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22Younggun's Comment
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I started my truck driving training at Crowder College in Neosho, MO on September 6 for CFI. There were 7 of us going through it. We were a day behind due to the Labor Day holiday. One of the guys in my class seemed like he did not know how to drive at all. So the instructors had to spend extra time with him and this did not allow us to get ample time behind the wheel doing the maneuvers we needed to do. After a week and a half, they finally released the guy and then things ramped up. As of this message, I am still at Crowder College.

I have taken my skills test twice, and both times I had an auditor with me the examiner. I have been told that the auditor was only there to rate the examiner and not the student. I quickly found out that this was not the case. On my last test was on a Thursday, and the auditor graded me as well as the examiner and said that I ran out of points doing a parallel park after I got the truck in the box. The examiner said that he did not have that many points for me, but since the auditor called it, we had to go with his grade. This caused me to fail the test and wait over the weekend to retake it.

Other than the auditor, the instructors at Crowder College are very knowledgeable and helpful. They want to see you succeed! However, pass or fail on Monday, my time at Crowder is done.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Great start for you. Don't sweat it that you have to retest. It's not an uncommon occurrence. Think of it like this: That is more opportunity to practice backing.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I started my truck driving training at Crowder College in Neosho, MO on September 6 for CFI. There were 7 of us going through it. We were a day behind due to the Labor Day holiday. One of the guys in my class seemed like he did not know how to drive at all. So the instructors had to spend extra time with him and this did not allow us to get ample time behind the wheel doing the maneuvers we needed to do. After a week and a half, they finally released the guy and then things ramped up. As of this message, I am still at Crowder College.

I have taken my skills test twice, and both times I had an auditor with me the examiner. I have been told that the auditor was only there to rate the examiner and not the student. I quickly found out that this was not the case. On my last test was on a Thursday, and the auditor graded me as well as the examiner and said that I ran out of points doing a parallel park after I got the truck in the box. The examiner said that he did not have that many points for me, but since the auditor called it, we had to go with his grade. This caused me to fail the test and wait over the weekend to retake it.

Other than the auditor, the instructors at Crowder College are very knowledgeable and helpful. They want to see you succeed! However, pass or fail on Monday, my time at Crowder is done.

Dang, man!!

I sure hope you'll stop in and let us know. Sometimes we all get to deal with the "breaks." I'm having a dealio, myself....can't pass FedMed, hubby's job is closing shop~ always something.

Hope it went well today, good sir.

Please stop in; Big Scott has his email in his profile, as do many of us. Wish you started this diary SOONER, although I know it's hard, being busy and all. I get it, I do.

Hope for the best, as I am for you.

~ Anne ~

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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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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While I did not go to Crowder, it took me 3 times to pass my CDL test. First the truck wouldn't start after the pretrip, second timed out on alley dock third time nailed it.

How did it go?

Hope you made it. You have 3 tries on each section.

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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Hows it going, Driver?

Ryan B.'s Comment
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While I did not go to Crowder, it took me 3 times to pass my CDL test. First the truck wouldn't start after the pretrip, second timed out on alley dock third time nailed it.

How did it go?

Hope you made it. You have 3 tries on each section.

Big Scott, once a person successfully completes a section, it doesn't have to be completed again when having to retest, is that correct? So, for a hypothetical scenario, I fail the pre-trip twice and pass it the third time, I still have 3 tries with each of the other segments, if I am understanding things correctly. After successfully completing the 3rd attempt at pre-trip, I fail my 1st and 2nd attempts at backing, then successfully complete the 3rd. After the 3rd attempt at backing and passing, I then have 3 attempts to pass the drive section of the exam. Do I have that understood correctly for a worst case scenario in passing the CDL exam? If I am also understanding things correctly, failing a section ends the examination for the day, but passing a section means moving on to the next section on that day. I am asking about specifics on this so that if someone asks me about testing, I can be sure to give accurate information.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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While I did not go to Crowder, it took me 3 times to pass my CDL test. First the truck wouldn't start after the pretrip, second timed out on alley dock third time nailed it.

How did it go?

Hope you made it. You have 3 tries on each section.

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Big Scott, once a person successfully completes a section, it doesn't have to be completed again when having to retest, is that correct? So, for a hypothetical scenario, I fail the pre-trip twice and pass it the third time, I still have 3 tries with each of the other segments, if I am understanding things correctly. After successfully completing the 3rd attempt at pre-trip, I fail my 1st and 2nd attempts at backing, then successfully complete the 3rd. After the 3rd attempt at backing and passing, I then have 3 attempts to pass the drive section of the exam. Do I have that understood correctly for a worst case scenario in passing the CDL exam? If I am also understanding things correctly, failing a section ends the examination for the day, but passing a section means moving on to the next section on that day. I am asking about specifics on this so that if someone asks me about testing, I can be sure to give accurate information.

Yes.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I started my truck driving training at Crowder College in Neosho, MO on September 6 for CFI. There were 7 of us going through it. We were a day behind due to the Labor Day holiday. One of the guys in my class seemed like he did not know how to drive at all. So the instructors had to spend extra time with him and this did not allow us to get ample time behind the wheel doing the maneuvers we needed to do. After a week and a half, they finally released the guy and then things ramped up. As of this message, I am still at Crowder College.

I have taken my skills test twice, and both times I had an auditor with me the examiner. I have been told that the auditor was only there to rate the examiner and not the student. I quickly found out that this was not the case. On my last test was on a Thursday, and the auditor graded me as well as the examiner and said that I ran out of points doing a parallel park after I got the truck in the box. The examiner said that he did not have that many points for me, but since the auditor called it, we had to go with his grade. This caused me to fail the test and wait over the weekend to retake it.

Other than the auditor, the instructors at Crowder College are very knowledgeable and helpful. They want to see you succeed! However, pass or fail on Monday, my time at Crowder is done.

Hay, 22YoungUn;

Well, THAT Monday has come and gone; but the finish date of your schooling is just barely behind us.

Any updates, either way ?!??!confused.gif

Best in all you do; wish you success, good sir;

~ Anne ! ~

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

22Younggun's Comment
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UPDATE: As of 10/9, I passed my cdl test on the third try with only 2 points being deducted. Since then, I have driven 1 week with a finisher at CFI before I had to come home for a family emergency.

I do not know if I am going to be able to go back on the road for two weeks to finish my training.

Looking for a job where I can be home daily.

Thank you to everyone for the positive messages.

I started my truck driving training at Crowder College in Neosho, MO on September 6 for CFI. There were 7 of us going through it. We were a day behind due to the Labor Day holiday. One of the guys in my class seemed like he did not know how to drive at all. So the instructors had to spend extra time with him and this did not allow us to get ample time behind the wheel doing the maneuvers we needed to do. After a week and a half, they finally released the guy and then things ramped up. As of this message, I am still at Crowder College.

I have taken my skills test twice, and both times I had an auditor with me the examiner. I have been told that the auditor was only there to rate the examiner and not the student. I quickly found out that this was not the case. On my last test was on a Thursday, and the auditor graded me as well as the examiner and said that I ran out of points doing a parallel park after I got the truck in the box. The examiner said that he did not have that many points for me, but since the auditor called it, we had to go with his grade. This caused me to fail the test and wait over the weekend to retake it.

Other than the auditor, the instructors at Crowder College are very knowledgeable and helpful. They want to see you succeed! However, pass or fail on Monday, my time at Crowder is done.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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UPDATE: As of 10/9, I passed my cdl test on the third try with only 2 points being deducted. Since then, I have driven 1 week with a finisher at CFI before I had to come home for a family emergency.

I do not know if I am going to be able to go back on the road for two weeks to finish my training.

Looking for a job where I can be home daily.

Thank you to everyone for the positive messages.

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I started my truck driving training at Crowder College in Neosho, MO on September 6 for CFI. There were 7 of us going through it. We were a day behind due to the Labor Day holiday. One of the guys in my class seemed like he did not know how to drive at all. So the instructors had to spend extra time with him and this did not allow us to get ample time behind the wheel doing the maneuvers we needed to do. After a week and a half, they finally released the guy and then things ramped up. As of this message, I am still at Crowder College.

I have taken my skills test twice, and both times I had an auditor with me the examiner. I have been told that the auditor was only there to rate the examiner and not the student. I quickly found out that this was not the case. On my last test was on a Thursday, and the auditor graded me as well as the examiner and said that I ran out of points doing a parallel park after I got the truck in the box. The examiner said that he did not have that many points for me, but since the auditor called it, we had to go with his grade. This caused me to fail the test and wait over the weekend to retake it.

Other than the auditor, the instructors at Crowder College are very knowledgeable and helpful. They want to see you succeed! However, pass or fail on Monday, my time at Crowder is done.

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Huge CONGRATS on passing, good sir! Told ya ~!! dancing-dog.gif

Please keep us in the loop, and let us know what the future may hold for you; It sure would be in your best interest to stick it out, and address the necessity of home time ASAP. So much is changing within so many companies (trust me, we know...) that you might just SCORE a lane/route/gig, that could actually WORK for you! Doesn't hurt to ask/try, right?

Wish you well, what a ride (so FAR, even!) eh?

Best to you & yours, be safe; stop back,

~ 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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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