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Brett Aquila's Comment
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The other guy in class said he signed up here, but he must be shy and lurking.

You only have two people in your entire class????

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The other guy in class said he signed up here, but he must be shy and lurking.

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You only have two people in your entire class????

LOL, yes. Apparently, everyone is afraid of the snow.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow, that's crazy. These days you're really seeing a rise in the number and size of the company paid CDL training programs and the decline of private schools. There aren't going to be very many private schools left if things keep trending in this direction, and I expect they will.

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I love it, more driving time

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Wow, that's crazy. These days you're really seeing a rise in the number and size of the company paid CDL training programs and the decline of private schools. There aren't going to be very many private schools left if things keep trending in this direction, and I expect they will.

They have a class every 2 weeks, with an average of 6 students. They are limited by how often they can get a road test. Apparently there are only 3 testers in the area. The last class is driving to PA to test with a 3rd party tester.

But I agree, it is silly to pay for it yourself in most cases. I certainly wish Wolding had a paid training. Most companies require a year to pay for training. I’ll need 30 months to be reimbursed for mine at $200/month.

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Grumpy

You are lucky about the number of people in class. The school I am at was only supposed to have 8 students, but turned to 9 when class started. After the first week and we all went down to get our permits. Second week was on the skills and driving range. We wound up with 11 students. Then week 3 two students from the previous class who didn't pass their DMV air brakes test came on board with us so now we have 13 students there trying to do all these skills and driving with 2-3 trucks between us. Usually the 4th truck (Walmart) was at the DMV for testing. The next class started with 13 students off the bat. The Principle is a greedy B******. Too many failures for the amount of equipment and instructors available. One instructor lasted 3 days, another lasted 1 day (the head instructor had to take emergency leave back to England where his father went into a coma). Anyway I'm rambling. I wish I had gone with company sponsored training.

So I have been talking with Jackie a Swift to see if I can get their Fontana, Ca. school. I had checked out CFI, but was told that they don't hire out of California. Even though I plan on moving where they do hire from.

Anyway didn't mean to hi-jack your thread.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Grumpy

You are lucky about the number of people in class. The school I am at was only supposed to have 8 students, but turned to 9 when class started. After the first week and we all went down to get our permits. Second week was on the skills and driving range. We wound up with 11 students. Then week 3 two students from the previous class who didn't pass their DMV air brakes test came on board with us so now we have 13 students there trying to do all these skills and driving with 2-3 trucks between us. Usually the 4th truck (Walmart) was at the DMV for testing. The next class started with 13 students off the bat. The Principle is a greedy B******. Too many failures for the amount of equipment and instructors available. One instructor lasted 3 days, another lasted 1 day (the head instructor had to take emergency leave back to England where his father went into a coma). Anyway I'm rambling. I wish I had gone with company sponsored training.

So I have been talking with Jackie a Swift to see if I can get their Fontana, Ca. school. I had checked out CFI, but was told that they don't hire out of California. Even though I plan on moving where they do hire from.

Anyway didn't mean to hi-jack your thread.

I agree, I like the class size, we should get more range time.

No problem with hijacking, I am one of he worst offenders. :)

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Finally got back out on the range today. We are at a disadvantage because of Thanksgiving, so we are having to cram all the book work in now. Took our finals today, even though we still have some classes to go. Missed 3 questions, one that bothered me because I knew the answer and just marked it wrong (age for CDL - 21), but still got 96.01. I'll take it.

Took me one trip around the range to get shifting down again, then I did fine. Straight back no problem. We started offsets today. Offset to left I did fairly well, no dead cones, offset to right I got the base of a cone but didn't knock it down. I'll need to practice that for sure.

They are renting a truck and trailer for Friday, and we will have all day on the range. Both their trucks will be out for CDL tests. So hopefully by end of day Friday, I can learn all the backing maneuvers, or at least be well on my way. Then I will be off for a couple of weeks waiting for my CDL test to be scheduled, and go back for all my road drives.

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Grumpy

I was getting to wonder if you already took off for Thanksgiving! It's hard to do things when interruptions get in the way. I've been off for almost two weeks now waiting for a new test date. Finally got one for Dec 4th. It seems like forever since I was at the range pad.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Grumpy

I was getting to wonder if you already took off for Thanksgiving! It's hard to do things when interruptions get in the way. I've been off for almost two weeks now waiting for a new test date. Finally got one for Dec 4th. It seems like forever since I was at the range pad.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

That is why we are leaving for two weeks or so and coming back. Once we get a DMV appointment, they will schedule our driving backwards so we don't forget everything

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.

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