Getting Closer To Going With Company For Training

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tarheel59's Comment
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Hi everyone, I have conditional offers from 2 companies. And talking with 3 others. Have an offer from Roehl but, they are only training for flatbed out of where I live right now. GYCDL program full school and would not have to downgrade CDL. Already having a CDL has been a hindrance. The CDL is not worth anything at this time. Also an offer from KLLM, it is a refresher course, then out with trainer. I have apps in with CFI, Swift and Millis Transfer. So far no conditional offers. Ready to start this journey! I hardly ever post but, I do read everything. Thanks to Brett, G- Town,Old School, Rainy, Big Scott, Turtle and many others.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Already having a CDL has been a hindrance. The CDL is not worth anything at this time.

This is something we try to warn of all the time. Simply having a CDL doesn't guarantee a job. Paid CDL Training Programs are yet another way for companies to fine-tune their recruit selection process.

Never fear though, tarheel. You'll get picked up in no time. Good luck and let us know how it's going.

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.
tarheel59's Comment
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Thanks, Turtle

Rubber Duck's Comment
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How long after you quit driving a truck does it take for your cdl to become worthless? Worthless meaning no otr company will take you without a refresher?

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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How long after you quit driving a truck does it take for your cdl to become worthless? Worthless meaning no otr company will take you without a refresher?

That will vary by company and by your experience level. If you're fresh out of school and don't take a job within 3 - 6 months you'll probably go through training again. If you have 2+ years of experience but haven't driven within the past 6 - 12 months you may have to go through a refresher again.

This practice has gone on forever. To be honest, it's not worth worrying about because the training is quick and easy once you already know how to drive. You'll just breeze right through it. But it's important to know that this practice exists in case someone is considering taking a hiatus from trucking for a while. You need to know that it might be a little more difficult finding a job and you may have to go through some sort of refresher training, or possibly even the full training.

I suspect if you go through a Paid CDL Training Programs they'll fast track you through the program. You already know how to drive and you already have your CDL so they'll probably just make sure you're solid and send you out on the road. You'll probably go out with a trainer for a short time but I would expect that phase to be fast tracked also.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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