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The Highlight Reel's Comment
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Hello Everyone,

My Son is 23 years old and has decided that he wants to get his CDL. Does anyone know if a GED is required? Has anyone had any positive experience with Drivers Solution? While I would love for him to get his GED I am more excited that he has made a firm decision about his future and is ready to start! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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.

Andrew N.'s Comment
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Most if not all companies require a minimum of a GED. He can get the CDL but will still need at least a GED before he would be able to get a driving job.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, there may be a company here and there that will take him without a GED, but I'd highly recommend he gets one before pouring a ton of time and energy into obtaining a CDL.
 
As far as Driver Solutions, they seem like a pretty good place to obtain a CDL. They've been around for many years, are well established, and are totally legitimate. But keep in mind, they only work with two companies right now, those being USA Truck and PAM. Neither of those companies list their education requirements, but you might want to call one of their recruiters and ask. Also, if he doesn't put in his full 1-year commitment or fails out of the program for whatever reason, he will have to foot the entire bill of his CDL schooling and Driver Solutions is very expensive.
 
I'm not trying to steer you away from Driver Solutions by any means. That would be a great place to get started. But here are some other options for you to consider as well:
 
Companies with free, or nearly free, CDL schools

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.
Andrew N.'s Comment
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I suggest he get his GED for other reasons. There may come a time in his life that driving truck isn't what he wants or can do anymore. Having his GED will be one less hassle, if he has to change jobs. Do it now, while he has his schooling pretty fresh. The older you get the more schooling that slips away. Example: Algebra.....who ever used that after school, unless your a rocket scientist ????????? French: I took 4 years.....never used it....wish I'd taken spanish, tho. Your son may be able to "challenge" the GED test.He may be able to take the test, without studying the topics he doesn't have enough school credits in. This varies from state to state, so check it out. Any vo tech, or community college can give you that information. Good luck.

The Highlight Reel's Comment
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Thank you to each of you that took the time to reply! We went to the Secretary of State to get a copy of his DMV report so that we would have accurate information about that. We came home and he applied at Driver's Solutions. He has to call them tomorrow at 1pm. I am praying to Jesus and all of his friends that this works for him! I am so proud that he is making a decision about a life career! I will continue to encourage him to get his GED and will check into the "Challenge" testing of the GED. Without a car going to GED classes would be very hard for him to do right now.

Thank you all and have a great evening!

Kim

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.

Andrew N.'s Comment
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Most if not all companies require a minimum of a GED.

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Yeah, there may be a company here and there that will take him without a GED, but I'd highly recommend he gets one before pouring a ton of time and energy into obtaining a CDL.

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I suggest he get his GED for other reasons. There may come a time in his life that driving truck isn't what he wants or can do anymore.

 
I completely agree!    
 
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Example: Algebra.....who ever used that after school, unless your a rocket scientist ?????????
 
 
It must be good for something?  
 
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French: I took 4 years.....never used it....

 
Yeah, but it sounds cool!    
 
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...wish I'd taken spanish, tho.

 
We all should have, apparently.  

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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