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School lasts 6 months approximately. This is actually really good for me because I'm currently under a contract at my current job that says if I leave prior to February then I owe them $1500. So I kind of wanted to avoid that. I'm also not too fond of the idea of company training. It seems very rushed. I'm the kind of person that it takes time for me to learn things but once I learn them I do them well. I want to set myself up to succeed in this field and I feel like this course will help with that better than a 20 day frantic sprint through CDL school. Plus, I don't like the idea of being beholden to a single company if I don't have to be.

Those are just my reasons for going about it the way that I am. Feel free to criticize. I'm gonna enroll on Friday so I'm not likely to change my mind at this moment.

No criticism here, Pelican!

Seriously, many folks have to go that route, for many reasons. Yours sounds well planned, well thought, and responsible. My guy did similar; couldn't afford to jump ship & leave the iT pay...but then again, iT PAID well in 2003, LoL !

Look at the bright side; it'll give you PLENTY of time to read the 'information overload' you'll get here, haha!

When you tire of reading: Truckin' Along w/Kearsey!

That's the gal above, that replied; she's awesome! (And a riot, too!!) :) You'll smile and giggle...and learn from her.

Wish you the best, man. We all have our situations, for sure. Look at the 'Pre HIre' threads, as time rolls farther. All great information, and there's always more to be had, with each question you post.

Best to you, for sure! I'll enjoy this follow~

~ 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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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