Starting Training On May 5th

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Chris M's Comment
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Hey guys how's it going with everyone? I've been lurking on here for a couple of weeks while researching starting my career into trucking. As of today I have been officially accepted into the training program with Central Refrigerated. I know the company sponsored route is not ideal for most people, but private schooling is just not an option for me right now. So with that being said, I was wondering who else has gone through the central program that could provide some insight into the program. Thanks for any advice and I do ask that if you only want to bash central I would appreciate if you could refrain from it. Thanks

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.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Hi Chris!

Congrats on starting your career. I actually start school myself this May 5th. Maybe we can keep tabs on each other smile.gif

You won't find anybody here that will bash a company. Most definitely not the regular contributors and veteran drivers on this forum. I can think of at least one person here that went to Central, hopefully he'll be able to give you some insight!

Brent B.'s Comment
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Hey Chris,

I went through Central Refrigerated Trucking School. Overall, it was very good. I have one recommendation. It is very fast paced, so if you are a person who likes to be thorough and take your time in learning new things, I would NOT recommend Central. If you are a fast learner, I wish you the very best and say, GO FOR IT!!!good-luck.gifgood-luck.gif

Scott B.'s Comment
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I dunno if Central requires it or not but you should get your CDL-a permit, known as an AP, before you start school. Everything you need to get it is right here on TruckingTruth's High Road Training Program. Once you have it, you can relax and try to soak in some of the info you will be getting at a very rapid pace in week 1 of school without the specter of an inevitable DMV test looming over you like some state sanctioned sword of Damocles.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Chris!

Yeah, we have some people here who have gone through Central Refrigerated's program so they'll be able to give you some insights.

We also have a ton of information on the company, including a review of their training program which includes the itinerary and all kinds of stuff.

I also used our search engine at the top of the page to find information about Central Refrigerated including numerous forum conversations about them and journals that people have written during their time in Central's training program.

But as Scott mentioned above, the most important thing you can do to give yourself the greatest chance of success with their program is to go through our High Road Online CDL Training Program. It's highly effective. It has the entire CDL manual built in so you will learn everything you need to pass your written CDL exams for your permit and all of your endorsements. It also has section on the Logbook Rules and Weight & Balance which is critical knowledge you'll need to do your job out there.

As long as you go in there well prepared from a knowledge standpoint and you have the proper attitude and expectations you'll do great.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Chris M's Comment
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Thanks for the replies guys! Bill that's awesome and yeah maybe we can kinda help each other through the process lol. Brett thanks for the input. Its great to hear from someone who has actually gone through it and not from someone whose brother's second cousin's best friend went lol. Thankfully I am a fast learner and I probably should have mentioned that I do already have my CDL-A permit. Brett, the high road training program is amazing! I plan on using it during my first week of training along with the material they provide me with to stay on my toes. I will be in Atlanta for the classroom portion of training and then Salt Lake city for the couple of weeks after that. The only thing I'm unsure of is whether we will be flown from there or a bus ticket. I'm very much expecting a bus ride but it doesn't hurt to hope haha. I have to say I am incredibly excited to start this journey. This is something I have wanted to do for years and I'm finally in a position with my life to go after it. I have full support from my wife and think this is gonna be a great time!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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