Where To Get Company Training

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Deb K.'s Comment
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Hello All, I've been reading through this site and seriously considering becoming a trucker. Not sure the steps to take - do I do application here at this site that is accessed by all the companies first? Or after reading through all the different companies, do I apply to the one(s) I think will be a fit. Also, I'm from California - should I apply to a company that is either in California or has offices here? I'm on unemployment at present, and money is super tight - that is reason for wanting to go with company training. I'm a 62 yr female. Healthy, and believe I could do this work. At first wondered if my age or gender would limit me, but posts here in the forum eased that concern. Now, just need to figure what/how to do next. Actually when I first started reading this site, I wasn't as confused on how to proceed. But some of the posts, such as being denied by a truck company, made me realize getting a trucking job isn't exactly a sure thing. So, any info is helpful. Hopefully , see you on the road soon. Deb

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Hi Deb and welcome! If you are currently receiving unemployment benefits I would talk to someone at your unemployment office and inquire about WIA benefits. In the state of Ohio anyone receiving unemployment benefits qualifies for benefits (money) for training regardless of the family income. Those benefits can be used to pay for a technical or private school for training. They will make you jump through a lot of hoops but it may be worth it. I am currently attending Roehl Transport's driver training school because I didn't have the money for the local technical school and couldn't qualify for WIA funds. Sometimes a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do, ya know? smile.gif Best of luck to you!


Hours Of Service

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Old School's Comment
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Deb, most of these trucking companies web sites will show their hiring area. As long as they are hiring from California you should be fine. I've never lived in the same state or any where near the companies I've worked for.

You can find a decent list of companies that offer Company-Sponsored Training by following that link. Do some research and see if some of them will be a fit for you and then give a recruiter a call or just fill out an application on line. You can do this at Apply For Truck Driving Jobs or you can do them individually if you prefer.


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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