Roehl, July 20th!!

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Gary J.'s Comment
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Hey Folks. Just got the call from my recruiter at Roehl. I start CDL school July 20th in Marshfield WI!! Wanted to see if anyone else on this site is heading out that way too. It feels good to be accepted into their school and on a determined track!

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.
Gary J.'s Comment
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Matthew, go online now and apply at Roelhl, August is not that far away. I applied in mid May. After you apply, immediately call them and speak to a recruiter. I'm working with Dylan, he's a good guy. After my initial call it took him about three weeks to get back to me. I kept calling during that time and sending an email. They are pretty busy over there, since they changed the driver pay. When I applied I did not have my permit yet.

While you waiting here's a list of things to do:

1 - Keep doing TT High Road Program - you will pass the permit test if you study this.

2 - Get a passport. I went to the post office. It took about three weeks to get it in the mail. Passport Application

2 - Get your DOT physical. DOT Medical Examiner List

3 - Apply for Hazmat and TWIC. Copy and paste the link, I couldn't get the link to work. TSA - Hazmat Endorsement Threat Assessment Program http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/hazmat-endorsement-threat-assessment-program While your getting fingerprinted for Hazmat you might as well get fingerprinted for TWIC also. Since you would already be there. It will cost an extra $128.00. It takes a few weeks to get these back in the mail.

4 - Take your permit test (all endorsements). I failed passenger so I opted out of school bus too.

Hope I don't sound like I'm ordering you around. Sorry if I do. Hope the info above helps and keep me posted on your progress. See you in August. Look me up when you are there.

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

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

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.

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.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Good for you! Believe it or not, I got to meet Tim F. from TT when I went to school in Marshfield (we were in the same class but with different instructors), and I roomed with Sarah D. from TT while in orientation in Appleton. I have had the privilege to meet 5 or 6 folks from the site and it is wonderful when you finally get to put a face with a name! I hope you get to also!!!

Matthew H.'s Comment
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Wish I could say I was going but I'm still getting all my ducks in a row here. Lol. Probably won't start until at least some time in August

Good luck!

I've been considering Roehl for quite some time and it seems to be the best fit for me.

Let us know how it goes!

Matthew H.'s Comment
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Wish I could say I was going but I'm still getting all my ducks in a row here. Lol. Probably won't start until at least some time in August

Good luck!

I've been considering Roehl for quite some time and it seems to be the best fit for me.

Let us know how it goes!

I should've said "I'd like to start some time in August if everything works out" instead of the "won't start" as I haven't even applied yet since I'm still working on getting my permit and my DOT physical done

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Gary J.'s Comment
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Best Answer!

Matthew, go online now and apply at Roelhl, August is not that far away. I applied in mid May. After you apply, immediately call them and speak to a recruiter. I'm working with Dylan, he's a good guy. After my initial call it took him about three weeks to get back to me. I kept calling during that time and sending an email. They are pretty busy over there, since they changed the driver pay. When I applied I did not have my permit yet.

While you waiting here's a list of things to do:

1 - Keep doing TT High Road Program - you will pass the permit test if you study this.

2 - Get a passport. I went to the post office. It took about three weeks to get it in the mail. Passport Application

2 - Get your DOT physical. DOT Medical Examiner List

3 - Apply for Hazmat and TWIC. Copy and paste the link, I couldn't get the link to work. TSA - Hazmat Endorsement Threat Assessment Program http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/hazmat-endorsement-threat-assessment-program While your getting fingerprinted for Hazmat you might as well get fingerprinted for TWIC also. Since you would already be there. It will cost an extra $128.00. It takes a few weeks to get these back in the mail.

4 - Take your permit test (all endorsements). I failed passenger so I opted out of school bus too.

Hope I don't sound like I'm ordering you around. Sorry if I do. Hope the info above helps and keep me posted on your progress. See you in August. Look me up when you are there.

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

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

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.

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.

Matthew H.'s Comment
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Great advice! Not sounding like orders at all! I definitely need to get going. I will apply as soon as I'm off work tonight.

Since you've already been accepted, I did have one question. I saw that they pay you weekly during cdl training, is that true pay or is it a loan?

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.
Christine P.'s Comment
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I've been accepted too but I start july 6th referred by a current employee I chose 5 days on 34 to 58 off..while in school for the 8 days I will get paid 300 after the first week then the 2nd week I will be paid 300 plus however many $90 days I have with my trainer for the next 2 to 2 1/2 weeks on the road...I hope that helps about the pay

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gary J.'s Comment
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Since you've already been accepted, I did have one question. I saw that they pay you weekly during cdl training, is that true pay or is it a loan?

My understanding is that it is true pay. The verbal agreement, yes verbal... is 4 week Monday-Saturday CDL training which includes 3 meals daily, hotel, $500 paid weekly. I need to supply my own transportation to Marshfield Wisconsin and my food on Sundays.

The written agreement pay wise is, "Upon hire, you will earn $90/day Monday through Friday, and $50 for Saturday, for the On-The-Job training portion of the program. Phase 2, the Over-the-Road Training, will be performance based and last up to 15 days. You will be paid $90 a day for each full day you work with a trainer. (A full day of work is at least 6 hours of work.)"

This equals out to $500 per week also for Phase 1.

I didn't focus much on the pay side of things, I was more interested in being trained by a trustworthy company

Glad I could help. Need anything else just ask.

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.
Matthew H.'s Comment
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Thank you very much Gary! One of the main issues I've had is that I work full-time so a lot of the private schools in my area won't work due my company being very inflexible. I too have been looking for a trustworthy company but it helps that they pay while you're training for your CDL. That makes it a hundred times easier to go. Seems like Roehl is the exception when it comes to pay while training for the CDL.

Hoping to have all my ducks in a row soon!

Again, thanks for being helpful!

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.
Gary J.'s Comment
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Hey Matthew, keep in mind there are many other schools that offer paid CDL training too. Look under "Trucking Schools" on this site. It's a great start for your research.

Also, though I get paid while in CDL trading at Roehl, it is by no means free. I have a contract to fulfill of promising to run at least 120,000 miles for them. If I break that contract I owe Roehl $5,000 for the training.

Just a thought. Good luck.

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.
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