How Long In Advance Can You Schedule Your Training

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Donna C.'s Comment
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Hello everyone here. I haven't yet spoken to any recruiters from the company's that I fell might be the best fit for me yet. I'm considering Roel, CFI, and swift; for my cdl training. I dont have a permit, and I am waiting for a knee injury to heal, Dr. says probably 2 more weeks. I am wondering if I can get everything started and how long I I would be allowed in advance to schedule. I am also in Myrtle beach SC. and trying to figure out company wise, where is the best fit..ie home time. Can anyone give me some suggestions?

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.
Rainy 's Comment
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Hi. 30 days seems to be the cutoff when you apply. If you apply, are accepted but then start more than 30 days later, companies will want you to reapply. This is to ensure no surprises pop up on your record in between.

As far as getting your permit and DOT physical.... many will tell you to go for it. I would say wait. My company had us get the permit and physical there, others want you to get it at home. So it is possible you could waste money if yiu get it, and then need to get it again in a different state.

My suggestion is to get started studying the written test and pre trip. Never too early for that.

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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.

G-Town's Comment
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Rainy replied to Donna:

Some company sponsored programs like Swift take pay deductions but after you stay a time, they pay you back.

$37.50 per pay is deducted once upgraded to 1st seat. If a driver leaves before the first year is up, they will owe a prorated balance.

After 12 months of driving for Swift, that same amount will be deposited back into your pay every week for the next 12 months. After 2 consecutive years the training is free.

Committing to a good company for longer than 1 Year has many benefits not obvious at this point...

The Benefits of Staying with your Starter Company Beyond 1 Year

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