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Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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The first week of training with Central is finished! We started with 11 people and finished with 4. Two people quit and the rest were sent home for various reasons. However I am one of the 4!!!! YAY! The next phase will be driving, so excited! I will keep you posted as I can. Keep you prayers coming for me!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's awesome!

People really drop like flies from those Company-Sponsored Training Programs that's for sure!

I know the various reasons why people tend to get sent home, but quitting the first week? What's up with that???wtf-2.gif

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Keith J.'s Comment
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Congratulations Kathy.

I'm curious, what are the usual reasons that people get sent home?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'm curious, what are the usual reasons that people get sent home?

1) Lying on their application

2) Failing the physical

3) Failing the drug test

4) Failing to bring the proper paperwork

5) Not catching on quickly enough to the study materials or driving skills

6) A small number will either have an awful attitude or are clearly not cut out for trucking

7) Breaking company policies - being late too many times, drinking after hours (not permitted by most companies during training), not following directions and causing a safety issue, etc.

There are a few others I'm sure but that covers the majority of cases.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Best of luck to ya Special K! One hurdle cleared - now on to new challenges. Keep your head up, I'm confident you can do this! Thanks for updating us, we love to hear about everyone's successes.

Troubador222's Comment
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Congrats Special K. Yeah our class at school had 18 people. To my knowledge there are 3 of us left after 3 months. 9 of us graduated from the school and were hired. Now 3 left. I know at least 2 of the 9 had better job offers driving locally near home. Dont know the reason the others left.

Are you going to CR England? We just picked up a relay load from their yard. CRST uses their drop yard at their terminal in Salt Lake and I have also picked up a relay from their yard in Denver.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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Congrats Special K. Yeah our class at school had 18 people. To my knowledge there are 3 of us left after 3 months. 9 of us graduated from the school and were hired. Now 3 left. I know at least 2 of the 9 had better job offers driving locally near home. Dont know the reason the others left.

Are you going to CR England? We just picked up a relay load from their yard. CRST uses their drop yard at their terminal in Salt Lake and I have also picked up a relay from their yard in Denver.

No not cr England but Central Refrigerated on my way as we speak lol

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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If they happen to route me to West Valley ill be sure to say hi!

James925's Comment
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Good luck out there! My training class started out with 20 people I believe, when it was all said and done, there were three of us. I spent a lot of time at the Salt Lake terminal , thats where I got my truck and took the final test. Driving was a breeze, backing up, not so much! I hope they didn't stick you in one of the "holding cells", hopefully they put you in the Sheraton. I do remember the grill they had there had some decent food, and the burrito truck that came there had some screaming carne asada burritos! And definitely watch out for some of the "building 2" people.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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