What's The Best Sponsored CDL Drivng Program In Florida?

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Ben B.'s Comment
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I live in Holiday Fl 34691 and I am wondering what is my best choice for CDL school with a guaranteed job?

I appreciate any advice.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Ben, unfortunately you live in a tough area for hiring, as I assume you have already discovered. The problem in Florida is that there is not a large volume of freight coming out of the state, so it makes it difficult for companies to get their drivers home and then have something for them to pull back out of there.

We have some great information at your fingertips on Company-Sponsored Training programs. Follow that link and do some research in there. See if you can find anyone that shows your area on their hiring area map. You may have to go to some of the companies listed web sites to find that map. We also have an area where you can enter your zip code and find trucking company jobs that are hiring from your zip code. I think you will find that if you follow the Truck Driving Jobs link.

I don't know for sure, but I think maybe Prime, and or Knight could be hiring in your area. Knight has a program called Squire, but it is sometimes harder to get in with them footing the bill than it is at Prime. Take a look at anyone you can find that hires from your area, but be aware that you might be limited. I'm thinking that Knight had a program going not too long ago where they were hiring drivers from down in that area, but they would fly them in and out for home time - this may have been for experienced drivers only - I just don't recall.

Don't despair, you can probably find something, but you will have to be diligent in your search. I know we have had several people in here from Florida who had a little trouble, but finally managed to get it done.

Oh, I just remembered, one of our members got on with CRST from down in your area. You are going to end up in a team driving situation in that scenario, and I don't know if that would suit you or not. Teaming has it's own set of challenges, but if you had a friend or a spouse who was willing to try it with you then it might be worth considering. Best of luck to ya man, and keep us posted on how it's going.

By the way I forgot to say welcome to the forum! Don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you need - we may not have all the answers, but we will give it our best shot.

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.

Ynkedad's Comment
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Hey Ben,

I've been on the internet for weeks now researching CDL School's in FL. as well as for companies who hire in Fl. I think the best advise I can give you is to google "Roadmaster" trucking School. http://www.roadmaster.com/get_hired.php <<---Maybe this link will work for ya.

I believe they have three Schools in this State, as well as a bunch throughout the US.

Anyway, Roadmaster has a list of 11 Trucking companies they work with, and a number of them hire peep's from Fl. Although some may only hire from FL from time to time (on an as needed basis,) You'll be able to click on the name of each School to get the skinny on them.

FYI, There are only three Schools that I can find, that are still operating here; SAGE, Roadmaster and Northern (I believe.)

Best of luck to ya!!!

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.
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