Free Training for your CDL

Apr 10, 2007 | Posted by: DavidM

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.

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Big Fat SC

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Jun 3, 2008
 
Hello I am trying to get on a companies to hire me on I have a CDL A permit
Big Fat SC

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Jun 3, 2008
 
I have a job but Iam trying to go 2
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#86
Jun 3, 2008
 
Don't waste your money on trucking schools right now, the industry is in a major down turn.. find an easier less stressful job.
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#87
Jun 5, 2008
 
Hello & thanks for all the info. I had a CDL B w/every endorsement in the 90s and have kicked myself every day for letting it lapse. What is the best way to get a small company to help me get it back, other than showing up w/driver record from Maryland in hand?(No tickets/accidents/anything criminal, thank God.)
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Jun 6, 2008
 

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My fiance and I are considering team driving. Neither of us have experience or training. There are a couple of companies that are offering free training, I have learned from reading your comments on here, that is a farse. So I need to read the fine print. I get that part. We have clean backgrounds and clean driving records, but my credit stinks from a bad divorce. I'm looking at one company, and wanted to see if you had any input on it, Con-Way. I read on here to stay away from the other one which is CR England. Is this a nieve idea to do something like this. It seems perfect for us since we love to be on the open road and have nothing keeping us at home, but I don't wanna loose what is left of my behind either. Any other companies you would suggest?

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Jun 6, 2008
 
ELG3 wrote:
Hello & thanks for all the info. I had a CDL B w/every endorsement in the 90s and have kicked myself every day for letting it lapse. What is the best way to get a small company to help me get it back, other than showing up w/driver record from Maryland in hand?(No tickets/accidents/anything criminal, thank God.)
I would say the easiest way would be not do it. but if your going to get your class B back. Use a small moving company to do it. get a job working in their warehouse or as a helper and use the company to get your CDL back. 3 or 4 months you should be able to get your class B..

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sherona wrote:
My fiance and I are considering team driving. Neither of us have experience or training. There are a couple of companies that are offering free training, I have learned from reading your comments on here, that is a farse. So I need to read the fine print. I get that part. We have clean backgrounds and clean driving records, but my credit stinks from a bad divorce. I'm looking at one company, and wanted to see if you had any input on it, Con-Way. I read on here to stay away from the other one which is CR England. Is this a nieve idea to do something like this. It seems perfect for us since we love to be on the open road and have nothing keeping us at home, but I don't wanna loose what is left of my behind either. Any other companies you would suggest?
AAAAaaaahhhhhh yes the love the open road, that was the reason I got into trucking. be your own boss manage your own time, just be free from working in an office. then the reality stepped in 15 hour days, low pay, no free time to do what I wanted. massive traffic backups, stupid dock workers, freaking unions, DOT, state cops, local cop, the drunk county sheriff looking to make a buck or two at a drivers expense. high fuel costs even higher insurance costs. 18 months ago I would have said yeah give it a go, but today in this buisness reality, get a safe dependable job that will not drive you nuts. the level of instability of trucking right now, really makes it a bad time to get into trucking. some companies that were on great footing a year ago are having financial problems now. send me a private message if you really want to discuss this in greater detail.
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Jun 11, 2008
 
Well long haul driver i bit the bait with swift.....I was on the road for 10 days with my after school trainer and said goodbye, I saw the writing on the wall...it went from 2700 miles a week to 1800 if I was lucky, SO I STARTED DRIVING DUMP TRUCKS...MAKE THE SAME MONEY AND BE HOME EVERY NIGHT :) caps...sorry, there were so many subtle and blatant hints during my training, such as they wanted us to live off $25 a week in grocery's...HINT! plus one of our instructors told us he had driven for 27 years and would not bother now even if he was given a free truck...HINT!, but in hein site I should have stayed and got at least 6 months under my belt. My friend has worked for jbhunt for over 20 years and has had good EXP with them but they wont hire me because I don't have at least 3 months exp,

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#92
Jun 12, 2008
 
I hope your waiting for that bill from swift because one is coming if you went to their driving school or a school they paid for.
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Jun 12, 2008
 
Long Haul Driver wrote:
I hope your waiting for that bill from swift because one is coming if you went to their driving school or a school they paid for.
ohhhh I know, I am old enough to know not to believe the adds in the paper, but I just got divorced and was not thinking logically, the more and more I read I am thinking that returning to trucking just is not going to be an option, fuel costs, slowing economy and LOW pay....what do you think long haul? should i go back or not?

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ohhhh I know, I am old enough to know not to believe the adds in the paper, but I just got divorced and was not thinking logically, the more and more I read I am thinking that returning to trucking just is not going to be an option, fuel costs, slowing economy and LOW pay....what do you think long haul? should i go back or not?
I'd wait till the end of summer to see where the mess stands. fuel always goes up higher in the summer add to that the way fuels already climbing so it is going to be a long expensive summer...
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Jun 15, 2008
 
Has anyone heard anything horrible about Smith & Solomon?

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#97
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I'll tell you what I've said for months. this is the wrong time to get into trucking.. companies are closing, miles are being cut back and other companies are laying off.. wait till after summer and see where things stand then... an experienced driver with a good record will see a job long before you will, coming fresh out of school..
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can some one tell me are there any truck driving? schools in chicago,il that will hire an ex felon.if so what schools are they and what is the best way to pay for them?
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Well two companies to stay away from are Swift and Schneider...both have bad reputations at screwing school drivers......I think your best shot would be Werner (reputation is not as bad as the other two). I have never heard anything bad about FFE Transportation Services.
Hi, my husband is thinking about signing on with Schneider. I am concerned about your warning to stay away from Schneider. I would greatly appreciate it if you would share the specifics of your knowledge about Schneider. Maybe I can keep him from making a bad mistake.

Thanks so much!

Jami in California
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Good luck finding a driving job with that on your record. I mean there are small local companies that may give you a shot. but as for any of the major carriers it would be a hard sell. the insurance companies have a huge say on who a company can hire. with that on your record, it will send a red flag with the insurance company.
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i think this guy is full of shit my record is 13 pages long, everything from pis to duis. i also got my cdl on my own with no school, and ive never been unemployed since i got them in 96. fact is there are to many jobs out there someone will always take you. so get yours and i promise you can find a way if you want to bad enough.
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#101
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Hi Im a women and most men around me tell me that a women could not drive a tractor trailr is this true

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#102
Oct 8, 2008
 
There are many women out there doing a good job. The problem is, it is not a life that most women want to live for any lenght of time.
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Oct 12, 2008
 
Correct me if I'm wrong. You go to Roadmaster Driving school ( or any other) for $5,000, then they hook you up with Swift, Werner, Stevens, etc., etc., who say they will reimburse you for tuition if you spend a year or two with them. Or, you can go straight to Swift, Werner, or others and get the schooling cheaper with the same reimbursement deal. So why go to a local school for more money. They are just a more costly middleman. You're gonna pay. Question is how much. Even if you have a CDL from school, if you can't drive any company is gonna dump you. Get dumped enough.....
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Islamorada wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong. You go to Roadmaster Driving school ( or any other) for $5,000, then they hook you up with Swift, Werner, Stevens, etc., etc., who say they will reimburse you for tuition if you spend a year or two with them. Or, you can go straight to Swift, Werner, or others and get the schooling cheaper with the same reimbursement deal. So why go to a local school for more money. They are just a more costly middleman. You're gonna pay. Question is how much. Even if you have a CDL from school, if you can't drive any company is gonna dump you. Get dumped enough.....
If someone goes to a truck driving school, they should try to get it at a community college. Twice the training at half the price, and you don't have to stay with a bad company for a year. They can also tell you what companies to avoid.

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