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G-Town's Comment
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Glad to hear that you are finally on the road. Sounds like twittling my thumbs is a skill I am going to have to learn. I just remembered one of my questions...do I need to have my permit before going or is that something I get there? I ask because it seems a week of training before hitting the road doesn't seem like much time to get everything done that needs to be.

Adam, some companies want you to have the CLP & Med. Cert. Card before arriving at school, some like Prime, will take care of it during your first week.

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.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Adam, you may be misunderstanding. I'm in Schneider orientation right now. They sent me to Trainco to get my CDL. That was also three weeks long(for manual) and two weeks for auto. After I got my CDL , I came to a Schneider Operating Center to learn how to drive for Schneider. That's the Qualcomm , all of their safety classes and videos, trip planning, backing, road driving, and then a week on the road with the trainer. Two more days and I go back to Carlisle PA and take my tests which determine if I'm ready for my own truck. Any other company and you're probably longer before you get out by yourself. They've got a pretty good track record doing it this way though, so I'm feeling like I'll be ready when they say I'm ready. (I'll still be super nervous at first.)

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
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