Phoenix Truck Driving Institute - Day 1

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Michael P.'s Comment
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Just started today, 9/27. After attendance 8 of went to a classroom and went through a 10-15 minute orientation. We were handed an AZ CDL A manual as well as a highlighters and a binder with each page of the manual already highlighted. We were told to copy the highlights to make studying easier and that we would need to have our permits by Friday. It took me about 3 hours to finish the highlights.

After lunch we were given iPads and told to go to and go through the program. Holy hell, this is going to be a slog. The videos are read at a... very.... slow... pace. It's almost painful and there is no way to speed up the voiceovers. We were told there is approx 60 hours of videos and these also need to be completed by Friday. So that's 60 hours plus time to study the CDL guide.. by friday. Not sure how I'm going to get this done and I'm wondering if this is how other schools operate.


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.
PackRat's Comment
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Are you attending this school in your own, or is a company sending you?

Michael P.'s Comment
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I was eligible for the WIOA grant.

Are you attending this school in your own, or is a company sending you?


WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

Michael P.'s Comment
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Day 2 was a lot like Day 1. All computer based training. I'm trying to get through all the modules as quick as I can so Thursday I can focus on practice tests and really hone in what I need to study. I wish they would have given me this stuff last week so I could have more time to study.

Michael P.'s Comment
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Day 3 - I decided to start by taking the practice tests for General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination Vehicles. I scored 73%, 92%, and 75% respectively so I feel like I'm in a pretty good position to pass the exams for real on Friday.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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