Seeking Additional Training From WA Class B To A

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Lisa L.'s Comment
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I'm about to begin training with my local school district, after which I'll be eligible for a Class B license. Since I plan to pass all of the tests for every possible class and endorsement in Washington State, I'd love to find a way to add in the additional training to get a Class A before my permit expires.

Beyond the training I will have taken, I'll need an additional: Classroom instruction – 20 hours Behind-the-wheel training - 4 hours Backing maneuvers – 12 hours Proficiency development – 12 hours Observation, lab, and range work – 64 hours

Is this feasible (on a shoestring, if that)? I'm not looking at trucking as a career; this is more of a whim, but there are probably times when it could come handy.

Many thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I don't understand at all. Why would you bother getting a CDL if you have no intention of using it?

Seriously, a "stale" CDL is pretty useless as companies generally don't hire you without recent CDL schooling or recent experience. I don't understand your point.

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.
Lisa L.'s Comment
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I didn't say I had no intention of using it; I just said I didn't plan to drive as a career. I do envision driving occasionally and probably locally. Be that as it may, your advice about a "stale" CDL is useful.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Like I replied to you in the "Too Smart" thread. Your perception of truck driving is dangerous. This isn't like learning how-to ride a bike in order to enhance a leisurely weekend at Muffy and Biff's mountain cottage.

Please read this link:

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

This is a serous and very dangerous business requiring commitment and dedication. There are far too many obstacles that fortunately will block your eccentric curiosity from becoming a reality.

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