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Cindy B.'s Comment
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alright ladies and gentlemen, have been studying my book, planned to take cdl written tuesday, been on the site to take practice tests and not doing horrible on them, sent in apps to cr england and prime, cr england recruiter doesnt respond to my calls, butttt I called prime yesterday and they said because I had been fired from my last job I cant go to them until I have a work history of 1 year solid. I am a nurse, there were extenuating circumstances and the claims getting me fired were unsubstantiated and that is all cleared up but prime didnt want to hear it. soooooo does anyone know of a company that does there own training for me to get my cdl that doesnt have an issue with the firing or am I basically tough out of luck for a year? :( also how long is the written test good for if I take it tuesday and pass?

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.
Ozzy's Comment
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If you take the written test and pass you will get your DCL permit for one year. As far as different companies this site is great for research. If you go under Main and click on Trucking companies hiring, it will give detailed info on trucking companies and what they are offering.

Do not give up, just keep doing research and calling all of the major trucking companies. Just because one company turned you down does not mean that the next will have a problem with you.

Britton R.'s Comment
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In Missouri the written test is good for 6 months. It may vary by state. There is a section on the site that says what companies have sponsored training. Off hand I can think of Swift, driver solutions, central refridgerated, and maybe schnieder. Hopefully it all works out for you.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Take a look at our information on Company-Sponsored Training Programs. Prime has a few unique rules which most companies don't have. They also won't hire anyone that has been unemployed for more than a year, at least that was last I heard.

But I would just apply to all of the companies on that page and get a dialogue going with em. But getting fired from your last job isn't going to be a huge issue with most trucking companies as long as the circumstances aren't too serious, especially since it wasn't in the trucking industry to begin with.

Also, I wouldn't take the permit exam just yet. I would wait until you're sure about where and when you're going to attend school because the permit is only good for a limited amount of time. That varies from state to state so you would have to look up the specifics for your state. But there's no reason to get it just yet if you're not already signed up for 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.

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