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James L.'s Comment
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Hello,

I have been a long time lurker here always reading and curious about the mental state of trucking. I have to say I have always loved the optimism here and the honesty. I decided to finally create an account and comment around here, but I do need some advice. I am 29 years old living in New Jersey and about 4 years ago I got my CDL paid out of my own pocket to pursue this career and look for work. Unfortunately due to lives circumstances I was unable to start this journey. Fast forward to now I am ready and hungry start to start this new chapter in my life. I was wondering if any of you were in a similar position to mine, that already has a CDL A but is rusty from 4 years of having no CDL experience what would you recommend my approach to get into this field? Should I take a refresher course and start applying? Or just apply directly to companies that are willing to hire me on the spot? Any advice would be greatly appreciated thank you in advance.

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.
George B.'s Comment
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You will have to take a refresher course. If not complete retraining. Especially if you never actually drove. Others will soon chime in w loads of info to assist you in your endeavor. Company sponsored training is your best bet.Paid CDL Training ProgramsApply For Paid CDL Training

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.

James L.'s Comment
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Thank you so much! I am going to apply for company sponsored programs while I am doing refresher courses in the meantime.

Banks's Comment
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Company sponsored training will count as the refresher. Don't pay for one out of pocket. First, check to see if the companies you're applying to can provide it.

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.

James L.'s Comment
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I will do that step first. I searched the forums as well if these companies provided refreshers and you are correct. Thank you

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I will do that step first. I searched the forums as well if these companies provided refreshers and you are correct. Thank you

Best to you, James!

Hope one of these work out for you: Apply For Paid CDL Training

~ 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.
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