Portland Maine Area Folks, CDL Schools....

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Heavy C's Journal

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.
N14's Comment
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Brief summary: I am going to be ageing out of my current career in another 5 years or so. Plus the nature of my current career has changed in a way that I do not like, nor do I feel I can overcome. I have seriously looked into trucking in the past and am starting to again. The last time I looked into it seriously was 2007, so now its a matter of getting a feeling of the current career landscape. I am now in a financial position to change careers and take the pay hit for a little while as I build up my experience (not saying that in a condescending manner or anything).

I came to TT since I remember the other forums from the last decade being WAY too negative. At least here folks are reasonable.

Due to the fact that the companies I talked to already do not have schools (similar to @Grumpy Old Man), I am going the private school route. I also specifically have money set aside for school and soon will have the time to go during the week instead of part-time on the weekends.

The school I mentioned is really the only one around here, so I sort of have no choice. I read over @Heavy C's journal and he seemed to have liked it.

Back in the last decade my plan was a little different, but now I hope to get on regional for a while so I can both enjoy the OTR lifestyle AND be home at a reasonable clip. After that I plan/hope to go local. Some companies would consider new grads for local work, but not sure if local in the Northeast is a good way to go starting out.

Thanks for everyone input thus far.

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Not going to get too deep into it, but I will not be going to a company sponsored training. Will be private school for me!

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Why don't you go deep into it so we know what you're thinking and can help ensure you're making decisions based on sound principles and not misunderstandings.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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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Due to the fact that the companies I talked to already do not have schools (similar to @Grumpy Old Man), I am going the private school route.

OK. I do understand that, obviously.

Just understand that, like me, you could end up paying for school and then not be hired for the company or companies you prefer to work for, and still end up going to a company that would have paid for your school. Hopefully if that happens they will have a good tuition reimbursement program. And be sure those companies will hire from your school, though NTI seems to be a good school. It doesn’t hurt to double check though.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
N14's Comment
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Understood. I have some time before I would attend school. Trying to make it out of the winter first. But, I will be calling a few more companies and will double check if NTI is on their list.

Thanks again!

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Due to the fact that the companies I talked to already do not have schools (similar to @Grumpy Old Man), I am going the private school route.

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OK. I do understand that, obviously.

Just understand that, like me, you could end up paying for school and then not be hired for the company or companies you prefer to work for, and still end up going to a company that would have paid for your school. Hopefully if that happens they will have a good tuition reimbursement program. And be sure those companies will hire from your school, though NTI seems to be a good school. It doesn’t hurt to double check though.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Understood. I have some time before I would attend school. Trying to make it out of the winter first. But, I will be calling a few more companies and will double check if NTI is on their list.

Thanks again!

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Due to the fact that the companies I talked to already do not have schools (similar to @Grumpy Old Man), I am going the private school route.

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OK. I do understand that, obviously.

Just understand that, like me, you could end up paying for school and then not be hired for the company or companies you prefer to work for, and still end up going to a company that would have paid for your school. Hopefully if that happens they will have a good tuition reimbursement program. And be sure those companies will hire from your school, though NTI seems to be a good school. It doesn’t hurt to double check though.

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I decided to train during winter for the experience

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stone's Comment
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Hey there N14! I did NTI a few years back and I see it was shared on here. Can’t speak for the NTI school near you but mine was a blast. Also you might be able to get it paid for through a career center as I found that out too late after I did mine out of pocket.

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