Stevens Company Sponsored Cdl Training

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Johnnie Mac's Comment
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Has anyone gone through stevens company sponsored training and if so can i get some feedback. I start on the 17th of july and im pretty pumped about it

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.

Cold War Surplus's Comment
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There's more than one school. Stevens and CRST both send veterans to a school in Colorado for training. I went to the school as a CRST student. Same trucks, same instructors, same dorms. There were three differences between the groups. CRST advanced their students $75/wk. for groceries. We repaid that later through payroll deductions. We were asked not to tell the Stevens students about this since they didn't get grocery money. When the training was complete CRST students took a rental car to orientation in OKC, Stevens students took the Greyhound to Texas. Apparently a tornado had gone through the area where Stevens has orientation about the time we graduated so it took my classmates a few days to make contact with Stevens after they arrived in Texas. The driving skills tests in orientation was the biggest difference. CRST students drove to a truck stop down the street from the terminal. Stevens students would spend hours every day performing rigorous maneuvers. At one point they described having to take the truck and trailer on a figure-8 course in reverse!

Day 1 - DOT Physical. You'll take a UA. Physicals were done in a chiropractor's office above a nearby truckstop first thing in the morning. Afternoon is orientation then study for your permit. Day 2 - Study for permit. Day 3 - Go to DMV before dawn, wait for DMV to open, take your permit test. Afternoon in the yard hooking and unhooking trailers. The rest of week 1 is spent taking a truck with >1,000,000 miles forward about 200 yards then back in a straight line over and over. Done? O.K., you can watch the next student do the same thing! Day 3 is the day the UA results come back. On average, we'd lose one student from each class for testing hot.

Week 2 - Take the same truck forward 200 yards, back at an angle into a lane parallel to the one you started in, pull forward and then back into the lane you started in. About an 8 hour day in the yard and evenings spent studying the textbook and filling out a multiple-choice test.

Week 3 - Mornings in the yard working on alley backing, afternoons on the road through rural Colorado. You'll be evaluated on your next to last day on your pre-trip, alley backing and driving skills. If you pass you'll be given a certificate by your evaluator. In the afternoon you'll drive to the DMV with the rest of your class and redeem your permit, the certificate and your driver's license for a temporary paper CDL. On your last day you'll be packing, working on your travel arrangements to orientation and finishing any odds and ends with your paperwork. There's a small celebration and awards ceremony for highest gpa and best road test scores.


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.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.


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.


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.

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