My CDL Paid Training School ATI Norfolk Virginia 2021

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Nott2sea's Comment
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Just wanted to give credit where it was due! My school ATI in Norfolk VA was really great. It started off kind of crazy but ended up leveling out to a smooth finish. I actually quit twice (stormed out crying) but they stuck with me and graciously allowed me to come back. The frustration of not being able to accomplish something can really bring you down. But don't give up, keep on going back and you can do it. I finally passed the DMV on my 3rd try. Looking back on my experience, I realize that each instructor played a part in my success. At first I thought that it was confusing that each instructor was telling me something different. Looking back, it's best that way because everyone learns a different way. What works for one may not work for another. My classes were M - Thursday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. However they allowed me to come in every Friday and some weekends to get extra practice. They have I know of at least 5 tractor trailers and 2 driving simulator machines. The class was 6 weeks long but it took me 8 1/2 weeks. The school was great and I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn. I got my CDL A September 10th 2021. It's such a good feeling of accomplishment. I start my first job the first week in October 2021. There are at least 6 instructors Mike (super cool dude), Lynn (great lady that finally thought me to straight back), Ester (great lady very patient), Woody (super sweet guy very helpful), one fella I think his name was Doug (very military style or like a car salesman manager style/ boot camp trainer a little on the tough side) and last but certainly not least, in my opinion he is their best trainer by far and several other students approached me with the same observation is) GREG. I can't say enough good things about Greg, he was calm, patient very serious and professional in every sense of the word. He was extremely approachable and willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed. I believe Greg was definitely an asset to this school. Plus the big guy in charge upstairs Duke, another great asset to the school. So, if your trying to decide if paid CDL school is right for you, I hope this will help. Thanks for reading and best of luck to everyone! Happy trails!


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.


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.


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.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Many of us are following; who's your ultimate goal to drive for, upon graduation, btw??

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: There's NO CRYING in BASEBALL .... oops, TRUCKING!! (In my best Tom Hanks' voice, in a League of My OWN, haha!)


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