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Patrick P.'s Comment
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Advice please.

A friend and I are looking into CDL-A sponsored training programs..

I'm looking for advice on what programs would be the best option given our situation.

The situation is that I'm 31 he is 26 years old. Neither of us have a cdl-a license nor a permit. We want to go to training together and train as a team.

Neither of us have very much money so we would like to find a program that provides transportation, Room and board and a meal or two. Best options?

I've looked at CRST and wondering if anyone could tell me their experience?

Thanks Guys and Girls.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime does. Great training good pay.

Only CR England will allow you to train on the same truck. But they pay a lot less and are known for being a second chance company

Prime will soon be announcing a training option.... Instead of doing 50k miles of teaming with a trainer..... You now have the option of doing 30k miles with a trainer if you agree to go company team for at least four months (I have to check on that time frame but I'm pretty sure that is what it is). You would get full team pay starting at the same 30k mark. (Which could easily be $1500 to $2000 per week each driver instead of $700!!!!!!).

That is a good deal for a pair in your situation and teams just got a guarantee and pay bump.

Prime pays for transportation motel and food during orientation week. Then you are advanced $200 per week for food while OTR with a CDL instructor. You pay that back $25 a week once you get the CDL. Then come back and test out. At that point you go out with a team trainer and start getting paid $700 per week the first 40k miles then $800 the next 10k miles

You could ask about doing the school portion at the terminal to stay together longer but you will need to split up for team training.

Again... You could get a truck and start teaming together at 30k and get full team pay.

The schooling is free as long as you work there a year. There is a $100 admin fee to pay upfront. They will send you for a drug test and DOT physical.

CRST is team only company and there are others here that went through their program who can answer questions and explain.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

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.

Dm:

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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If in their hiring area, CFI will train you free. They cover all costs including food while in CDL school. They would train you each solo, then allow you to team. CDL school is about 3 weeks, orientation is 4 days, time on truck with trainer is 25 days.

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.
Papa Pig's Comment
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Most companies will get you through orientation together but won’t put you both on a trainers truck. 3 ppl is too much. As Kearsey said , CR England does that but there are better options out there. It’s actually more beneficial to train separately. That way y’all both have different trainers and have a chance to learn different ways of doing things. I know for a fact that Werner is needing teams and will do their best to help you out. Good luck with wherever you go!

Cwc's Comment
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I went through CRST and while it wasn't a bad experience, just by looking at the numbers Kearsey put up. I would start looking at Prime. They also are somewhat hard to get into and that may cause a snag for you both. CRST (when I went) would let you and even encouraged to choose your own partner.

They won't have you both on a trainers truck. But once your both finished you link up and go. Onto the obvious. If you or your partner have mechanical break downs during training you or the other person may end up in a hotel waiting on one another. Things like that happen but be aware...

And I will say this, CRST is a team only company and as such you will be dispatched on team loads... I spent the better part of my year being sent from CA to NJ or similar type of runs (lllooonnnggg) Which was great. And I in fact miss those types of loads. Most of which started and ended at large/easy in and out places. Which looking back I'm pretty greatful for. And that's not to say I wasn't sent to some small, tight, and hard to maneuver places but... By and large were fairly easy.

Also... That was about 5 years ago. I'm sure others have more recent knowledge. They were on the lower end of the wage scale. In fact the first check I got from my next employer I called the office and spoke with my dispatcher to make sure I wasn't overpaid. And... She laughed at me😂

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Just fi ished 11th month at CRST My newest DM is a "senior" DM So far he has kept us running coast to coast 2000 to 2800 mile runs.

Next is less Calif. fed ex grd to Illinois fed ex grd......Liking he has us pre planned our next runs before we finish last load.....Plus he is 1 of 4 that also have "dedicated lanes" Which is next in my plans here......Sept 21st marks my 1 year here lol

Oh and they covered everything up front for training....dorm room 2 meals a day. Dmv fee's for permits n licenses.....$40 you pay back weekly for a short bit.....after done out with trainer Was bumped to 60 days now back to 30 since they have more freight than teams.....Also short on lead drivers for now

Dm:

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.

DMV:

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.

Patrick P.'s Comment
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Thank you very much for the info. It means and helps a lot.

Just fi ished 11th month at CRST My newest DM is a "senior" DM So far he has kept us running coast to coast 2000 to 2800 mile runs.

Next is less Calif. fed ex grd to Illinois fed ex grd......Liking he has us pre planned our next runs before we finish last load.....Plus he is 1 of 4 that also have "dedicated lanes" Which is next in my plans here......Sept 21st marks my 1 year here lol

Oh and they covered everything up front for training....dorm room 2 meals a day. Dmv fee's for permits n licenses.....$40 you pay back weekly for a short bit.....after done out with trainer Was bumped to 60 days now back to 30 since they have more freight than teams.....Also short on lead drivers for now

Dm:

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.

DMV:

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.

Patrick P.'s Comment
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Thank you very much. We decided to go with prime. Thanks yall.

Prime does. Great training good pay.

Only CR England will allow you to train on the same truck. But they pay a lot less and are known for being a second chance company

Prime will soon be announcing a training option.... Instead of doing 50k miles of teaming with a trainer..... You now have the option of doing 30k miles with a trainer if you agree to go company team for at least four months (I have to check on that time frame but I'm pretty sure that is what it is). You would get full team pay starting at the same 30k mark. (Which could easily be $1500 to $2000 per week each driver instead of $700!!!!!!).

That is a good deal for a pair in your situation and teams just got a guarantee and pay bump.

Prime pays for transportation motel and food during orientation week. Then you are advanced $200 per week for food while OTR with a CDL instructor. You pay that back $25 a week once you get the CDL. Then come back and test out. At that point you go out with a team trainer and start getting paid $700 per week the first 40k miles then $800 the next 10k miles

You could ask about doing the school portion at the terminal to stay together longer but you will need to split up for team training.

Again... You could get a truck and start teaming together at 30k and get full team pay.

The schooling is free as long as you work there a year. There is a $100 admin fee to pay upfront. They will send you for a drug test and DOT physical.

CRST is team only company and there are others here that went through their program who can answer questions and explain.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

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.

Dm:

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Keep in mind you shouldny limiy yourself to one company. Apply to many and then decide from the offers.

To "decide prime" is assuming they will accept you both. This is not a type of thing you choose. They still accept you or not

Good luck

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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