The Old Guy

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Brad F.'s Comment
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Thanks to all for your help and input. I need to find a trucking company with paid tuition that would take me on. But I must say I am clueless on that part of it. I would not have a problem working for a company for a year if that is what it takes to pay off tuition. I would like to find something close to S.C. but will do what ever it takes.

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Thanks to all for your help and input. I need to find a trucking company with paid tuition that would take me on. But I must say I am clueless on that part of it.

We don't want you to be clueless, check out this link for Company-Sponsored Training and you'll be full of knowledge about this subject and maybe even find a company situation that meets your needs.


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.

Josh R.'s Comment
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Just to add to my friend Old Schools post.

Make sure that you're not on any meds that would disqualify you. They do check your blood pressure and they're pretty strict with it. You'll be required to lift weight over your head and walk with weight - it's not much. I've taken two DOT Physicals in my time and both were very different so I can't say exactly what you'll be going through. But if you guys have any doubts that you might not pass then it's a good idea to get a physical in an approved clinic in your area. Doesn't cost too much and it's better to get the physical in your hometown just to be on the safe side than have to sit on a bus for days and fail it in a different state. The company won't pay for your expenses to get back home. So just a few things to consider.

hey daniel B what if your blood pressure is usually high mine is usually at hypertension 1 or 2 i will be getting it checked out but would that effect me?


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


Abnormally high blood pressure.

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