Is It Possible To Get Paid Cdl Training Locally?

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Dee tizzle 's Comment
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Hello guys/girls. I had a horrible experience with a trucking school and was only able to obtain a CDL permit out of the whole ordeal.

I have not given up on my quest to become a local truck driver. I’m low on cash and was wondering if it’s possible for me to get CDL paid training and drive locally. I am in Louisville, KY. If anyone has any suggestions please comment below.

I appreciate you all.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Check with LTL companies Old Dominion, FedEx, Estes, YRC, ABF, Saia, AAA Cooper R&L they might be offering training depending on their needs.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Old School's Comment
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Dee, What you are trying to do is really tough. Bobcat Bob is correct in what he says, but there is generally a huge caveat to that advice. What is available to him is not usually available to most of us. Louisville is a good sized city, and you may be able to find what he is talking about.

I'm not a fan of starting locally because I prefer to teach people "best practices" in the trucking industry. I completely understand the need and the reasons why people want local jobs, but it is still the best practice to put in a year as an OTR driver. It is the most likely way to get yourself the experience needed to establish your new trucking career. I'm going to link an article for you that explains this whole concept.

We all wish you the best, but as far as I am concerned the most ideal way to get this whole thing started is to figure out a way that you can commit to one year over the road or even a regional gig with a major carrier. That will really set you up and open up a lot of opportunity for you locally.

Why You Don't Want To Start Your Trucking Career Locally

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Dee tizzle 's Comment
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I respect your opinion sir. Almost all of the companies that Bobcat mentioned are in my city. I will try going this route because I feel like it is right for me.

Sincerely,

Dee

Dee, What you are trying to do is really tough. Bobcat Bob is correct in what he says, but there is generally a huge caveat to that advice. What is available to him is not usually available to most of us. Louisville is a good sized city, and you may be able to find what he is talking about.

I'm not a fan of starting locally because I prefer to teach people "best practices" in the trucking industry. I completely understand the need and the reasons why people want local jobs, but it is still the best practice to put in a year as an OTR driver. It is the most likely way to get yourself the experience needed to establish your new trucking career. I'm going to link an article for you that explains this whole concept.

We all wish you the best, but as far as I am concerned the most ideal way to get this whole thing started is to figure out a way that you can commit to one year over the road or even a regional gig with a major carrier. That will really set you up and open up a lot of opportunity for you locally.

Why You Don't Want To Start Your Trucking Career Locally

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Auggie69's Comment
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Hello guys/girls. I had a horrible experience with a trucking school and was only able to obtain a CDL permit out of the whole ordeal.

I have not given up on my quest to become a local truck driver. I’m low on cash and was wondering if it’s possible for me to get CDL paid training and drive locally. I am in Louisville, KY. If anyone has any suggestions please comment below.

I appreciate you all.

Bobcat Bob is right as is Old School.

However, here is a driving job that is for Road runs (as opposed to Local) for Fedex. Fedex Road runs are out and back in a day so you'd be home every night. Same with OD. Other carriers may have different runs. This particular link will hire you on with Fedex and they'll teach you to drive and get your CDL.FXF Road Apprentice

Click on the link and apply.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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As others have said it is possible but its a more difficult path for sure. I got started unloading anywhere from 15k to 20k with a 2 wheel dolly up and down a ramp daily. Many times they can't find anybody to fill these positions thats why they're offered to someone with zero experience. There is actually a budweiser distributor in my area hiring people WITHOUT a CDL offering to pay their schooling AND offering a $1500 sign on bonus. Nobody wants that work because its a very physical fast paced job without making as much as you can at other trucking jobs that are no touch.

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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Something else to be aware of.... Some companies will not accept a student who started elsewhere. At prime if you started at a school or company they will not accept you until you get the CDL. It is a commitment issue at that point. If you quit with them or steuggled too much to "get it" you could be wasting their time.

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.
James H.'s Comment
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Dock workers at XPO Logistics get paid at their hourly salary while being trained as drivers. I don't know how long you need to work there before you can apply for the training program.

https://jobs.xpo.com/key/louisville-kentucky.html

Banks's Comment
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Dock workers at XPO Logistics get paid at their hourly salary while being trained as drivers. I don't know how long you need to work there before you can apply for the training program.

https://jobs.xpo.com/key/louisville-kentucky.html

You don't want to do that there

David W.'s Comment
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Pepsi trains for cdl’s. They might make you sign a one year commitment contract, and you’ll work your butt off. But they’ll pay good, and have good benefits

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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