Is A GED Or HS Diploma NEEDED?

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Dominic U.'s Comment
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Hey guys name is Dominic and iv been a lurker for quite a while over the last couple years while deciding if I wanted this career. I finally decided to take the leap and talked to a prime recruiter on Friday after applying online. After tons of research on here and my uncle started there years ago I'm bound and determined to do what ever it takes to get into prime. The class A permit, job history and physical should be a breeze for me. How ever it dawned on me today I don't have my GED or HS diploma this dawned on me after reading someone being sent home from another company for not having theres..

Will I have any problems starting with prime and not having my GED? Is there a anyone that would accept me for paid training type of program prime offers? I plan on getting my GED soon now as I see alot of class A jobs require it. The reason I don't have either is I started working full-time at 16 to help pay bills after my dad had a heart attack and wasn't able to work. Been working full time since than haven't had time to get my GED. I'd like to be on my way to a school before November so what's my options guys?

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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If I’m not mistaken you’re supposed to have either one.

Hey guys name is Dominic and iv been a lurker for quite a while over the last couple years while deciding if I wanted this career. I finally decided to take the leap and talked to a prime recruiter on Friday after applying online. After tons of research on here and my uncle started there years ago I'm bound and determined to do what ever it takes to get into prime. The class A permit, job history and physical should be a breeze for me. How ever it dawned on me today I don't have my GED or HS diploma this dawned on me after reading someone being sent home from another company for not having theres..

Will I have any problems starting with prime and not having my GED? Is there a anyone that would accept me for paid training type of program prime offers? I plan on getting my GED soon now as I see alot of class A jobs require it. The reason I don't have either is I started working full-time at 16 to help pay bills after my dad had a heart attack and wasn't able to work. Been working full time since than haven't had time to get my GED. I'd like to be on my way to a school before November so what's my options guys?

Ryan Baccus's Comment
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My fault dominic I just found this piece of information. No formal education is needed to become a truck driver, though a high school diploma is often preferred. Completion of a training course at an accredited truck driving school is helpful. A truck driver must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL). ... Employer training programs may also need to be completed.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Completion of a training course at an accredited truck driving school is helpful. A truck driver must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL). ... Employer training programs may also need to be completed.

Not only is completion of a truck driving course (minimum of 160 hours) helpful, it's actually a requirement for qualification. Otherwise, no company can or will insure an entry level driver.

Dominic trucking is highly competitive; and that starts immediately during the pre-qualification process.

I suggest you invest some time reviewing this information:

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

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.
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