Just Applied For Company-sponsored CDL Training

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Luis R.'s Comment
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Hello everyone.

I joined Trucking Truth a few months back to start learning a bit more about truck driving. I began reading all kinds of posts and stories as well as looking at other internet sites and videos. It's amazing what is out there and what is said about trucking.

I gotta say, from the start I liked TT's direct, respectful, call it like it is conversation and sharing of good, positive information in the forum. It definitely influenced me in my decision to want to pursue a professional truck driving career. So, I am happy to say that today I submitted my application thru TT in the hopes I get accepted to a company-sponsored CDL school training program! Can't tell you how excited (and nervous!) I am right now (good nervous though, not bad nervous).

What's funny is that it seems I started on the wrong foot though. In the email I received from TT confirming my application was received and also forwarded to some companies that were listed in it, I applied to Rhoel thru the link which took me to their company website, only to get to first base. After filling the basic personal information (step 1), the next page showed me a message saying they were not hiring from my area at this time. Got to hear that in a cool video as well which I thought was pretty funny for my first application experience (LOL). I did called them up right away to verify this and unfortunately they reconfirmed it. Told me they only go down as far as Houston, TX (I am in Brownsville, TX).

Oh well, unfortunately not a match at this time. It kind a hurt because they were one of the companies I would have liked to start off my career with. But that's ok. We'll just move on and look forward to having some replies soon from other companies out there so I can start this new chapter in my life (wife is already on board and everything).

Thank you everyone for sharing all your knowledge and experience with us neewbies wannabe truckers and for being such a supportive community.

God bless and stay safe on your travels


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.


Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

PackRat's Comment
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Welcome aboard, Luis! Plenty of other companies out there to check out. Don't get discouraged. Everything happens for a reason.good-luck.gif

Luis R.'s Comment
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Thank you PackRat for the welcoming. And yes, my thoughts too. Will start preparing myself with the HRTP asap.



Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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