Drug Testing For CDL School

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midnight fox's Comment
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Also take a look into finding a good EMDR therapist, and/or an Ericksonian hypnotherapist, towards resolving the underlying PTSD and anxiety issues. You'd be surprised.


Brett Aquila's Comment
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DC, I deleted your latest response because you will talk to us respectfully or not at all.

We tell it like it is. You received fantastic advice and a lot of encouragement from top professionals in the industry. Do what you like with it.

DC.'s Comment
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You are correct Brent. After removing myself from the situation, I discovered this had nothing to do with the advice given, and everything to do with me being unhappy that things are not going my way.

My apologies to all who I may have made snark comments to, and to myself for not realizing or recognizing what I was actually feeling.

So I am taking another job for a few months until thc tests come out negative, and I will reapply to school. If my grant runs out, then I can always go to paid training.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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I know that the school I went to did the standard urine test when you started (while in the classroom, but prior to operating equipment). Most of us took it right away, but the instructors told us that if there was any doubt about passing, wait as long as they could to make sure they were clean, usually week 6 of the 22 week program. We were also told before starting the class, and on the first day of class, that if there was any doubt about stopping whatever to make a good living, then just withdraw from the course and come back when they were clean. 6 people never came back from my class after that first day, and we lost another 6 due to failed/refused tests. They also offered "practice tests" that you could take at your expense to see if you would pass or not, and would not go to a lab since it was one that had the 5 panel test strip and temperature strip on the container.

As others have said, honesty is the best policy, and if you have any doubts, ask, and see if they will allow you to take a test unofficially before you start school, so this way it shouldn't affect your CDL because you wouldn't have your CDL, your permit, or enrolled in the school (yet), but once you have your permit or are enrolled in a CDL training program (and I might be wrong, so if I am, someone please correct me) a failed or refused drug test is pretty much a guarantee to end your career before it starts.


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.
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