Some CFI Questions...

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Shawn L.'s Comment
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Hello all! So I've been thinking really hard about pressing the submit button on my CFI application, but I've got a question for anyone who works or has worked there about the company-sponsored CDL training that I haven't found the answer to. Say everything goes well and they accept me, am I supposed to get my CLP before I head to Joplin, or do I get that while IN Joplin along with my actual CDL (when the time comes)? I've heard that you will get the CDL in Missouri obviously, and then transfer it to your home state (mine would be Michigan) during hometime or whatever. But what's the story with the CLP?

Really excited to start my trucking journey, I've been eyeballing jumping into it for a while now but just recently decided to finally go on with it. CFI has been my main choice since the beginning, I haven't heard anything particularly bad about them that isn't shared across any carrier you go to, AND they have a terminal in Taylor, MI...just a 20-minute drive away from my home!

Looking forward to any help I can get!

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome to the forum, Shawn.

BigScott is our resident CFI expert, and a trainer for them as well. I'm sure he'll be along shortly to more directly answer any questions you'll have.

I'm 99.99% sure you get your med cert and CLP prior to going to Joplin. Both costs are reimbursed upon hiring.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You will get your permit and med card at home. Save receipts and you will get reimbursed for those. They may send you for a drug test while at home, their dime. Right now your schooling will be in Missouri and you will test there. You will not get a Missouri CDL , your scores will be sent to your home state and you will just have to pay and pick it up there. You can do that while out with your trainer. When you apply you will be assigned a recruiter. Recruiters are best contacted by email. Once accepted, be ready to go, things will happen quick.

Hope that helps. I'm happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Hope to see you in the growing CFI family.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Shawn L.'s Comment
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Okay, thank you so much for the clarification! I'm really hopeful that I'll be accepted. No DUIs or anything like that, and I don't smoke or drink so I know I'll pass my drug test with flying colors as I usually do. As long as CFI doesn't care about a 5-over speeding ticket that I got two years ago, I'll be good to go. I'll wait a bit to submit the application to make sure I have the money ready to pay for the DOT physical and all but as soon as I have that ready I'll go ahead with it. Thanks for your help! Maybe I'll get lucky enough to have you as my trainer, lol.

You will get your permit and med card at home. Save receipts and you will get reimbursed for those. They may send you for a drug test while at home, their dime. Right now your schooling will be in Missouri and you will test there. You will not get a Missouri CDL , your scores will be sent to your home state and you will just have to pay and pick it up there. You can do that while out with your trainer. When you apply you will be assigned a recruiter. Recruiters are best contacted by email. Once accepted, be ready to go, things will happen quick.

Hope that helps. I'm happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Hope to see you in the growing CFI family.

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.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Call them first and ask about the speeding ticket. I don't think it will be a problem.

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