New Year, New Job... With CFI!

Topic 24151 | Page 1

Page 1 of 2 Next Page Go To Page:
FreakTrain's Comment
member avatar

Passed my CLP test Friday with flying colors (thanks to the High Road), and will begin CDL school on Jan. 21 at Truck Dynasty to drive for CFI. I'm pumped! Thanks to all y'all here at Trucking Truth for the inspiration and advice, I wouldn't have done this without you. It's definitely going to be a change of pace from 27 years of the sign business, and I'm looking forward to this new adventure! Hope to see y'all on the road soon!

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.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
member avatar

Congratulations and good luck!

FreakTrain's Comment
member avatar

Thanks, Bobcat Bob.

Navypoppop's Comment
member avatar

FreakTrain, Congratulations on choosing a great company. If you put your heart and soul and mind to it you will succeed with a really great company. Be sure to ask BigScott here on the forum for any advice needed about CFI as he is the best supporter for CFI here on the forum. You will not go wrong with his advice and support on CFI questions. Good luck and be sure to keep us here on TT informed on your progress. You can also go to the forum they have for training diaries and post your progress for all to read. Good luck and be sure to reach out to BigScott.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
member avatar

Congratulations. good-luck.gif

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
member avatar

Congratulations and welcome to a great company. Since I went to Truck Dynasty they have gotten rid of the old rattling KWs for a bunch of Internationals. These are all manual transmission. CFI is working close with them and hopefully soon they will have at least one autoshift to train on. Best of luck. What is your start date? I will be bringing my student in for upgrading in early January.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
member avatar

And I see you are from Greensboro. Not far from me. I live in Charlotte.

FreakTrain's Comment
member avatar

Thanks for the warm welcome, Navypoppop, Grumpy Old Man, and Big Scott!

I'll be hopping on the "Dirty Dog" on Jan. 17 to head to Joplin. Starting school the following Monday, the 21st. Good to hear that Truck Dynasty has newer trucks now... the recruiter gave me a choice of schools and I went with TD so I could get my CDL without the auto restriction. I think the extra week will be worth it in the long run. Should be getting on the trainer's truck around Valentine's Day if everything goes according to plan.

Big Scott, hope your experiences with training other drivers has been good for you. It was reading your posts that put CFI at the top of my short list. I do have a quick question for you... How long after getting on the trainer's truck does it take before the first paycheck comes in? Just trying to plan things out for the family at home before I go. Thanks in advance.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
member avatar

At TDDA they pay you cash every day for food. You don't have to spend it all. After you pass your CDL tests and finish your 4 weeks it's back to Joplin for 4 days of orientation M-Th, where they will pay you $100.00 cash. Assuming your trainer is in Joplin you will meet him the last day of orientation. As long as he gets you dispatched out by 23:59 on Saturday, you will get paid for those miles the following Friday. Don't expect much that first check. I managed to get us over 1000 miles for our load out. I wanted to get my student the most I could. Then you will be paid by direct deposit every Friday. Hope that helps. Feel free to contact me if you want. I'm happy to help.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
member avatar

I meant to add. After, I drop my current student off and he upgrades, I will be going home for a few days at the end of January. Then I'll have them get me to Joplin for another student.

Page 1 of 2 Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More