If Driver Solutions " Can't Help Me At This Time " Should I Give Up On Paid CDL Training?

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Bob L.'s Comment
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Well I talked to a driver agent monday and she said she would let me know something by today. No call or email from anyone but when i logged into their website it said that they were unable to assist me with paid training at this time. The thing is I have horrible credit and I am currently unemployed and have been for almost a year. I don't want to go get another fast food job. If this place can't help me is that an indication that none of these entry level trucking companies are going to hire me even if i somehow pay for the school myself ? I don't want to waste a bunch of money for no job. I have no DUI's ever. No felonies or drug charges ever. No accidents of any kind ever. Have had speeding tickets and some misdemeanor shoplifting charges between 7 to 12 years ago. I feel like being unemployed for so long is why they turned me down. Unless they really do do a credit check and say that they don't.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Bob!

First of all, one of the most helpful things you can do for yourself is throw everything you've heard about these companies in the garbage because 99% of the opinions you get on other sites about trucking companies is exactly that - garbage. Slander, heresy, and blatant lies.

We tell people all the time - trucking is performance-based and every company in America has plenty of freight, good equipment, and fair treatment for their best drivers. If you're hard working, reliable, take your trade seriously, and get along well with people you'll do well at any company you work for. If you don't have those qualities - which a lot of people don't - you're going to be miserable no matter where you go. So ignore that garbage and focus on yourself.

Apply to all of the companies you possibly can and see who shows interest. In the meantime, read through our Truck Driver's Career Guide and continue working on our High Road Training Program. Those two things will help you understand the trucking industry, make informed decisions about what will work best for you, and prepare you for your CDL permit and endorsement exams.

Trust me - any major company that hires students can be a great place to get your career started if you're willing and able to do what it takes to become an awesome driver and get along with people. With your background, someone (I suspect several companies in fact) will give you an opportunity. Apply everywhere, find all of the companies that are willing to give you a shot, choose the one you feel best about, and go in there well-prepared and with a fantastic attitude. If you'll do that, things will work out great for ya.

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.

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.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Why are you limiting yourself to one company?? There are a lot of companies that offer paid training..Swift, Prime, Celedon..just to name a few..start putting out apps and see what comes back..

PJ's Comment
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Bob I don't know about their criteria, but Roehl has a cutoff of 500. That is pretty low. I went through a nasty divorce and mine isn't too hot right now either and I qualified with them. Roadkill is right start liting up some phone lines.

Starcar's Comment
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And you can apply at ALOT of schools here:: Company-Sponsored Training ...so put yourself out there.....Theres lots of companies who will give you a chance. Oh...and WELCOME to TT !! we're here to help...ask any questions you want...and jump on in the forums...

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.

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.

Bob L.'s Comment
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Well from what i understand ,driver solutions recruits people for PAM and USA. I wish there was a better way to cast the line out and see whats bitin, but it looks like they're the ones fishin. LOL I had heard that they were pretty much the bottom of the barrel as far as trying to break into the trucking career which kinda bummed me out for them to turn me down. But I won't let it get to me. I've made up my mind that trucking is what I want to do and it would suit my lifestyle so I am going to just keep puttin myself out there. I will check with the companies you guys have listed above and thanks for the advice.

Bob L.'s Comment
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Just finished the online application for Prime. I'm going to try applying to as many as I can over this weekend. I'll update when i hear anything.

Bob L.'s Comment
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Also Swift and Cr England. I'll update this when i hear back from each if anyone is interested.

PJ's Comment
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Bob not sure where you got your info PAM and USA were the bottom of the barrel. Go to the company sponsored training program section on here and you can apply for many at once and save yourself a lot of grief. All these companies are doing the same thing, and in need of drivers. Just depends which one fits your personal needs the best. Being in KY Prime and Knight have schools within a reasonable distance if that is a concern. They all have some differences in what they offer, IE hometime plans, pet policy, time in training, time out on the road, etc. Hope this helps you a little. Also some of the schools are in the other forum for schools where some of us have wrote about our days in school with various companies. Hope this helps you out a bit. Don't give up if credit is your only problem.

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 R.'s Comment
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CR England in Richmond,In. Was a good start for me,They pay for school and hire you.After 6 months School was paid and I moved on to smaller company.Good Luck

Bob L.'s Comment
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CR England in Richmond,In. Was a good start for me,They pay for school and hire you.After 6 months School was paid and I moved on to smaller company.Good Luck

Thanks for the support. I've been reading everything I can read on just about any website that has info on entry level trucking jobs and paid cdl training. Hopefully I can get one of these companies to give me a shot. I'm 35 years old ,divorced, no kids, no nothing really. I moved out here on my moms property in a camper to keep an eye on her but she seems to be doing okay now and I just would like a fresh start with a new career. Living in a truck would probably seem spacious to me at this point. LOL not to mention having a paycheck would be really nice also. CR England looked good from what I have read. Prime also, although I think Prime had a better policy on getting you some cash to start out with. Hopefully not just pushing it on you so you have to pay it back though. I don't really expect anyone to get back to me until after monday though. In the meantime I'm going to study up on the CDL manual and the online course on the site here.

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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