CDL Training For Someone With Experience

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Jasper's Comment
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I have gotten my CDL permit BEFORE FEBRUARY 7th and I have my medical card. I have 5 years OTR experience but that was 12 years ago and I have since let my CDL expire. I'm looking for some sort of refresher course to get my CDL back. I do not need 3 weeks of training with a small group for thousands of dollars. Is there anything that would help me that is not EDPT?

It seems that after February 7th, most if not all schools no longer do refreshers. Thank You

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.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Howdy, Jasper;

Welcome to TT !

You could try right here: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs and when you apply and it asks if you have your CDL etc, just specify 'refresher training.'

Another company that was famous for a refresher in the past, was Schneider. I'm not sure if they still do. You could also check with CFI.

That's a start!

Hope it helps;

~ Anne ~

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.
Jasper's Comment
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Howdy, Jasper;

Welcome to TT !

You could try right here: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs and when you apply and it asks if you have your CDL etc, just specify 'refresher training.'

Another company that was famous for a refresher in the past, was Schneider. I'm not sure if they still do. You could also check with CFI.

That's a start!

Hope it helps;

~ Anne ~

As mentioned in my post, I DO NOT have my CDL, only my permit and medical card. I have filled out the online application on this website. Again, looking for a refresher course TO GET my CDL.

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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Howdy, Jasper;

Welcome to TT !

You could try right here: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs and when you apply and it asks if you have your CDL etc, just specify 'refresher training.'

Another company that was famous for a refresher in the past, was Schneider. I'm not sure if they still do. You could also check with CFI.

That's a start!

Hope it helps;

~ Anne ~

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As mentioned in my post, I DO NOT have my CDL, only my permit and medical card. I have filled out the online application on this website. Again, looking for a refresher course TO GET my CDL.

Again, check SNI and CFI. They both train, and MAY have abbreviated courses.

~ Anne ~

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Jasper.

Unfortunately a refresher course will not get it done for you. Since you no longer possess a CDL , and it’s been 12 years you will be required to start out as if you are a total greenhorn. I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but without that 160 hours of schooling, you will not be granted a CDL and are uninsurable.

See these links:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Truck Driving School Listings

Good luck!

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.
Jasper's Comment
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This from the FMCSA DOT GOV

"If an applicant who obtained a CLP prior to February 7, 2022, and obtains a CDL before the CLP or renewed CLP expires, the applicant is not subject to the ELDT requirements. Any individual who meets one of the exceptions for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 is also exempt from the ELDT requirements."

This tells me that if I can find a 20 hour course that can get me up to date with Pretrip and a couple maneuvers, I don't need to do the 160 hour course.

I know a couple of companies that will take me as long as I have a CDL and Medical card, they will provide me with their refresher course. Problem is I live in Florida, 130 miles south of I-10 on the space coast. Schneider told me that they don't offer school in my area.

Some companies like Stevens want you to show a work history. I've been running my own business since 2009 and even though I have filed taxes every year, they won't accept my taxes for self employed.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

G-Town's Comment
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That’s great... the issue is you haven’t driven for 12 years and you do not have a CDL. If you can find a refresher course, let us know.

This from the FMCSA DOT GOV

"If an applicant who obtained a CLP prior to February 7, 2022, and obtains a CDL before the CLP or renewed CLP expires, the applicant is not subject to the ELDT requirements. Any individual who meets one of the exceptions for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 is also exempt from the ELDT requirements."

This tells me that if I can find a 20 hour course that can get me up to date with Pretrip and a couple maneuvers, I don't need to do the 160 hour course.

I know a couple of companies that will take me as long as I have a CDL and Medical card, they will provide me with their refresher course. Problem is I live in Florida, 130 miles south of I-10 on the space coast. Schneider told me that they don't offer school in my area.

Some companies like Stevens want you to show a work history. I've been running my own business since 2009 and even though I have filed taxes every year, they won't accept my taxes for self employed.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Have you looked at Cypress? Predominantly Florida company. I grew up North of the i10, saw them around. Old School has recommended them in the past, so that there, is a good thing from an expert flatbedder.

They train. Refresher? Not sure. Type freight? Flatbed only.

Website says they'll pay you for 2 to 7 weeks of training; that might be in your wheelhouse.

Training info at mid/bottom of page:

We 'try' to help, sir.

~ Anne ~

ps: Please let us know.

pps: Thought of another one; Trans Am. They pretty much 'have' no training, last I'd heard. They have a yard in Tampa.

PackRat's Comment
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We gave you a lot of solid advice before, Chuck/Jasper, but you didn't follow along then. What will be different now?

Jasper's Comment
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We gave you a lot of solid advice before, Chuck/Jasper, but you didn't follow along then. What will be different now?

Things change from one day to the next. Appreciate all the advice.

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