Have My Mind Set On Career Change And Getting Into Trucking Industry!

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Eugene K.'s Comment
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Been roofing for 40 years and have decided to do something i have always wanted to do and finally get my CDL..looking for some feedback ona couple things 1 - is it better to get in with a company sponsored cdl training..{looking for recommendations] or pay the 6k-7k out of pocket for training with like TBI or similar cdl school....that would be a tough pay....and why are there some cdl training as low as 17-1800 bucks which got me suspicious....any feedback or suggestions are very welcome as i have made my decision on doin this and have spent several days oon phone and researching options and talking to truckers at truck stop near my home(florida)and like anything get mixed feedback on these questions.....good luck out there and stay safe ...God bless!

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.
Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Been roofing for 40 years and have decided to do something i have always wanted to do and finally get my CDL..looking for some feedback ona couple things 1 - is it better to get in with a company sponsored cdl training..{looking for recommendations] or pay the 6k-7k out of pocket for training with like TBI or similar cdl school....that would be a tough pay....and why are there some cdl training as low as 17-1800 bucks which got me suspicious....any feedback or suggestions are very welcome as i have made my decision on doin this and have spent several days oon phone and researching options and talking to truckers at truck stop near my home(florida)and like anything get mixed feedback on these questions.....good luck out there and stay safe ...God bless!

Howdy, Eugene, and welcome to TT forum!

First of all, we highly recommend company paid training . . . due to the fact that you will be gainfully employed upon completion of said training! You may be indebted to work for that company for a year to settle up the cost, but will still get paid for driving ... quite well, and some companies will even pay you while training. Can't beat that.... IMHO~! Florida is one of the tougher states for hiring out of, as well. If you go to 'private' school for 3 to 7K .... you may or may 'not' land a job.

I wish I knew how to send you our 'starter' package, but I'm sorry, I don't. If you go to the top left of this page, the 3 black bars, you will see links to everything you need, right here on this forum.

I highly suggest that you read Brett's free book, ^^^ linked above. The training materials included on this site are second to none. From getting your permit, and beyond.

Daniel B.'s pretrip study guide is ALSO phenominal. Check it out~! Once you've gotten exhausted doing all that (LoL) . . . apply with our one'click application, that will send your info out to numerous companies, and leave YOU with the choice of whom to go with.

Again, thanks for choosing TruckingTruth to get started in this industry, good sir~! Hopefully one of the moderators will show up shortly and 'fine tune' what i'm trying to get across to you.

Best wishes on your new endeavor~!

Anne :)

ps: I'm not a trucker, just the wife of a long time one... and a huge fan of this site.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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Thx for info and feedback,,,,definately all in on career change and am trying to be a sponge and gather and soak in as much info as i can to help make this transition informed....knowing and willing to pay my dues and take my lumps that i expect to have to experience

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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