Hazmat Training

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Philip N.'s Comment
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Is Hazmat part of CDL school for everyone even if you will not be driving hazardous material or driving a tanker? I am working through the High Road Program and want to know what else I should focus on. I have completed 40% of the course including: Rules & Regulations (permit) Driving Safely (permit) Transporting Cargo Safely (permit) Air Brakes (permit) Combination Vehicles (permit) Doubles And Triples (endorsement) Driving Exam (permit)

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Philip N.'s Comment
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I checked the Trainco curriculum and answered this for myself. Phil

Is Hazmat part of CDL school for everyone even if you will not be driving hazardous material or driving a tanker? I am working through the High Road Program and want to know what else I should focus on. I have completed 40% of the course including: Rules & Regulations (permit) Driving Safely (permit) Transporting Cargo Safely (permit) Air Brakes (permit) Combination Vehicles (permit) Doubles And Triples (endorsement) Driving Exam (permit)

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Big Scott's Comment
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We highly recommend getting all endorsements. Hazmat requires a TSA background check. Having all the endorsements gives more options for future trucking jobs. Why limit yourself?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Errol V.'s Comment
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There is a small hazmat piece for all CDL-A drivers. Mainly where you keep the bills and that you might carry some hazmat but you don't need placards. (Think car batteries - not hazardous as long as the pallet stack isn't broken.)

But this isn't meant for full on hazmat loads.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Diver Driver's Comment
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Do yourself a favor and get ALL your endorsements.. even if you're not interested in hauling hazmat or tankers. You'll be surprised at how much hazmat there is that isn't of the "holy crap dangerous" type. Some of its actually just a type of soap they use on micro chips. Or, just plain old paint. It makes you more valuable to your employer, and they pay extra.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Tanker is important because even dry van , liquid can be carried in totes which can shift from the surge.

Many companies such as prime require tanker even if you work another division.

i didnt get my hazmat until.recently after 3 years of driving. i didnt want the hassle of being forced to run hazmat right out of training then just never bothered.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Philip N.'s Comment
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That is exactly how I feel. Thanks.

Tanker is important because even dry van , liquid can be carried in totes which can shift from the surge.

Many companies such as prime require tanker even if you work another division.

i didnt get my hazmat until.recently after 3 years of driving. i didnt want the hassle of being forced to run hazmat right out of training then just never bothered.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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