If I Fail Out Of Training

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Andrew J.'s Comment
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Hey truckers. As someone looking to get into trucking I have a few questions. I am looking at going to Millis Transfer or prime trucking school here in about a month or so. My question is if I can’t get it, maybe I have a problem backing or shifting and it isn’t working, I’ve heard the company could send me home. I have been watching YouTube videos and one guy said somebody was sent home from Millis Transfer because he had trouble backing a truck. I want to be positive and think that there is no way I’ll fail and I don’t want to think like this but I have to know everything before I get into this because I’m quitting my job to do this and I have a family to support. If a company sends me home does that go on my record? And would I have trouble getting into another training program with another company? This is something I want to do and I will work as hard as I can and do the best I can to make it work I just want to know all things that could possibly go wrong. Thanks everyone in advance.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Andrew, the most important thing to know is that failing out of a program isn't going to prevent you from getting your trucking career underway. Yes, it will go on your record. It also means that not all companies will consider you immediately after that because some companies won't bring in a student who has already attended another paid CDL training program.

However, there will be companies willing to give you another shot so you would just have to get back on that horse and try again.

You could always attend a private CDL school if you couldn't get a paid training program to give you a shot, but I wouldn't expect that to be a problem in the end.

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.
Andrew J.'s Comment
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Thank you Brett for response and all the great info on this site. It has helped me a lot in doing what I have always just dreamed about but never acted on. The high road training is also very beneficial too.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad to hear you're enjoying the site Andrew. Keep studying that High Road CDL Training Program hard. If you can find the time, make sure you do the Logbook and Weight & Balance sections. They're not covered very well in training sometimes and there's a lot to know. If you can get ahead of the game now you'll be in much better shape once the training begins.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Old School's Comment
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Andrew, you also need to realize much of what you're going to find online is not always based in reality. Very few people get sent home for lack of ability. Many will claim that and try to say it isn't fair, when they are too embarrassed to admit to the true reason they failed.

Usually if you're struggling but putting forth good effort, these programs will work with you on it. In the last five years on this forum I can only think of two or three people getting sent home for not executing some required maneuver. Colin is a current member in that predicament and it only took him a couple of weeks to get back in the game.

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.
Andrew J.'s Comment
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Thanks for sharing old school. I’ve been watching too many YouTube videos. Haha

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