GOT MY CDL PERMIT 😊

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Eden M.'s Comment
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Soooo happy and relieved I passed my CDL exam definitely was much more prepared and confident when I went to take it. Thanks to those of you who gave me advice... Now my question is I have 2 options should I go thru company paid training or go to trucking school which then opens my options plus I work for walmart and I can always find a job thru them. So if you don't mind giving me your input I would so appreciate it. Thanks in advance!!!!

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.
Silverbolt's Comment
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Congrats on the permit!

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Soooo happy and relieved I passed my CDL exam definitely was much more prepared and confident when I went to take it. Thanks to those of you who gave me advice... Now my question is I have 2 options should I go thru company paid training or go to trucking school which then opens my options plus I work for walmart and I can always find a job thru them. So if you don't mind giving me your input I would so appreciate it. Thanks in advance!!!!

As you know Walmart has a 3 interview hiring process. The same goes for their drivers in their private fleet. They have just about the toughest driver hiring practice out of all the companies out here......the Walmart truck driver wreck not withstanding.

You pretty much have to have a flawless driving recorder to get on to the Walmart truck fleet side of Walmart. And that includes having logged safe driving miles in a big truck which you have not done yet.

You can try Walmart but I would not get your hopes to high having absolutely zero driving experience. Not saying that's bad. Just saying you are an unknown quantity with no track recorder and in light of the recent hot seat Walmart has been placed in i would say they will be very careful in hiring drivers fresh out of 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Eden!

I attended a private school, but I always encourage people to consider the Company-Sponsored Training programs. For starters, it doesn't empty out your bank account, and you're guaranteed a job after you're done with your training. There are advantages to going either way, but a lot of the reasons for deciding one way or the other will be based on your own personal situation. For some good advice and information about making an informed decision do some reading on How To Choose A School.

The company sponsored training programs will be faster paced, and they are not going to spend a lot of extra time with you if you are struggling to catch on, but they will work with you to a certain degree if you are showing a willingness to learn, and a great attitude at accepting their instruction. Most of the private schools will be willing to put in some extra time with you if you need it, but they will also have their limits. Remember that the truck driving school's main objective is to get you to the point where you can pass the skills and knowledge test so that you can get your license. They do not make you into a truck driver. Once you've gotten that license and then get hired by some company that hires rookies, then you will go through a training period with your employer that is designed to get you to the point where you can be turned loose all by yourself in one of those big old trucks. Then you will be starting an exciting year of the steepest learning curve in the process of becoming a truck driver that you have encountered yet.

My advice to anyone thinking of going the private school route is to make sure that they have a job placement department or person on staff. Some of them even offer lifetime job placement assistance. This can be a real help for newbies that don't quite understand all the ins and outs of how to land a trucking job, plus they will be familiar with certain companies who are really needing drivers, and they will already have an established relationship with some companies that like to hire from their 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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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