Do Companies That Train You To Pass The Cdl Test Drug Test You?

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No N.'s Comment
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Hello, my current job is willing to pay for my career advancement in any field i want and i was considering a CDL. I want to take up classes at a trucking school near me that charges 5000$ for training to get certified in A level cdl. I'm concerned because i was out last weekend at a gathering with friends and some of them decided to smoke weed, i tried some. I didn't think... if i get a cdl i can wait until it leaaves my system before trying to get a job someplace with said CDL but i'm concerned, does anyone know if they would drug test me during the training to get a cdl? i know before being hired they would but i'm not trying to work for the company that's training me ( smith and solomen). Thank you

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well, unfortunately you will be tested and most companies are doing hair follicle tests these days which can go back quite a ways. We always recommend that people stay clean for a minimum of 6 months or more before attempting to take any drug tests, and even then you might consider paying for a confidential hair follicle test yourself before doing the real thing. If you fail a drug test you can pretty much kiss any hopes of trucking goodbye. j

So stay clean for the winter and try again in the spring would be my advice.

Brian's Comment
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As Brett said if you fail a drug test you're pretty much toast. So better to be 100 percent positive if it's really the career you want. And don't be like some of these knuckleheads that try to cheat the system and end up bringing in cold urine.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My CDL school absolutely be drug tested all students before we were allowed near any of their trucks.. it's a liability thing. We were also required to get our DOT physical and was drug tested again.. so twice in 2 days and then of course upon employment when I got my driving job. Then there are random tests.

Drugs and CDLs do not mix. If you ever test positive, you're pretty much done.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Hi, No N. If you are serious about going after your CDL-A, the set of circumstances you described could be detrimental to your longevity in the career. You will definitely get tested as part of any hiring process, and you may get tested to attend the driving course depending on the school's requirements.

Beyond the short term, however, is long term. Companies are required by the Feds to have a Random Screening process in place to ensure that those entrusted with the 80,000# guided missiles are not turning them into 80,000# unguided Scuds. Hit a deer? Your number may come up on the random. Some blue hair drives under your ICC bumper in heavy traffic and goes to the hospital? You'll definitely get tested. Right then and there. Hanging out with people that are smoking weed may seem, in the moment, like a good idea. You'll maybe want to reconsider that process... how much smoke do you have to "not smoke inhale" before it registers? I don't know. I won't find out.

You've got a few months to detox those hair follicles - let this old guy recommend finding a new set of folks to hang out with?

Good luck to you. Peace

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brian's Comment
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Might be wrong about this but to get a permit you need a dot medical card but I believe the medical card itself all that is required is a urine sample which goes back 3 months. It's up to the company if they want to go a step further for a hair follicle which most do though. So if you decide to make this a one time not so smart decision and stay clean you could start school around they 4 in a half 5 month mark and by the time you graduate you should be good to go.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Big Scott's Comment
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Well now that you have to wait at least 6 months, that gives you plenty of time to learn. First get new friends. Then read through all of these.

You say your current company will pay for your training, but you don't want to work for them. If that's the case will you owe them anything? There are many companies that offer Paid CDL Training Programs. You should also check out our Training Diaries section. Reading through many of them will help you learn what CDL training is like and all the problems we have overcome during training. I hope you learned a valuable lesson. By waiting and learning this will turn out to help. Best of luck.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

No N.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone for the advice, i appreciate it, i think a cdl is an asset no matter what i do in life but as for now i'll have to hold off on it due to stupidity. thanks again for all the advice and information :-)

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.
Old School's Comment
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I think a cdl is an asset no matter what i do in life

Actually, that's not true. A CDL combined with recent class A driving experience is an asset, but an old CDL in your wallet won't even get you a free cup of coffee af the local truck stop. It means nothing if you don't use it. Nobody gets hired just because they have the license.

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.
Brian's Comment
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Good luck, and hang in there. Now is a great time to be a truck driver and still will be in 6 months. Do what you can now by studying and when the time does come you'll be all set.

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