Free Training for your CDL

Apr 10, 2007 Full story: 222
Free Training: Here is what really happens: Companies need drivers because there is so much demand for freight in the American economy. The more drivers a company has, the more freight they move. Some companies that need a lot of drivers have decided to start training drivers to meet this need. To get a lot of people to go into the training, some companies claim that the training is free. They tell you it will cost you little or no money. But then they tell you to sign an agreement with a lot of fine print (sometimes you won't see this agreement until after you have quit your job or have traveled to the training location -- so your stuck!). The agreement usually has two important catches: (1) that you have to work for the company for some period after training and (2) that if you leave early you owe the company for the costs of training. These agreements can require one or two years of work with the company before you can take another job. That is a huge part of your life to in debt to one company. Many times the company will also try to make you pay for the training by either taking back part of your pay every week or by providing a reduced pay scale until you have paid them back for training. Either way, it's not free. Full Story

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#21 Sep 11, 2007
If they have you filling out loan papers, it sure sounds like you will be liable for the money if Werner doe not hire you. and you better read the contract well because if werner does hire you and you quit or get fired before any contract is up, you will be paying that "loan money" back.
BHouse wrote:
I am happy I came across this site today...!!! I am suppose to start my CDL training in a week with TDI Channahon, IL. They place graduates with Werner... The recruiter has asked me to fill loan papers for the cost of the training... My first impression was of suspicious. I know nothing is free, but still I find this suspect. Am I wrong...?
BHouse

United States

#22 Sep 14, 2007
Long Haul Driver wrote:
If they have you filling out loan papers, it sure sounds like you will be liable for the money if Werner doe not hire you. and you better read the contract well because if werner does hire you and you quit or get fired before any contract is up, you will be paying that "loan money" back.
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The recruiter sent me an application from Werner to fill out. He told that he will submit to Werner and if they approve me then he will send me a "Pre-Hire" letter. I verified with Werner that this was a legitimate school as well.

I have another question... Where can I find information on trucking companies that hire felons. A friend of mine is also interesed in getting his CDL. His conviction is from 1999 for residential burglary. He has not been any trouble since, but is having a hard time find employment here in Chicago. Most of the larger companies have turned him... Thanx for your reply...

“Yes, that's a puppy on my neck”

Since: Sep 07

deville, la

#23 Sep 16, 2007
I agree. The best thing to do is pay for the cdl training yourself, that way if a company does you wrong, you just find another one. Then you don't owe them anything.

“Yes, that's a puppy on my neck”

Since: Sep 07

deville, la

#24 Sep 16, 2007
BHouse wrote:
<quoted text>
The recruiter sent me an application from Werner to fill out. He told that he will submit to Werner and if they approve me then he will send me a "Pre-Hire" letter. I verified with Werner that this was a legitimate school as well.
I have another question... Where can I find information on trucking companies that hire felons. A friend of mine is also interesed in getting his CDL. His conviction is from 1999 for residential burglary. He has not been any trouble since, but is having a hard time find employment here in Chicago. Most of the larger companies have turned him... Thanx for your reply...
THis site tells you which ones consider felonies.
http://www.everytruckjob.com/
WNC Drivingcouple

United States

#25 Sep 17, 2007
Ok- I understand training isn't free, but comes with fine print and red tape. My question is, as a couple,(he has TN CDL Class B and perfect record, I have only 35 years experience driving + perfect record)what would be the best way to quickly break into Professional Team driving?

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#26 Sep 17, 2007
Contact Fedex and see if they are still doing school for hire if they are most of thier long haul trucks class A are team operations. they have an expedited devision which is mostly class B trucks. they used to and still may do lease to own. or buy your own and match it to thier specs. and then you can lease on as an O/O.
HoosierAce

Mishawaka, IN

#27 Sep 20, 2007
Check with your State Employment Agency. Many should offer a couple of programs that pay for training to get your CDL. One Program is available through their Displacement Workers Program. Veterans should also be able to qualify. Some states also have special programs for offenders that will pay for their training as well.

Also check with local truck driving Schools to see if there is any State Aid Programs available. You will never know whats available until you ask.

Good Luck
HoosierAce

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#28 Sep 20, 2007
the last place anyone should go to is a local truck driving school to find financial aid. most schools are fly by night companies that disappear as quick as they start. also they are going to tell you about the programs that will benefit them finacially not the ones that will be best for your wallet. most trucking schools will tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to sign on the dotted line. check state and even federal programs first and then shop schools and read the fine print very carefully.
HoosierAce

Mishawaka, IN

#29 Sep 20, 2007
Thats kind of funny you should say that... Because the two in my area have been around for over 5 years, and are the ones who gave me infomation about funding being available for training through IN WorkOne. CDI was already under contract with our area IN WorkOne office and PDI was willing to underbid plus include lodging if needed to get the account.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#30 Sep 20, 2007
funny I say that
Chesterfield VA: same trucking school three owners in 4 years.
Hampton,VA: three schools in 5 years all are closed.
Roanoke,VA: 2 schools opened and closed in the last 5 years.
Alexandria,VA: 2 schools in the last 4 years. I can go on and on just in VA just taking a guess I would say 75% of all trucking schools last 2 years or less.
HoosierAce

Mishawaka, IN

#31 Sep 20, 2007
I can only go by what my experience has been here in my area... I'm sure if I checked in the VA area, that state would offer some of the same programs providing funding for training to get your CDL as IN has available. And 9 times out of ten that training will be provided by a local truck driving School within that area.
WNC Drivingcouple

San Francisco, CA

#32 Sep 27, 2007
Are you familiar with Expedite Solutions out of Indianapolis, IN? If so, do you recommend them? Why? or not, Why?

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#33 Sep 27, 2007
Expedite Solutions was established in 1999 and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Expedite Solutions supplies drivers and trucks to the ground expedite industry. Expedite Solutions recruits and trains independent contract drivers from all over the eastern half of the country. they are a school that helps you learn the buisness side as well as the trucking side of running Expedited freight. the only question I have is what are the purchase prices of thier presetup trucks? and what are the payment terms? they help teach you all the basics but I would ask what the success rate of thier students are. the companies they partner with "Panther 2" and "Express 1" both have great reputations on treating thier teams good. but I would still want to know on the success rate of teams and length of contract payment. after all not only are you paying for truck training and buisness school you are also paying for a $100,000 truck. then there are other things to consider such as fuel cards, work accident insurance, computer hardware and software, truck insurance, truck payments, and making sure settlements are paid on time. late paid settlements means bills are going to be paid late.
navajo express

United States

#34 Sep 27, 2007
mike wrote:
what about england trucking?
anyone have any input on them.
i was thinking about them.
thanks.
please dont go there i been out here for 8 years i worked for them for about a month they put me 18,000 in debt
Chuck

Perris, CA

#35 Sep 30, 2007
mike wrote:
what about england trucking?
anyone have any input on them.
i was thinking about them.
thanks.
Stay Away From CR England. Bad News..
300% turn over each year. This includes the Trainers & School Personnel.
dann

Louisville, KY

#36 Oct 5, 2007
HAW CAN I get cdl free in champaign il

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#37 Oct 5, 2007
Go find a bottle with a genie in it, rub the bottle. and poof you have a free CDL.
mike

Union, MO

#38 Oct 21, 2007
i got a cdl from training but i have no OTR training,how do i get the training?

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#39 Oct 21, 2007
Go with a small company and run local awhile first. get some real driving experience running city streets then after a couple years then try otr.
bronxrican

New Port Richey, FL

#40 Nov 6, 2007
i have a cdl class i obtained with the help of a friend of mine who taught me to drive a tractor trailor then i went to dmv and passed my road test. i have not been able to get a job yet because of no schooling. i would like to know if you know of any companies that would hire me w/o truck schooling?

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