Houston Community College CDL School

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Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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Well I'm back home. I left the house at 06:10 and arrived there around 06:40. I wanted to eat at Arby's, but I didn't have enough time. I'll have to leave at 05:30 if I want to have anything to eat before noon.

Class runs from 07:00 to 17:30 Monday through Thursday with Friday being a "work at home day." I read here a lot that training is usually 180 hours or so, but this class is ~268 hours. The instructor also emphasised that it was PTDI certified. Now, I don't know much so that just sounds like filler to me, but if anyone knows how great that is, then I'd like to hear it. One of the things he mentioned that was good here was that our CDL test takes place at the school; we don't go to the DPS to test.

He regaled us with a tale of him bringing a student to the DPS a few years back at 08:00, and a lady told them since they needed to clear all the trucks off of the lot, that they would fail every student no matter what. And sure enough, they did.

Nothing much happened today; the first thing that happened between 07:00 and 08:00 was listening to a recruiter talk to everyone who was enrolled. After that we filled out a bunch of signatures on a bunch of forms throughout the day, and listened to the man talk about trucking in general. Some of the students were focused on money money money, and then the occasional ELD question.

When I was reading through all the packets that they handed out discussing policies and such, it stated that we get three attempts at passing our CDL exam or we're out of there. That brought out my anxiety a little bit. "What if I fail?" etc. type things, but if I take a step back and think, I can realise that if I'm showing up everyday and actively attempting to learn, I should have no worries. Some people complain about the 10 hour day, but honestly, give me all the hours you're going to give me. Let me be there all day; it doesn't cost me any more cash. I kind of wish that us that already had our permits were told "All right, go out back and learn pre-trip this week.", but it's not going to happen.

One thing the instructor told us at the end of the class was that when we get our permits, we need to absoloutley make sure we're type 1 non-excepted interstate on our medical certificate. I'm confident that that was my choice, but he also mentioned that we need to tell the DPS clerk to have a "direct entry of medical card into computer." so that later down the line we don't get a nasty letter telling us we've been downgraded to a class C. I didn't tell the lady this. Oh boy. That means next week when everyone goes to get their permits, I'll be right at the DPS making sure that that's what happened. I don't even know what I'm going to say when I get there or what "type of visit" I'm going to select at the computer when I get there.

And also, I need to park in the shade. It's 95 F+ recently in Houston and my car was hot as Satan's armpits.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Yuuyo, Community Colleges CDL courses are longer, because they get some additional funding for their course through grant programs. They have to meet minimum standards to receive those monies, and one of those minimums is length of course study time.

PTDI certification isn't really a big deal. It's something you pay for, and it's more a marketing gimmick than anything else. But, Community College CDL training is really good, and some people really seem to benefit from the extra time spent on the studies.

Good luck, and thanks for keeping us posted!

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.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Don't get obsessed with details, Yuuyo. There's a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. Focus on your course requirements and enjoy the ride! Your wheels are already rolling!!!

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