Weekend Cdl Training

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Larry P.'s Comment
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Hey guys I start cdl school in october already got permit just need physical it's at a local out of pocket school my question is will I be able to retain the knowledge needed going 2 days a week for 2 months?if I could I'd go during the week but I currently work and have 2 kids any and all answers appreciated I'd love to here responses from others who did weekend courses as well

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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When I was in School they told us the students who only come in on the weekends struggle a bit more, especially with the driving and skills portion. It definitely can and has been done, everyone is different so it is hard to know how you will be able to deal with it.

Old School's Comment
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Larry, it can be done. We have one of our moderators here who did that. She doesn't recommend it though.

Have you considered the many Paid CDL Training Programs? Some of them pay you during the training period. Roehl starts paying you at the very beginning. Prime pays 6 or 7 hundred dollars a week after the first couple of weeks, plus they will advance you a couple hundred bucks during the first few weeks if you need it.

Why I Prefer Company Sponsored Training

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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I went to a school that had weekend classes for the various course lengths they offered. I did the 22 week, weekend only class, and got as much (if not more than) the weekday classes. the only difference between the weekday and weekend classes was the hours per day you went to school. weekday classes were 4 hours a day, 5 days a week and the weekend classes were 10 hour days 2 days a week.

I found students who excelled at both classes when I taught there after I got off the road, and people who were less then stellar.... The ones who made it, and did well, put in the time and effort, and the ones who didn't do well tended to leave early and slack off....

I would have to say that it all depends on what your learning style is...

Ice cream man's Comment
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I don’t know about the weekend schools but.i can tell you Prime has a great program and you paid plus real world experience not just pad and around town stuff. I would look into all options before you make up your mind. In my opinion you will be setting your self up better with a company sponsored training. Remember most are only a year contract. It’s not a four year degree . You can do it if you what it bad enough. Good luck in your new adventure

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Rick C.'s Comment
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Because your repetition spacing is longer, it is important that you take written or dictated (say, into your phone) notes of the mistakes you make after every session, and review them once within 24 hours of the training session, and again three days later. When stepping through your notes, close your eyes and attempt to recall from memory the note first, then open your eyes and read to confirm your recall attempt.

Using this method it is quite possible that you will retain, i.e. learn more than a "lazy" learner who merely shows up for rote repetition and hoping "something sticks".

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