Training With Drivers Solutions In Philadelphia

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LongShot's Comment
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Hi Oak & Iron, Did you get

LongShot's Comment
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Hi Oak & Iron, I had a question about going through school with Driver solutions and PAM. Did you get a physical, hard copy of your diploma/certificate, when you graduated ? Or do they hold that, until the 12 month commitment to PAM is complete and or the tuition balance is paid in full ?

PS.. I could not find the edit button. Sorry about the incomplete post above.

Jamie's Comment
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PS.. I could not find the edit button. Sorry about the incomplete post above.

There is no edit button sadly, I wish we had one. It's recommended to preview your post before posting it for that reason. :p

Oak and Iron's Comment
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Hey Longshot.

When I went to the AAA Trucking office after I passed my test, I didn't receive hard copies of anything other than my medical paperwork. All I received was a single page that said Drivers Solutions and Swift at the top. It had a couple of phone numbers of people I needed to contact. I spoke with Emily at Drivers Solutions briefly and I left a message saying that i graduated at the second number. Then i called my Swift Rep (Dawn L.) and she was fabulous! She has me set up to start orientation in Harrisburg on Monday 8/6. The list of things she sent me me has "Bring your driving school diploma and student loan agreement (if applicable)." I have my loan agreement copy from my first day in the classroom and that's what I'm bringing. Other than my actual CDL , I don't have anything that says that I completed the course and graduated. And now, I find that a little disturbing. :/

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.
LongShot's Comment
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Hey Longshot.

Other than my actual CDL , I don't have anything that says that I completed the course and graduated. And now, I find that a little disturbing. :/

I went to school through Drivers Solutions in Florida. I started almost the same day as you and graduated a few days after you. It sounds like we both went through the same process. I don't think we need to worry.

After I passed my test, I went back to school straight from the DMV , with my new CDL licence in hand. They called Driver solutions to tell them I graduated and to start the next phase of getting me on a training truck.

My school said I will not get a hard copy of the diploma/certificate. I was told they keep it on file until your commitment with PAM is fulfilled.

I assume I could get a hard copy of it after the commitment is fulfilled.

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.

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.

LongShot's Comment
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One last thing I forgot . The school I went to also placed students with Swift like you oak&Iron, but also, PAM, USA Trucking and some others.

They did say some students for whatever reason do end up switching to other companies before the year long commitment is done.

They said as long as the financial end is being met, when the students new employer calls to check to see if they have a diploma/certificate, they always confirm yes, the student did pass and has a diploma/certificate on file.

Old School's Comment
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Hey, I just want to clarify something about this discussion going on. I am pretty certain that when someone is sponsoring you to go to a truck driving academy you do not receive the training certificate. The sponsor will be notified that you passed the training and you will begin your employment commitment. It's completely different if you paid for the training with your own funds - those persons receive a training certificate.

Here's the deal. After you've completed your first year commitment, you no longer need a training certificate. Once you have one year of verifiable experience the company hiring you no longer needs a certificate.

Whoever pays for the certification gets the hard copy of it. In your case it might be Swift, or it might be Pam. Again, once you've completed one year of verifiable experience, no one will ask you for a certificate. They just call Pam or Swift to find out if you know what you're doing or not. smile.gif

The certificate is for rookie drivers, and the company that hires them needs it on file. After your first year it is no longer needed unless you have a considerable gap in employment. In that situation you need a new current certification which you would receive by paying for a refresher course.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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