REALLY Heading To Veriah (Spelled Veriha) Sunday For Training Monday. Training Plan Update...

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Marc Lee's Comment
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OK, so consensus pronunciation is Veriah. Spelled Veriha. DONE!

So I will be entering the "Apprenticeship" Program - Same program as for non-CDL holders. (I just won't be testing with the DMV). It is targeted at about 10 weeks. I need to sign a one-year / 120,000 mile agreement which includes a $7,500 reimbursement and a non-compete clause if I do not honor the agreement. Since I intend to make this happen... I don't see any real reason not to.

So... wtf-2.gif

I have been very impressed with the level of documentation, the formalized and documented policies and procedures, etc.. Online Employee Handbook is over 50 pages, Driver's Manual is over 70. I tend to prefer this to "I can write something up and send it to you if you really want it in writing" sort of thing!

Happy to share more but that is the gist of it. I have been warned to expect a full day of class / driving and several hours of study at night, but he mentioned the homework will mostly be "review" for me.

Let the adventure begin!smile.gif

"Truckin', Got my chips cashed in... Truckin'..."



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.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Great news Marc! I really hope you'll create a diary over in the diary section, I dont recall ever seeing one for your new company. With all the hoops you've needed to jump through, I think I speak for everyone when I say we want to share your excitement smile.gif

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I'm glad for you you haven't given up and I think you will make it work this time.

Turtle's Comment
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Best of luck to ya, Marc. You know we're all behind you. Make this happen.


Turtle's Comment
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Best of luck to ya, Marc. You know we're all behind you. Make this happen.


Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Look forward to following your progress.good-luck.gif


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Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Congratulations, sticking to it works. You will get it done. In time you will discover what these paths few months did for you in a positive fashion. Anything that comes easily isnt generally something that will mean as much as something you had to work, and worry for. Good luck.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Great news Marc , soon this whole buncha hoops you jumped thru, will be but a memory.....

Steve L.'s Comment
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My advice is; that “review” stuff? Try to treat it like it’s your first time. Sometimes, if we look for it, we learn something new. You probably knew this, but...anyway, good luck to you and kudos for your perseverance! 😊

Marc Lee's Comment
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thank-you.gifthank-you-2.gif Rob, Bobcat Bob, Turtle (Twice), Junkyard, Pete E, Stevo, Steve L...

Getting that "warm and fuzzy feeling" about signing my "life away" to stand around, crawl under/in and out of, couple and uncouple etc. in the cold!


Guess like a friend said when I told him and showed him this picture...

"You are a bit 'off', you know!"

Guess so!



Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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