Should I Bother Going To A Paid CDL School VS Company Sponsored Training?

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Jay J.'s Comment
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I'd like to hope that I could get a CDL without an obligation to a company and hope I can get a local or regional job with just a CDL and no experience but I know most likely I'll have to do a year of OTR , would I just end up doing company training all over again if I were to pay for a CDL school?

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Banks's Comment
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A year goes by really fast.

That being said, a lot of local companies provide training. I got my CDL through FedEx freight. I know XPO has a program as does OD. Pepsi, coca cola, Sysco, McClane, pittohio are all local companies that provide training.

You just have to look. This is all dependant on the companies need and where you live.

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.
Tim F.'s Comment
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Jay,

The school is going to teach you enough information to pass the CDL A road test ...as is a company sponsored school.

Your further training will occur at the start of tour new job. Companies have different training programs. That’s where you learn the particulars of being a professional truck driver.

I went to Roehls CDL school. I didn’t sweat the year commitment to save me 6-7 Grand. I figure it was a great deal. Which it was.

If I were you?, I’d do company sponsored/paid and have a job waiting for me once you successfully complete the program

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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