Put Off The Hazmat High Road Portion

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Michael S.'s Comment
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Heading toward training at Sprimo this weekend. Been working the high road for the past month, but put off the hazmat portion out of fear?maybe? I dont know what I was worried about, damn near getting perfect scores on it! Getting excited to get there and get started!!!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Tractor Man's Comment
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Do not fear the hazmat section. You can ace that portion too. You will need a federal background check to get that endorsement. Can take up to 30 days to get the results. 3 years ago mine went through in less than 10. Good luck!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Michael S.'s Comment
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Do not fear the hazmat section. You can ace that portion too. You will need a federal background check to get that endorsement. Can take up to 30 days to get the results. 3 years ago mine went through in less than 10. Good luck!

So not sure on the timeline, do I take hazmat test during orientation or do I wait to test till after the fed check?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Do not fear the hazmat section. You can ace that portion too. You will need a federal background check to get that endorsement. Can take up to 30 days to get the results. 3 years ago mine went through in less than 10. Good luck!

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So not sure on the timeline, do I take hazmat test during orientation or do I wait to test till after the fed check?

And who starts the background check process? DMV said employer. She said they used to have a form but now they don’t.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I am in Arizona. MVD gave me the information on where to go for the background check. Im sure it is not the employer. Check with your Motor Vehicle Department. All states are different

Doug C.'s Comment
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I'm studying the High Road portion on Hazmat right now. I find I just have to go a little slower than on some of the other sections. I'm working on one or two sections a day to get through it all. I also have a note book that I write all the questions and answers in so I can quiz myself on everything.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Britton's Comment
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From what I was led to believe we get the Hazmat endorsement after getting our CDL.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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From what I was led to believe we get the Hazmat endorsement after getting our CDL.

I got Tanker and HazMat the day I got my permit.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Rainy 's Comment
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Different companies do it differently and Prime in MO and Prime in SLC and PA are different as well.

When going to Prime in MO, you transfer your DL to MO and take the written test in orientation then get a MO CLP. You do not get the Hazmat endorsement. After getting your CDL , you go back home, take the written Hazmat test, then take the results to your states TSA office or other authorized background check dealer which you can find on your DMV website. You pay the $80 or so, and then you get a letter in the mail which you take back to the DMV to get your new Hazmat endorsed CDL.

If doing things in your home state and coming to a company with your permit, you can take the Hazmat along with your other written tests. They should have you the go to the TSA office at that time. when you test out at your company, you go back home and the scores transfer to your home state. You will need to get that TSA approval letter in the mail and take it to the DMV along with your permit and test scores (my test transfered in the computer so i didnt need a paper).

A friend in FL told.me his TSA offixe is in the same building with his DMV, but in NJ it was 10 mins away.

I didnt ger my Hazmat until recently. Prime only pays $50 extra for Hazmat (however the loads are usually longer). Everyone I know at Prime that started with a hazmat got one as their first load. I did t want that hassle. Only 3% of our freight is hazmat so it really didnt affect me and reduced my stress.

Others will tell you to get it all at once, but the way Prime in MO does it...I couldnt so that anyway.

Some companies reimburse you for it, some dont. Prime doesnt that i know of, and i didnt ask to be honest. it is tax deductible though.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

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.

Michael S.'s Comment
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Thanks for clearing that up Rainy. I talked to DMV here in Florida yes and was told by them it would be a waste to take hazmat in Missouri because it wont transfer with my license and I'd have to take it again in Florida anyway. I'm going flatbed so it would be really rare to use it, but do want the endorsement anyway.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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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