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Irving2Manziel's Comment
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Has anyone gone thru there cdl school ??

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.
Richard V.'s Comment
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Has anyone gone thru there cdl school ??

Im going through it right now, not too bad just a bunch of idiots wasting their time playing games and acting like high schoolers i stick to a core group of determined and focused guys and gals that are there to start a new career. So far its really nice. after friday we do our OTR training and backing training. after a total of 4 weeks i go for 6 weeks with a trainer then off to team drive for my 240k mile commitment. and before someone goes nuts the 240k miles is total between you and your partner driving. so figure 120k miles and your commitments 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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Cactus Mo~'s Comment
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I was there at the beginning of the school. Back then it was a bit disorganized hence the reason I came home I was waiting and waiting to test and that never seemed like it was going to happen I hear they have cleaned it up a bit not sure but maybe someone can clarify I was approved to go back however not sure about hiring area at this time as I have moved also there was no team requirement at that time so if anyone can clarify the time required that would be great

Tracy Allen Henderson's Comment
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I start trucking school with Celadon July 28th. Excited, yet apprehensive as well. Can someone that has already been there give me some pointers

Matthew V.'s Comment
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I start trucking school with Celadon July 28th. Excited, yet apprehensive as well. Can someone that has already been there give me some pointers

I am currently in the Celadon school, just passed my CDL state test last Tuesday, and I will be taking my Celadon test tomorrow, and orientation on Monday. I have been here for just over 7 weeks, BUT I was a week or so behind because it took me 5 tries to pass my combination test at the DMV. After that, I was able to make it through the practice area at a good pace, but they did get a little backed up, because they didn't have a new class come in on the Monday after Memorial Day weekend, as they were closed, and they brought in 2 classes the following Monday instead of one, to make up. It's starting to clear out now, since there were a lot of passers within the last 2 weeks.

Here's a list of what I believe are the pros and cons, and I will break it down in categories:

Instructors:

Pros: Friendly and helpful All ex semi drivers They're understanding if you've never driven a manual They will break down everything you will need to do to pass your tests They will run you through the exact same test course you will go through on your driving portion of your state test.

Cons: There are only 3 main backing maneuver ranges for starting people, and 2 extra ranges for people practicing for their test. They could use a few more instructors They don't really go through your outside pretrip with you, you're left to study that on your own, but other students are very helpful in that area.

Facility:

Pros: You get your own dorm room, and if they don't have a room, they will put you in a hotel at no cost to you. Plenty of bathrooms and showers, so there's never a wait for them Full basketball court, gym, racket ball, and cycles if you like to keep active. All doors are electronically locked, and there are security personnel that are always available, 24/7

Cons: Speaking for the men's bathroom, there is a large problem with other male students peeing on the seats, and sometimes leaving the sink a mess with hair shavings. The elevator does stop working from time to time The food isn't always the best, and it does get kind of repetitive after a while. The facility isn't in the nicest of areas, and you're urged not to walk off the property after dark, or if you need to, go with a group. The internet is restricted, no streaming of any kind.

Would I do this again with everything I know now? Yes. Even with the cons, the school is worth it.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tracy Allen Henderson's Comment
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thank you for your honesty, i took a local CDL course, and they were hurried, and I missed my CDL by one lousy point. I am so glad they take the time, and from what you tell me, they want you to succeed. Again thank you

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I start trucking school with Celadon July 28th. Excited, yet apprehensive as well. Can someone that has already been there give me some pointers

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I am currently in the Celadon school, just passed my CDL state test last Tuesday, and I will be taking my Celadon test tomorrow, and orientation on Monday. I have been here for just over 7 weeks, BUT I was a week or so behind because it took me 5 tries to pass my combination test at the DMV. After that, I was able to make it through the practice area at a good pace, but they did get a little backed up, because they didn't have a new class come in on the Monday after Memorial Day weekend, as they were closed, and they brought in 2 classes the following Monday instead of one, to make up. It's starting to clear out now, since there were a lot of passers within the last 2 weeks.

Here's a list of what I believe are the pros and cons, and I will break it down in categories:

Instructors:

Pros: Friendly and helpful All ex semi drivers They're understanding if you've never driven a manual They will break down everything you will need to do to pass your tests They will run you through the exact same test course you will go through on your driving portion of your state test.

Cons: There are only 3 main backing maneuver ranges for starting people, and 2 extra ranges for people practicing for their test. They could use a few more instructors They don't really go through your outside pretrip with you, you're left to study that on your own, but other students are very helpful in that area.

Facility:

Pros: You get your own dorm room, and if they don't have a room, they will put you in a hotel at no cost to you. Plenty of bathrooms and showers, so there's never a wait for them Full basketball court, gym, racket ball, and cycles if you like to keep active. All doors are electronically locked, and there are security personnel that are always available, 24/7

Cons: Speaking for the men's bathroom, there is a large problem with other male students peeing on the seats, and sometimes leaving the sink a mess with hair shavings. The elevator does stop working from time to time The food isn't always the best, and it does get kind of repetitive after a while. The facility isn't in the nicest of areas, and you're urged not to walk off the property after dark, or if you need to, go with a group. The internet is restricted, no streaming of any kind.

Would I do this again with everything I know now? Yes. Even with the cons, the school is worth it.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

JerryFromGA's Comment
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Has anyone gone thru there cdl school ??

I am going through it right now. Honestly put, it seems these guys are throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks. The prep for your permit test is pretty good and they do pay for everything. The downside though is, since they have way too many people here, it is hard to practice on the range and get drive time. It is very disorganized. If you stay in the hotel, they shuttle you out there, whenever the driver from the hotel is ready. His name is Rob and is very unprofessional. He was cursing everyone out the other day and said he wished Celadon would not use their hotel. A lot of the students here are straight out of the hood and act that way. Lots of clowning around and not taking this course serious. I live by I finish what I start, but I find myself at times regretting my choice to come here vs another school.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

JerryFromGA's Comment
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I start trucking school with Celadon July 28th. Excited, yet apprehensive as well. Can someone that has already been there give me some pointers

Yeah, be ready to sit around for a while.

Tracy Allen Henderson's Comment
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what was the physical like? I am kind of worried about what to expect

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I start trucking school with Celadon July 28th. Excited, yet apprehensive as well. Can someone that has already been there give me some pointers

double-quotes-end.png

I am currently in the Celadon school, just passed my CDL state test last Tuesday, and I will be taking my Celadon test tomorrow, and orientation on Monday. I have been here for just over 7 weeks, BUT I was a week or so behind because it took me 5 tries to pass my combination test at the DMV. After that, I was able to make it through the practice area at a good pace, but they did get a little backed up, because they didn't have a new class come in on the Monday after Memorial Day weekend, as they were closed, and they brought in 2 classes the following Monday instead of one, to make up. It's starting to clear out now, since there were a lot of passers within the last 2 weeks.

Here's a list of what I believe are the pros and cons, and I will break it down in categories:

Instructors:

Pros: Friendly and helpful All ex semi drivers They're understanding if you've never driven a manual They will break down everything you will need to do to pass your tests They will run you through the exact same test course you will go through on your driving portion of your state test.

Cons: There are only 3 main backing maneuver ranges for starting people, and 2 extra ranges for people practicing for their test. They could use a few more instructors They don't really go through your outside pretrip with you, you're left to study that on your own, but other students are very helpful in that area.

Facility:

Pros: You get your own dorm room, and if they don't have a room, they will put you in a hotel at no cost to you. Plenty of bathrooms and showers, so there's never a wait for them Full basketball court, gym, racket ball, and cycles if you like to keep active. All doors are electronically locked, and there are security personnel that are always available, 24/7

Cons: Speaking for the men's bathroom, there is a large problem with other male students peeing on the seats, and sometimes leaving the sink a mess with hair shavings. The elevator does stop working from time to time The food isn't always the best, and it does get kind of repetitive after a while. The facility isn't in the nicest of areas, and you're urged not to walk off the property after dark, or if you need to, go with a group. The internet is restricted, no streaming of any kind.

Would I do this again with everything I know now? Yes. Even with the cons, the school is worth it.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tracy Allen Henderson's Comment
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I live in Illinois, and I am leaving for Celadon in 5 weeks. They said I will have a non resident CDL. She said I have 90 days to switch it to Ilinois. How will this happen? Seriously thinking of moving to Indiana

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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