CRST - Training Adventures In Cedar Rapids

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PackRat's Comment
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Good updates. We're still reading them.good-luck.gif

Army 's Comment
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Yes, I am reading them too. My recruiter from CRST texted me yesterday I guess I put my last name first, and my first name last (Like I have done my entire army career) and my background paperwork got kicked back....such a struggle lol....I apologized, but him being a retired military person, he understands...I hope to get a prehire soon.

On a different note, Jim Palmer is still my first choice. I have set up a tentative time to do a meet and greet back in Montana when I got back for my permissive TDY....gotta love the ability to be gone for 30 days, and not miss a paycheck....these days will soon be gone...lol

Prehire:

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.

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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To me, the drab and mundane updates are the best ones. You show the real nitty gritty stuff about training/orientation. I've read enough to know about backing practice and PTI review. It's nice to read about what you guys are thinking and how you react to situations. Don't stress over how colorful and exciting your diary is to everyone else... like Army and Packrat said, we're all still reading. Keep it up and good luck!

Nolan's Comment
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Hey Jeremy!

Don't worry your diary is very detailed! Keep up the good work! thank-you.gifgood-luck.gif

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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That's a good attitude to have towards tests. Confident, but not complacent.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Quick update... At DMV getting my CDL temp license. Passed all the permit tests first time. Feels pretty good.

Will reply to you guys posts in just a bit.

But... NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE High Road CDL Training Program HERE ON TT AND ALL THE GREAT PEOPLE HERE HELPING US NOOBS ALONG!

So Grateful!!!

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

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.

Nolan's Comment
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Congrats sir!!!dancing-dog.gif

Army 's Comment
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Congrats!! It is so rewarding to follow people on here that are like me. We start wanting to change careers, and who to drive for and schools to attend, and then you follow people like Jeremy and Don, that show up and start progressing and passing tests etc...I am sure it is a great feeling. WOOHOO

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Congrats sir!!!

Thank you!

Congrats!! It is so rewarding to follow people on here that are like me. We start wanting to change careers, and who to drive for and schools to attend, and then you follow people like Jeremy and Don, that show up and start progressing and passing tests etc...I am sure it is a great feeling. WOOHOO

Thank you, sir! It really is a great feeling. There are a lot of people walking around here in a daze today, wondering what just happened. Many of them just got hit over the head with the reality of goofing off and acting like they were at summer camp for the last few days. I am not gloating over their failure today (they might kick it in to gear and actually pass the test in a day or so.) But the feeling of pride and accomplishment due to discipline and some sacrifice... Yes, it feels very good to have worked for this and made it on the first try.

And I have to give credit to the trucking Truth community for the wisdom, motivation, and support I've received here. Could I have made it this far without ever visiting this website? Debatable. But thank God I never had to find out.

Now I just have to pass the full CDL test on the first try! shocked.png

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Yes, I am reading them too. My recruiter from CRST texted me yesterday I guess I put my last name first, and my first name last (Like I have done my entire army career) and my background paperwork got kicked back....such a struggle lol....I apologized, but him being a retired military person, he understands...I hope to get a prehire soon.

On a different note, Jim Palmer is still my first choice. I have set up a tentative time to do a meet and greet back in Montana when I got back for my permissive TDY....gotta love the ability to be gone for 30 days, and not miss a paycheck....these days will soon be gone...lol

Jim Palmer, Wil Trans and Prime have very similar training and requirements. At Prime veterans get a 9 momth contract instead of a year. Be sure to ask JP if theirs is the same. Then let me know hahahha

Prehire:

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.

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