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Brandon G.'s Comment
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I have done some research and searched this forum. I have to say I’ve heard mixed reviews. Does anyone have any comments about this school? Thanks

Jay F.'s Comment
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I got my cdl at transtech in Newton. I have no complaints. I knew my record was clean and could get hired anywhere. I wanted to pay my way and not owe anyone anything for school, for 2800 bucks it was a great deal. Good instructors and good equipment. No complaints

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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For the most part, the members of this site are proponents of on the job training with a carrier, simply because of you make it through, you have a job, with very little up front costs, for usually a year's time.

I agree. If I had my stuff together, I could have been at Prime less than 7 days after the application. Everybody cries about the one year commitment. Honestly? It went by way way way fast. I'm technically not a "Rookie" anymore, but somehow, I think of myself that way still.

The main issue I have read about schools vs carrier training, is the number of students vs available drive time. I was lucky, that I was in a group of three, trained "on the pad" and did a lot of short hauls to tight locations close enough to Pittston to go there and back. Make sure the school actually gets you legit road time, not just driving in circles in the same neighborhood.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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There's only two things you need to worry about when considering a school:

1) How much does it cost? Compare it to other schools in your area. It should be about the same as the others. $6,000 or more is an automatic, "NO".

2) What's the graduation rate? How many students who pay for the class actually succeed in obtaining a CDL? The national average is around 80%, but I've seen some schools in the Portland area that are closer to 40%. Schools that have two rates are an automatic, "NO". Something like, "65% of our students earn a CDL with our basic class, but 90% do with additional training". "Additional training" means additional time and additional fees. It's a way for the school to advertise a lower class cost but still make the additional fees. I've known students who paid $2,500 for, "additional training" because they couldn't pass their DMV test. I've known students who needed more drive time to pass their test who had to pay $800/day for it.

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.

DMV:

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.

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