Celadon And Osborn Transportation CDL Refresher Course

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Charles C.'s Comment
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I was wondering if anyone knew about how the Celadon refresher course was? Its 2 to 5 days depending your skill level. I was thinking about attending. They seem like a good company and i have read the training forums a little. I know no company is perfect. I have been off the road for 5 years and im really wondering if a 2 to 5 day refresher course is enough? Any information on there refresher course or some other refresher courses would be appreciated. Than you guys.

Nicholas K.'s Comment
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I finished the refresher course about a little over a month ago. It's a joke in all honesty. You practice doing a 90 a few times and some street driving. About 3 hours behind the wheel for the 2 day and 5 hours for the 5 day. They have entirely way to many people in the classes. Ranging from 15-25. With one instructor for the 90 and one for the road. And you sign a year contract for the class 2 or 5 day both. Then you play the sit and wait game 2 day people will probably be there a total of a week and a half waiting to go out with a trainer and the 5 day people will be there a minimum of 2 and a half weeks. (From what I've seen.) They are like any other company linked to a school too many people to teach and train and not enough trucks or trainers to accomondate. The pay is the kicker 29cpm go the first year as a 2 day and 5 day. But through the 5 day persons training they are also required to drive 10,000 miles with a trainer at 18cpm only paid for what you drive. Average about 300-350 a week, if there are no issues. I'm OK with that part my issue was they do not pay layover pay or breakdown pay. Didn't get a load last week and broken down this week still waiting on parts. I likely won't get paid for 2 weeks due to this. I only need 2 weeks to complete training, but I am considering going to another company that has taken into account my time with celadon and will only have me training another 2 weeks. I'm not a company basher by far, but celadon has grown to fast to contain it's issues and has not yet caught up. If you come in not needing a refresher you should be ok, but I can not speak from experience on that. Also make sure to double check your pick up and delivery times with the shipper/receiver it will save you a headache or 2. And if you have issues only talk with weekday shift DMs they are the only ones that seem consistent. Celdon seems like a good company just has a lot of growing pains, and doesn't value their trainees enough to feed them.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dennis M.'s Comment
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Thanks for the review , I was looking for a refresher course at this company or kllm. I heard that Prime doesn't have athank-you.gifthank-you.gif truck for you unless you lease one, I'm still researching.

Tater's Comment
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Thanks for the review , I was looking for a refresher course at this company or kllm. I heard that Prime doesn't have athank-you.gifthank-you.gif truck for you unless you lease one, I'm still researching.

Check out Knight Transportation, they have a refresher course. I just went through orientation with 5 guys who were in it. They will all get a trainer for a min of 4 weeks and more if they need it. They make $400/week flat rate while in training no matter the miles or breakdowns etc. Then you will be issued your own truck and can choose between dry van or refer. Not sure where you live but here is the info for a great recruiter in Ohio.

Jackie Fondriest Knight Transportation Columbus, OH Recruiter Phone: (614)-308-4958 jaclyn.fondriest@knighttrans.com

Hope this helps!!

Tater

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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.

Dennis M.'s Comment
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Thanks, I'll look into it. There are so many companies with bad reviews, but I need to get out there like Brett said and talk to them face to face.

Chris F.'s Comment
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I am scheduled to do the refresher, and up to this point my recruiter has been very fast about information as well as very quick in replying to emails. Knight Transportation has had a good repor with drivers for a while now. More to come after the course.

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