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EllieMae's Comment
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Hey everyone!!

So after a (truly) wonderful experience with Roehl Transport, unfortunately I came back home without my license. Just couldn't get it together the day of the test. The 90 degree got me twice. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ It really isn't that hard. I did it the day before my test all morning. Yet still...I lived and learned. Not giving up I came back home. This is where I belong and damnit I'm going to do it.

However now I'm finding it difficult to return back to school. I tried renting a truck, had to wait almost a month to take my test getting more rusty along the way. But I learned a whole new inspection according to another state and on a truck I saw maybe twice lol. Passed the inspection but failed the backing. This time parallel got me. Think I'm more disappointed in that then the 90 🤦‍♀️. I'm out of money, running on fumes but not giving up still.

I need to find a CDL school that does paid training again. But I'm learning not many schools are willing to retrain. 😔 Swift will retrain me and I can start asap but it's not paid training and even OTR training pay is lower than what I've seen from other companies. Don't get me wrong it's better than nothing and I'm ready to jump at it...but I also know my bills are going to be...way behind because of it. But if I don't do something soon they will get behind anyway.😥

Any advice?

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.

SAP:

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Swift will retrain me and I can start asap but it's not paid training and even OTR training pay is lower than what I've seen from other companies

Swift’s school does not pay their students. Once you graduate from their school, pass all the CDL A tests, they will then invite you to orientation. Others can update the exact amount, but student drivers are paid about $10/hour when they drive during Mentoring. This is about 160 hours, so $1600 total. Not sure what you’ve “seen”, but you can’t expect to earn a top wage when you are a student, especially for a short period like 160 hours (5 weeks tops).

Keep something in mind...Trucking is highly competitive, and that starts during school. Roehl is the only company I know if that pays a student before they pass their CDL. Perhaps Rainy can chime in on Prime...not sure if that would be a viable option for you.

Considering what you currently have to offer any company, your options are going to be very limited.

Good luck.

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.

SAP:

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.

EllieMae's Comment
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Sorry that's what I meant, not many companies offer to retrain you. So my choices are limited there. Your right about Swift. I confirmed that today they don't offer paid training until your over the road.

But at least it's something. My main goal is to attain my CDL license. I was just really trying to find a company that does paid training and will retrain me. I might be reaching for the stars on that one. Thanks for responding!

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Swift will retrain me and I can start asap but it's not paid training and even OTR training pay is lower than what I've seen from other companies

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Swift’s school does not pay their students. Once you graduate from their school, pass all the CDL A tests, they will then invite you to orientation. Others can update the exact amount, but student drivers are paid about $10/hour when they drive during Mentoring. This is about 160 hours, so $1600 total. Not sure what you’ve “seen”, but you can’t expect to earn a top wage when you are a student, especially for a short period like 160 hours (5 weeks tops).

Keep something in mind...Trucking is highly competitive, and that starts during school. Roehl is the only company I know if that pays a student before they pass their CDL. Perhaps Rainy can chime in on Prime...not sure if that would be a viable option for you.

Considering what you currently have to offer any company, your options are going to be very limited.

Good luck.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

SAP:

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Check out knight. I'm not sure of the details but their website says "get paid while you get your CDL". Knight school

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.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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Pretty sure Millis retrains. We had a student who fell out at Prime and was in my class.

Ice cream man's Comment
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I hope you can find something. Prime will pay you $200.00 a week after first week till you test out. It’s a cash advance. Then you will get $700.00 a week doing the TNT training witch is 50k team miles with a trainer. You must be available for loads on the truck at that point . Week 1 orientation Week 2 starts PSD if you get all cleared and threw week 1. Here you will get a training to pass you cdl . After that is when you start TNT . Hope this helps overall I love it here at Prime a few bumps in the road but working threw them is part of life. Best of luck to you.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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