Brand New Seeking To Upgrade CDL Morale Lowered

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Tee N.'s Comment
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Many Years ago I obtained A CDL. I’ve decided that I want to upgrade, so I recently started at A private School. To say I was excited is an understatement, I’m so excited to learn. My Morale has been completely lowered now. Instructor non Chalantly came out just yesterday and said if we fail the Skills Test we have to pay 500 Dollars to retest and of course we can retest as many times as we like as long as we have 500. I was literally floored I don’t want to be Babysat but it would be great to hear from anyone that’s been through this before.

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. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Many Years ago I obtained A CDL. I’ve decided that I want to upgrade, so I recently started at A private School. To say I was excited is an understatement, I’m so excited to learn. My Morale has been completely lowered now. Instructor non Chalantly came out just yesterday and said if we fail the Skills Test we have to pay 500 Dollars to retest and of course we can retest as many times as we like as long as we have 500. I was literally floored I don’t want to be Babysat but it would be great to hear from anyone that’s been through this before.

Howdy, Tee !

So sorry it's taken so long to get you a reply; was hoping Kearsey (our moderator and Prime trainer) or Laura (IDMtnGal) would've replied by now....auugh!

Hope you are still here, with us! Yeah, due to the new 'ELDT' rules of 02/07/2022 ... you're having to go back through it, again. Did you have your CDLB before, or just your permit?

A few folks on this forum SURE HAVE BEEN through similar situations; if you'll re post this question in the General Discussion area, you'll get quick replies, INCLUDING THE GUYS, haha!

Kearsey sure DOES have some of the answers, here: Truckin' Along w/ Kearsey!

In addition, many states have their own 'twist' on things, re: training. If you'd please add at least your state to your profile, would help us, help you...for sure.

Also, Mz Tee ...... this is one of the reasons we ALWAYS recommend: Paid CDL Training Programs for info, and this: Apply For Paid CDL Training. Kearsey (above mentioned) herself, took 2 or 3 tries to pass, at NO additional cost, with the above links.

I hear ya, gal. Not many people have an extra FIVE Benjamins lying around, should this happen. Perhaps by now you have ALREADY either passed, or are looking at other ways to pursue this dream, once again. Consider the above links, and add your state! I'll have the gals stop in & offer up some of their stories, stuff, and encouragement....when you stop back!

Some other GREAT reading, is:

Again, Tee ... if you stop back, might be best if ya 'ask away' in the General Discussion part of the forum, but I'm sure myself & Laura will definitely stop back in here; AND QUICKER, this time....! Again, sorry!

Best wishes, m'lady.....hope it's going well for ya!~

~ 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.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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I would be re-reading the school's contract that was agreed upon between it and yourself at the start of your training there.

Was there a contract?

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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It seems pretty standard across the board. Granted I was looking before the rules changed. Our local community college program allows two attempts, before you wind up with the $800 truck rental charge to be able to practice/re test. I get it, it's a big chunk of change, but most likely it was made explicitly clear in the contract. This is why you work your behind off, and nail it the first try.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Just saw this... Sorry been team training.

How did things work out? The schools near me do this as well. Sorry it came as a surprise

Hang in there... Think and breathe before every decision you make. 80% of my students pass on the first try. U can too

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