Paid CDL Training Programs

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Paul K.'s Comment
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I'm looking to get into trucking, and could use some information regarding Paid CDL Training Programs. Of the list noted right here on Trucking Truth, I have narrowed my list down to five: Jim Palmer, Prime, Roehl, C.R. England and Maverick. With the exception of Maverick, I chose these schools because they are within the western United States. I chose Maverick because of the higher end starting pay for rookie drivers. If anyone has had any first hand experience with these training programs, could you lend me some guidance?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Paul!

When you choose a company, the three most important things are:

1) What type of freight do you want to haul?

2) How often do you want to be home?

3) What regions of the country do you want to run?

It doesn't make any difference where the company is located or where their school is located. Just start with those three questions.

Now some companies, like Prime Inc and Schneider National have multiple divisions that haul different types of freight. So you have the added advantage of being able to change from one type of freight to another within the same company. Staying with the same company for a long time is a very big deal in this industry. Over time you build a strong reputation and develop strong relationships that really get you the best mileage, pay, and opportunities.

I always recommend that you apply to all companies that meet your criteria, see who offers you an opportunity, and then choose from the one you feel suits you best, if you get more than one. People often expect to choose any company they like. It never works that way. You won't get opportunities from everyone, so make sure you don't waste time researching companies that haven't given you an opportunity.

You can Apply For Paid CDL Training to quite a few companies at one time right through our website. Others you'll have to apply with directly.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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