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Tammy A.'s Comment
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Is there any place on this site where i can find how exactly how the process of getting a sponsered trucking company works from start to finish? I need to start getting my ducks in a row. I dont know if they do all checks on a potential driver before I make the journey or when I get there? Will I know if im accepted before I get there? f I am do they give me time to go back home and finish closing my life b4 I actually start? I need to know because I have to let go a disabled man I take care of who lives with me but I cant until I know for sure if i am accepted by the company. once I let him go theres no getting him back. If I have to be at the company for all the process and accepted or not I could always put him on respite for a couple weeks tillI find out and be able to come home straighten things out here then start school. Thanks

Chief Brody's Comment
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Tammy,

Below is a link to Prime's training process.

Prime training

Tammy A.'s Comment
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Thanks

Tammy,

Below is a link to Prime's training process.

Prime training

Tammy A.'s Comment
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So from what I understand all physicals, background checks,drug tests are all done from home right? Everything they need to know before bringing me on is done here? So if they accept me in their school Ill know before leaving home right?

Bush Country's Comment
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Is there any place on this site where i can find how exactly how the process of getting a sponsered trucking company works from start to finish? I need to start getting my ducks in a row. I dont know if they do all checks on a potential driver before I make the journey or when I get there? Will I know if im accepted before I get there? f I am do they give me time to go back home and finish closing my life b4 I actually start? I need to know because I have to let go a disabled man I take care of who lives with me but I cant until I know for sure if i am accepted by the company. once I let him go theres no getting him back. If I have to be at the company for all the process and accepted or not I could always put him on respite for a couple weeks tillI find out and be able to come home straighten things out here then start school. Thanks

Here's how it worked for me at Knight Transportation: I applied online. I talked to a recruiter. I was hired (accepted into CDL school). I went to Phoenix, did the three week school, and passed the CDL exam. I did an additional week of training that Knight calls Top Gun. I went home, went to the DPS (other states - DMV), and got my paper CDL. I am now waiting on a trainer. It looks like it will be 3 - 5 more days until I get with one. I think the wait is usually shorter. I have used the additional time to study for and pass the written exams for Hazmat and doubles/triples.

When you are going to Knight, you are hired as an employee. Your first day of employment is the first Monday of CDL school. The current rate of pay is $480 a week. It defrays your expenses but does not cover them completely, unless you figure out something cheaper than staying in a hotel. The company does not pay for your transportation to school, the hotel room, or meals. Since you are becoming an employee, all of the background checks will be done before you are hired. This also means you have a job as a driver upon passing the test for your CDL. I would advise having everything in your home life taken care of before going to Phoenix because, depending on availability, you may be sent out with a trainer OTR as soon as a day or two after passing the CDL exam.

I hope this helps. It will at least give you a comparison for what other companies do.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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Lets just say i apply in ohio and im in mass. will all my physical background check and drug test be done before I go to ohio?

Tammy A.'s Comment
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I need to know if im accepted before I take off from home

Old School's Comment
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Tammy, it seems you are just as dependent on this disabled man as he is on you. Are you sure you are ready to do this? Just because they don't send you home doesn't mean you are going to survive trucking. What happens if you decide you don't like it? Are you committed to this? Can you stick it out through the tough parts? Everyone of us wanted to quit at several points in our training. Are you prepared for the trials and the hard parts? I only ask these things because it seems you are on the fence sometimes and other times you seem as though you can't wait to set yourself free from something. Trucking is not a good choice to escape from something. It is a far better choice to make because you really want to pursue something. There is no faking it at this career. It takes Commitment.

I longed for the independence and adventure that trucking offered. You may feel the same way, and I hope you do. I just can't tell sometimes by your line of questions. I realize you are trying to get everything in order, and your situation has complications that most of us don't deal with. I want to see you succeed wildly at this, just as each of us do here. Get things in order at home and be prepared to not look back. That's the way you want to leave when you head for one of the Paid CDL Training Programs. You can't steal second base with one foot on first. Get rid of the things that are tying you to home and make a clean break. That's what you need so that you can focus and make this happen.

Lets just say i apply in ohio and im in mass. will all my physical background check and drug test be done before I go to ohio?

Not necessarily. That may depend on your company's policy. Your recruiter can answer that for you. I can assure you that you will most likely be drug tested at their facility. If we knew specifically where you were going there may be some of us with actual experience at that company. We could be more specific then. Otherwise, it is best to ask your recruiter questions like this. Remember these companies can and do change their policies on a whim. You need to be prepared to go for this with no turning back.

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.
Moe's Comment
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If you are conflicted about letting him go and such, I'm going to tell you, Dont do trucking until you can or are willing to do so. Im not sure the exact status or nature of your relationship with this person, but you need to be all in for this. I havelittle or few attachments in life and I still struggle with thinking about the few I do have, quitting has def crossed my mind a couple of times, but I havent quit and I have ky reasons why I haven't.

To me it sounds like you haven't firmly found your reasons to jump all in and you need to do that BEFORE you apply to a company, its not the company's fault if you washout and can't regain what you once had.

My .02 cents

Is there any place on this site where i can find how exactly how the process of getting a sponsered trucking company works from start to finish? I need to start getting my ducks in a row. I dont know if they do all checks on a potential driver before I make the journey or when I get there? Will I know if im accepted before I get there? f I am do they give me time to go back home and finish closing my life b4 I actually start? I need to know because I have to let go a disabled man I take care of who lives with me but I cant until I know for sure if i am accepted by the company. once I let him go theres no getting him back. If I have to be at the company for all the process and accepted or not I could always put him on respite for a couple weeks tillI find out and be able to come home straighten things out here then start school. Thanks

Tammy A.'s Comment
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OH I AM READY! I just dont want to start the process of letting social workers find him a group home and I jump in without knowing for sure I am accepted. As we all know NOTHING goes the way we plan. I dont want to quit a job before I know 100% I have another one. I need to know im approved in every way to start driving school before I let him go. As far as passing truck driving school thats all in my hands and once im accepted im IN!!! NO TURNING BACK! I just dont want to be blindsided after I let him go. a few people have ive read here. Nothing I can think of will come back to bite me but ya never know.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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