were just renting a room to have the class out of and they had some sort of agreement with the school. The school would see that they got students while they had their class there, I'm sure there was a lot of money involved in some aspect of it as well.

As sub-par as the training was all 4 of us in that class got our CDL. And they did have recruiters come in from various companies. Maverick, Schneider, U.S. Express, Keim TS and even the local concrete company came by looking for dump truck and concrete truck drivers.

But i do like the fact that I'm not in debt to a company or have a contract. But I was prior military and used my G.I. Bill so I know not everyone has that opportunity.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Kirk is unimpressed:

As sub-par as the training was all 4 of us in that class got our CDL.

98% of trucking schools have one goal: get students ready to pass the CDL test. In your case, 100% of your class did "graduate", so the school did it's job with flying colors.

I also considered that my Swift Academy did not teach us enough "trucking". But most of us made the CDL examiner happy and we got it licenses. That was, and is, the goal of trucking schools: get students past the CDL skills test, and not much else. That's why it's a regular thing to put recent grads on a truck with an experienced trainer.

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.
K.R.'s Comment
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Kirk is unimpressed:

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As sub-par as the training was all 4 of us in that class got our CDL.

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98% of trucking schools have one goal: get students ready to pass the CDL test. In your case, 100% of your class did "graduate", so the school did it's job with flying colors.

I also considered that my Swift Academy did not teach us enough "trucking". But most of us made the CDL examiner happy and we got it licenses. That was, and is, the goal of trucking schools: get students past the CDL skills test, and not much else. That's why it's a regular thing to put recent grads on a truck with an experienced trainer.

Yeah. Every time I mention something about school not teaching us enough "trucking" they basically tell me, that's what your time out with your mentor is for.

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.
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