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Jmart's Comment
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So sorry to hear that. I have been there. I was hoping to get to meet you. I may be here a couple of days. My best wishes to you and your family.

Thanks.

Splitter's Comment
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Hey Jmart, if I may, I just realized you had asked about Knight in a previous thread, can you say why you decided against Knight & for CFI? I know this is a personal decision & will respect your decision if you choose not to say why. I know Big Scott is a huge cheerleader for CFI. Just looking for any help in my decision making process I guess. Either way, God bless & stay safe.

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.

Jmart's Comment
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Hey Jmart, if I may, I just realized you had asked about Knight in a previous thread, can you say why you decided against Knight & for CFI? I know this is a personal decision & will respect your decision if you choose not to say why. I know Big Scott is a huge cheerleader for CFI. Just looking for any help in my decision making process I guess. Either way, God bless & stay safe.

I picked CFI for many reasons: - the recruiter from Knight was supposed to call me to interview me like 3 times and never called, the recruiters at CFI were responsive - i haven't heard/seen anything negative about CFI - you get to take your truck home during home time - you do not pay for schooling, if you are with them for 12 months - i like the fact that they are not the biggest trucking company

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.

Splitter's Comment
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I picked CFI for many reasons: - the recruiter from Knight was supposed to call me to interview me like 3 times and never called, the recruiters at CFI were responsive - i haven't heard/seen anything negative about CFI - you get to take your truck home during home time - you do not pay for schooling, if you are with them for 12 months - i like the fact that they are not the biggest trucking company

Thanks. I had the opposite happen with Knight & the others I reached out to. I guess we end up where we belong. Although it’s not a done deal yet. I have to get my Florida residency, my CDL permit & register/insure my personal car, all in 1 week. Good luck getting your family affairs taken care of & that you get to school ASAP. God bless & stay safe.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Jmart's Comment
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I officially start school on Monday, Jan 22nd. I will update my diary on a daily basis, whenever possible. Looking forward to starting a new experience.

Jmart's Comment
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Today I left Montana to make my way to Joplin, MO. I decided to drive. Tomorrow, I will get there and then Friday we sign contracts and do drug screens. Then school starts Monday.

Josh H.'s Comment
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Good luck! Let me know how your 1st few days go... I'm planning on going with CFI and getting CDL in a month or so. Have a good weekend!

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Good luck! Let me know how your 1st few days go... I'm planning on going with CFI and getting CDL in a month or so. Have a good weekend!

Great news. We need drivers. We have pleanty of freight. If you have any questions or need any help, that's what I'm here 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.
Jmart's Comment
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1-19-18 Day One We spent the morning with drug screens (urine and hair follicle)and for those that needed, physicals. This took the entire morning to lunch. After lunch, we met with recruiting and signed our contracts and learned what to expect from our schooling. If you choose to train with CFI, in return you agree to drive for them for 12 months. If you leave prior to 12 months, you are charged for school for the portion of the 12 months you don't complete. We will be attending Crowder College in Neosho, MO. This is the state testing facility for MO for CDL testing. So, we will be practicing the routes, etc that we will do when we test. This is a huge advantage in my opinion! School is 4 weeks. Once you are done with school and obtain your CDL, you are scheduled for orientation, which starts the next Monday in Joplin. Orientation Is 4 days. Following orientation, you have the option to take up to 7 days home time. If you choose not to take home time, you are assigned a trainer. You may have to wait for a trainer depending on who's available. However, while you wait, you are paid $75/day. If you take home time, you will be assigned a trainer and go out once you return. You will drive 7500 miles with your trainer. You will drive while the trainer coaches from the passenger seat. I got a great impression of CFI today! I chose to drive, and was reimbursed my gas money, up to the price of what a bus ticket would have been.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Congratulations. Glad you made it safe. We need a good diary for Crowder as mine covers Truck Dynasty. This will be a great help to others. Glad you get to take your CDL test there. Take your time. Good luck.

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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