What Company To Choose For Paid Cdl Training

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Christopher Y.'s Comment
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Theres is so many factors with money during training cost of school cpm after training training pay. I am just so lost if anyone has been through any of the company schools crst, cr England prime, knight, Schneider if you could give some feedback on training and maybe a little bit about salary expected first year home time anything that could help Id greatly appreciate the help!!!!

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Christopher Y.'s Comment
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I just don't want to get stuck in a crappy paying job and be stuck there for a year or 8 months since I have seen a lot of crying about each of these companies about their driving programs and pay rate after

Christopher Y.'s Comment
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For a little insite on what I want out of the program. well wants my contract is up its simple with a family of 5 in western pa what I'm looking for when I get done is to have a dedicated route where i'm home every day or every other being able to feed my family.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Unless your extremely luck, don't count on it, you will need to go OTR for at least 6 months to a year before you could find a local job like your wanting. Problem is in your area ,PA, there are a lots of local jobs there and about twice that many drivers trying to get the same jobs.

Most local driving jobs are 5 to 6 days a week and 12 to 15 hours per day. Local jobs running less than 150 miles from home base do not run log books.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Christopher. Welcome aboard!

Ok, before we get into too many details, we need to make sure you have the core information you'll need to understand how these Company-Sponsored CDL Training Programs work and how they compare with each other. So take a look at our information on each of the programs. Each one has like 4 or 5 pages of information:

Company-Sponsored Training Programs

Now you may indeed have to go OTR for at least 6 months before finding something local, regional , or dedicated to get you home more often. If you were to go through a private school and had your choice of companies you might be able to find something right off the bat. But most of the company-sponsored training programs are for over-the-road positions.

Now Knight Transportation hires nationwide but on a limited basis. They hire depending on their current needs so it varies all the time. But they have some amazing home time packages and they're well worth looking into.

Also, when comparing companies, the dry van companies will have way more local, regional, and dedicated opportunities than refrigerated carriers will. So I would focus a little more on those in the beginning.

As far as salary, expect about $32k-$35k your first year, about $40k your second year, and it will top out about $50k-$55k somewhere between years 3 and 5. Those are good averages, but obviously there are a lot of variables involved.

And as far as the garbage you read around the Web about these various companies - please try to ignore all of that. It's useless. There's no way to know who these people are or determine whether anything they're saying is true or not. But I can tell you for a fact that 95% of the success and happiness you'll find in the trucking industry will depend on your work ethic, attitude, safety, and reliability. So the people you hear crying the blues about these companies that are scamming people and taking advantage of people - you can be 95% certain that they screwed it up for themselves and now they're embarrassed and looking for someone to blame. Ignore it. Find a company that seems to suit you best and go in there with an awesome attitude. You can do great at any trucking company if you handle yourself like a true professional.

Lastly, make sure you read through our Trucker's Career Guide. It's loaded with fantastic information about getting your trucking career off to a great start.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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.
Christopher Y.'s Comment
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Thanks i have all the companies on here charted together school cost training pay startin pay home time yada yada 8 months is the shortest contract i have found but training and starting pay is way below the other companies will any companies change the obligation time if asked??

Britton R.'s Comment
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Thanks i have all the companies on here charted together school cost training pay startin pay home time yada yada 8 months is the shortest contract i have found but training and starting pay is way below the other companies will any companies change the obligation time if asked??

You may be able to change length of time but you will probably have to put down a deposit up front. Or maybe if you agreed to pay more back per check than what they ask. You probably would have to talk to each of the companies and ask. Probably get it in writing too in case the recruiters b.s. you.

Christopher Y.'s Comment
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Yes already thought of having contract in hand beforevi hop on a bus to iowa or farther just to getvroped into a b.s. contract and be stuck for however long.

Christopher Y.'s Comment
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Thinking throwing some money in and trying to negotiate a couple things on the contract with millis might be the fit. throw some money get a 6-8 month deal although i may miss year 1k bonus and try to get 2 home for 7 out its 1.5 now so not to big of a stretch and try to get a dedicated route off them. like their start pay like their incentives and bonuses plus taining is one state over. think i mightve found my fit.wish me luck in my negotiations lol if not theres always mct or knight.

anybody work for them or have any insite with perdiem vs none and practical route verse the other? guessing like anything else tthres alot of people with different opinions someones always gonna cry thinking the one way rips you off or theyre just set in their ways. so in other words was kinda just looking for facts or somebody who has tried both and has a good comparison on all of it not just somebodys set in their ways comment lol

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Christopher Y.'s Comment
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Also ive found little info about endorsments received from eaxh of the companies whats normal hazmat and tanker??

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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