Roehl Agility Test

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Ralph B.'s Comment
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Hey guys, so I'm exploring a career in change to trucking. I was a cable guy and end up herniated a disk and took two surgeries to correct. Long story short, I am now cleared for work with no restrictions but my company wants to take me out of the field and put me behind a desk. I have been in the field for more than 11 years and cant imagine myself doing a desk job. Even though I have been cleared for work with no restrictions, I haven't really stressed and tested my back since my last surgery this past February. Before I got hurt, I was constantly climbing ladders, pulling lines working in crawl spaces, moving my ladder of about 70 lbs, installing 50-60lb battery backups, sometimes while on ladders. So I had the strength to do it then, but it's now been over a year since I've done any of that. So my question is what does a new driver agility test consist of? More especially with Roehl if anyone knows. I plan on taking my CLP test next week and Roehl is looking for me to be in GA in July. If anyone has any input it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Ralph

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I failed the Roehl test in 2016 because my heart rate was 2 bpm over their limit. Basically you do a pretty easy physical test like duck under a mock up of a trailer and scoot on one knee. Then they take your heart rate, and if it is low enough it is on to the next test if not it is a embarrassing van ride back and drive home. I'd go to a gym and give it a few tries as long as you are om shape you should be ok.

Tim F.'s Comment
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Hey Ralph, Roehl no longer does the agility test that Ralph talks about. They now test you on a resistance machine. They test both range of motion and strength. The key areas are...shoulders, knees, and back....both forward and backward. There is a predetermined score you must exceed to be hired.

If, as you say, you are fully recovered there should be no issues. Specifically the back is a forward bend with resistance by the machine and then back up to straight...again with a resistance.

Good luck

Ralph B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info guys. I haven't put any real stress on my back since surgery, so now i need to decide if it's worth taking a chance on taking the 1000 mile drive to find out or wait and strengthen my back a little more first.

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