Any CFI Drivers?

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Cynthia H.'s Comment
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I'm half way to getti g my CDL! I have my DOT medical card, and today got my CPL! I'm excited and scared to death at the same time. I am still talking to a few trucking companies and will be making a decision in the next few days as where to begin my trucking career. Are there any CFI drivers that can offer info about the company?

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.

CK's Comment
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Awesome! And yes we do! We happen to have their biggest fan, actually. He'll be in here shortly I'm sure :-D

Tractor Man's Comment
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Welcome Cynthia,

Type "Big Scott" in the search bar at the top of the home page. He is a CFI Driver and Trainer.......and their BIGGEST FAN! He has tons of posts, read thru them.

Turtle's Comment
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Congrats Cynthia! Big Scott knows all things CFI. He'll be along soon to help you out.

*Ahem...testing...is this thing on? Calling Big Scott. Will Big Scott please report to the floor.

FreakTrain's Comment
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Congratulations Cynthia! I'm actually training to be a CFI driver. So far they've been great to deal with, and everyone I've met at the company really seems to love working for them.

As Tractor Man and Turtle said, Big Scott is the man you need to talk to about all things CFI. He's been a big help for me.

Cynthia H.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone . Hopefully Big Scott will.have some good info for me!

I'm half way to getti g my CDL! I have my DOT medical card, and today got my CPL! I'm excited and scared to death at the same time. I am still talking to a few trucking companies and will be making a decision in the next few days as where to begin my trucking career. Are there any CFI drivers that can offer info about the company?

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Cynthia, are there any other questions we can help you with while you're waiting for big Scott?

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Here I am. By my profile name you can tell that I love CFI. I have never worked anywhere, outside of my family, where I felt so appreciated. I have been driving hard since my student upgraded. Currently getting unloaded in Hartford, CT. How can I help? I'll subscribe to this thread and answer as soon as I can. Please be patient. Good luck to you.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Your training will start with a Greyhound trip to Joplin. You can expect to arrive late on a Thursday night. From there you will pay a few dollars for a cab ride to the La Quinta hotel. Get a receipt for your cab and they will pay you back Friday. Friday morning, enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel. I think they pick you up around 07:00 and take you on a quick trip to the Joplin HQ. In the morning you will meet with the recruiters for the school. They will take their time and go over your contact to make sure everyone understands it. Then you head downstairs for the drug tests. CFI does urine and hair. After that they give you a ticket for lunch. Usually between 12:00 and 13:00 you are done. Anyone going to Truck Dynasty will leave from the terminal that day. Anyone going to Crowder will go back to the hotel and be picked up Saturday morning to go to Crowder College. At Truck Dynasty, they give you cash every day for food. At Crowder they feed you. CFI will go a long way to make you happy. You go to Truck Dynasty for 4 weeks and Crowder 3 weeks. I went through Truck Dynasty. Here is a link to my training diary. During this part of your training, your recruiter will be your CFI contact.

After you finish school and have your CDL. You will go back to Joplin for 4 days of orientation. During orientation you will stay in the La Quinta and eat breakfast there, lunch at CFI, meal ticket again, and dinner will be on you. They pay $100.00 cash for orientation. The last day of orientation is your hire date. You will have the option to go home and wait for a trainer or go right out with one. That will depend on how fast you want to start making money.

You are out with your trainer for at least 7500 miles. This takes about 3 to 4 weeks. While out with your trainer, you are dispatched as a solo truck. That means you drive and your trainer sits in the passenger seat. There is no team driving during training. You will eventually do all of the work. During this time you will have an advisor who will be your CFI contact he will stay with you until you upgrade.

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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