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Update: I called the Trucking School that I plan on attending. The woman told me that if it's my only ticket, and due to the massive demand right now, that I may be denied from some places, but she has no doubts that I can find a job because she's seen people with much worse records get jobs recently right out of school. I know I shouldn't fully trust what the trucking school recruiter says, but what are your opinions on her statement?

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Personally,

I would apply here: Apply For Paid CDL Training with FULL disclosure, and see who (if anyone) bites. It'll give you a 'bird's eye view' as to what you may be up against.

You aren't OBLIGATED to any paid training that may be interested in you, but it'd let you test the waters, per se.

That's just IMHO, Sam.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

I agree with Anne see about company sponsored training , at least if they accept you you'll know.

I don't doubt she has seen companies overlook worse but those may not be the type of company you'll want to work for.

A trucking school will get anybody a CDL, as long as you keep depositing money into their account. These will not guarantee you a good paycheck with a reputable company, though. Once you are the proud recipient of a CDL, their job is complete, and out the door you must go.

The way we strongly recommend is through company-sponsored training. If you give it 100%, you'll have a CDL, OJT in real-world situations with a trainer, and employment at that same company. It's a winning combination for anyone that's seriously considering truck driving.

Of course they are going to tell you that. You are not their worry once you pay the tuition. Have you considered paid cdl training like Anne mentioned?

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Update: I called the Trucking School that I plan on attending. The woman told me that if it's my only ticket, and due to the massive demand right now, that I may be denied from some places, but she has no doubts that I can find a job because she's seen people with much worse records get jobs recently right out of school. I know I shouldn't fully trust what the trucking school recruiter says, but what are your opinions on her statement?

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I've considered it. I applied on the website here where it automatically sends out my contact information to multiple companies. I only got an email back from one.. That might be due to my location here in North Idaho?

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.

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.

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

Sam 's Comment
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Update: I received more emails from paid CDL programs that were delayed. I initially thought the emails would all come at once, so was disappointed to only see one at first. I'll apply with these companies and see what they say. In the meantime I have my CDL permit test Monday and my DOT physical Monday as well.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Sam 's Comment
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Thanks everyone. I'll talk to some recruiters for paid-CDL training companies and not go the school route. If I can't get any of the paid training companies to hire me, I think I should take a different path.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks everyone. I'll talk to some recruiters for paid-CDL training companies and not go the school route. If I can't get any of the paid training companies to hire me, I think I should take a different path.

You're welcome, and we think so, too.

Best of luck on your CDLP, and your DoT Physical!

Stop back & let us know, when you can.

~ Anne ~

ps: Did you study this, here? It's awesome; failsafe if you study it. Best wishes ! Having a permit WILL help you with many of these paid training companies.

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.

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.

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