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tarheel59's Comment
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I have started applying to companies with company sponsored training. So far, CFI, Swift, Knight, SNL,KLLM. One company I applied to, said they only allowed those who didn't have a CDL already or a recent graduate from truck driving school. So I moved on from them. I still have a few to apply to. Only two at this time have contacted me. But, it is early in process. 🙂

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Crappie Attitude 's Comment
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Hey Tar Heel (and Bush Country) I’m a 65 year young Retiree from the oil business looking to get my CDL-P and DOT med card after I clear up a medical vision issue in August. I’ve only been reading on TT for two months, but I’m ready to go.

I’m a bit apprehensive about finding companies willing to give me a chance. I spent 18 months applying to many jobs not in trucking without success. I worked for one company for 38 years as a Petroleum Engineer. I will be an excellent and dedicated employee.

Anyway, I’ll be following your job search closely wishing you all the best.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Did y'all use 'our' link?

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Welcome to TT, C'Attitude;

Check this:

Best to y'all!

~ Anne ~

ps: I've got a few 'little known' companies that also train: Dutch Maid Logistics, Witte Bros., and Mast Trucking..... if that helps!!

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.
tarheel59's Comment
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Hi everyone, so far in my search for a company sponsored training school. I have 2 conditional offers. Also a no go from one. From 3 I haven't heard anything at all. The search continues. 🙂

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Hi everyone, so far in my search for a company sponsored training school. I have 2 conditional offers. Also a no go from one. From 3 I haven't heard anything at all. The search continues. 🙂

What was the reason for the no go?

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

tarheel59's Comment
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I am not sure why one company passed on me. From being on TT, it is not unusual for this to happen. Was told they declined. Onward with the one's that are interested.

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