CFI's Schooling Process

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Christy S.'s Comment
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Hi everyone! I've been looking at every different route to take in order to get my CDL (paying out of pocket, going through WIOA , company sponsored, etc). After months of hitting walls I decided to go through training with CFI. I got my permit last Friday (yay me!), filled out an app with CFI, and talked to the recruiter, Cortney, yesterday morning. She ran my MVR while on the phone with me and said everything looked fine. She then sent me an email with the schools info and hotel info. My question is...now what? I'm assuming she will reach out to me before the 24th, when I'm supposed to arrive. Do you sign anything prior or just show up to the hotel? She did mention that I needed to take a drug test somewhere locally before I go. I had some more questions for her, I called and emailed but haven't heard back. I know she is busy so I'm not worried, just yet : ) Any input would be great! Thanks! Btw, I'm going to Truck Dynasty

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.

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Don's Comment
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I attended CFI's sponsored school at Crowder College. Cortney was my recruiter. Did she send you information about your class starting date, itinerary, etc.? I received an email with attachments showing a copy of the contract with CFI for their sponsored school along with information about what to expect, CFI in general, benefits, etc.. Then I called her to confirm my start date and review the information sent in the email attachments. Once everything was confirmed, Cortney sent information about my travel itinery and bus transportation. You do need to be persistent and keep calling her or leave messages on her voice mail. CFI has quite a number of applicants to their schools, so she is swamped, I am sure. I had to call a couple of times and email her also, but she will return your calls or emails. I did not attend Truck Dynasty, but Big Scott, another member here, did. The instruction at Crowder College was excellent and I assume Truck Dynasty is also. Embrace your time there. For me it was a terrific experience. Good luck.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Don's Comment
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Oops, since you stated you are supposed "to arrive the 24th", everything should be set. Are you traveling by car, flying or by bus? If by bus as I did (ugh, the memories on the grey dog), Cortney will call about 1 week before your start date to confirm you are still coming and give you the bus ticket confirmation number you will need to get your tickets at the bus stop/station you will be leaving you from. If you are flying or by car, hmmm...then I have no clue. Again, don't worry. She should call you next week, but feel free to continue trying to call her before then.

Have you read any of the CFI training diaries from members here who attended either Truck Dynasty or Crowder College? Both Big Scott's and mine you can currently find on page 6 in the CDL training diaries forum.

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.
Christy S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info! No, I didn't receive anything with attachments. She sent me an email with the hotel and school info and the FAQ's. At the top of the email it had the date I should arrive. I'm assuming I will get more info next week, since I'm about 12 days out. I know she's busy, I'll reach out again at the end of the week or on Monday. Thanks!

I attended CFI's sponsored school at Crowder College. Cortney was my recruiter. Did she send you information about your class starting date, itinerary, etc.? I received an email with attachments showing a copy of the contract with CFI for their sponsored school along with information about what to expect, CFI in general, benefits, etc.. Then I called her to confirm my start date and review the information sent in the email attachments. Once everything was confirmed, Cortney sent information about my travel itinery and bus transportation. You do need to be persistent and keep calling her or leave messages on her voice mail. CFI has quite a number of applicants to their schools, so she is swamped, I am sure. I had to call a couple of times and email her also, but she will return your calls or emails. I did not attend Truck Dynasty, but Big Scott, another member here, did. The instruction at Crowder College was excellent and I assume Truck Dynasty is also. Embrace your time there. For me it was a terrific experience. Good luck.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Christy S.'s Comment
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Yes, I've read any and everything on CFI here, lol. I'm either driving (6.5 hrs) or flying.

Oops, since you stated you are supposed "to arrive the 24th", everything should be set. Are you traveling by car, flying or by bus? If by bus as I did (ugh, the memories on the grey dog), Cortney will call about 1 week before your start date to confirm you are still coming and give you the bus ticket confirmation number you will need to get your tickets at the bus stop/station you will be leaving you from. If you are flying or by car, hmmm...then I have no clue. Again, don't worry. She should call you next week, but feel free to continue trying to call her before then.

Have you read any of the CFI training diaries from members here who attended either Truck Dynasty or Crowder College? Both Big Scott's and mine you can currently find on page 6 in the CDL training diaries forum.

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Welcome Christy. If you are going to TDDA, you should be going to Joplin first. They usually get you there the Thursday before you are to begin training and you will head to TDDA by bus on Friday after signing contracts and drug tests. Yes, Courtney is probably the busiest recruiter we have. Emailing her is best. I would double check with her as to where she wants you to do your drug test. I see you filled out an application on line and spoke with her. If you have the driver pulse app, you will get info quickly. I see you are in Dallas. You will have no problem getting home for home time, as we have a terminal there. I am happy to help you any way I can. Best of luck to you. My current student is from Denton.

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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If you have any other questions please post them in this thread as I will subscribe to it. Thanks.

Christy S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info! Cortney told me that I would be arriving on Sunday, the day before class starts. This is why I was curious how the process works. I emailed her a question about employment verification so I will wait to hear back from her. I am planning on flying out instead of driving or taking a bus so I probably need to double check with her about the start date. But, I did ask several times while we were on the phone and she confirmed that I would come out on Sunday, it's also in my email.

If you have any other questions please post them in this thread as I will subscribe to it. Thanks.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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She will get back to you. Also, they have been doing so much training that some things have changed. Just be patient.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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She sent me an email with the hotel and school info and the FAQ's. At the top of the email it had the date I should arrive. I'm assuming I will get more info next week

I probably need to double check with her about the start date. But, I did ask several times while we were on the phone and she confirmed that I would come out on Sunday, it's also in my email.

I am confused. You got it in writing and had it explained 3 times verbally. What more do you need?

I think you are really excited and need to take a couple deep breaths. lol

This is happening. She wont forget to give you pertinent info. I talked to my company recruiter twice on the phone. 1.) to clarify the application 2.) to send me my bus ticket. thats is it. i applied, was accepted and on that bus in a week.

good luck

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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