Seeking A Lengthy Training Program

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Luna S.'s Comment
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Hi there, I have been lurking for awhile now, there's tons of great information and tips to note and many times, while researching a certain topic, I find that I get easily side tracked by another. I freaking love this site!! Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knew which companies have the longest training programs.

TIA LaLuna

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi there, I have been lurking for awhile now, there's tons of great information and tips to note and many times, while researching a certain topic, I find that I get easily side tracked by another. I freaking love this site!! Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knew which companies have the longest training programs.

TIA LaLuna

Welcome to Trucking Truth, LaLuna !!!

I do the EXACT same... and I've been here for a bit. Log in to 'read' all the updates, and get SOOOO sidetracked!!

Have you seen this?!?

Longest training company (overall) seems to be Prime. Here's our resident Prime YouTuber & moderator, who has a ton of videos, on just that for ya!

Truckin' Along with Kearsey

We have MANY Primates; I can't list them all. Swifties, as well. THEY ALSO have a good timed out training program!

A few OTHER Prime diaries on TT I would suggest you read, are: Turtle, Chief Brody, and RealDiehl .. PackRat's diary is awesome, as well!

Wish you the best, LL!!

~ Anne ~

ps: Ms. Laura (IDMtnGal) is our veteran FEMALE EXTRAORDINAIRE of the site.... but you'll have to look her up; no diares...been driving on & off for over 20 YEARS iirc....

Those are some 'go to' starters for ya!!

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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~ Anne ~

ps: Ms. Laura (IDMtnGal) is our veteran FEMALE EXTRAORDINAIRE of the site.... but you'll have to look her up; no diares...been driving on & off for over 20 YEARS iirc....

LOL! Only 11 years all told, Anne....only 11. I was off the road while husband did cowboy work and was Traumatic Brain Injured for 18 yrs...maybe that's what you were thinking of. 😉

Laura

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.
Andrey's Comment
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Companies are all busy businesses, if there is a difference in length it is probably measured in days. CDL schools are for sure the longest. I know that NETTTS offers two classes: 160 hours long (attending on weekends makes it about two months) and 600 hours long (about six months).

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.
Luna S.'s Comment
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Hi Anne, Thanks for responding. I have read the first 2, The Truckers Guide and Bretts book. The others are currently on my pending list as I'm still in research mode.

P.s Hi Laura

PackRat's Comment
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As Anne pointed out, Prime, Inc. is probably the longest training period for the major carriers. CDL schools run by private entities will normally only be about four weeks, or maybe 200 hours and are not normally longer in duration, nor better for knowledge gained. These are a business in that more money gained via more students cycled through their program. We highly recommend company sponsored training programs for potential drivers.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi Anne, Thanks for responding. I have read the first 2, The Truckers Guide and Bretts book. The others are currently on my pending list as I'm still in research mode.

P.s Hi Laura

AnyTIME, Luna!!

So MANY years of experience and a mixed bag of the best blokes (and blondes, haha!) on here... ask away..

Hope me and the other peeps, helped a bit; keep at it!!

Blessings,

Anne

ps: When you get acclimated and figure out where to head off to, Daniel B.'s pretrip guide is the PHENOM!!!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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I would have to agree, Prime seems to be longer than many of the others I have seen and heard of. (I drive for Prime Inc.) I am biased towards them, because my journey had ZERO hiccups from first recruiter contact, all the way to upgrading to my own truck. (Truck and I had to have a come to Jesus meeting, and now we see eye to eye..... And he's got the "act right" down.....)

For me, I chose them because of their reputation with training women. There seems to be a very fast reaction if things do go sideways on the harassment scenario.

I know my trainer was VERY aware of propriety. He would see me crawl into bed in a hoodie, sweats, fuzzy socks (he kept the truck an icicle!) And cacooned in my sleeping bag, and he would always pop open the way top of the curtain, and go "ya decent?" It was funny, and a smidge sweet knowing that he didn't want to embarrass either of us!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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