Free Training for your CDL

Free Training for your CDL

There are 225 comments on the story from Apr 10, 2007, titled Free Training for your CDL. In it, reports that:

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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truckdriver gump

Marcus Hook, PA

#166 Sep 2, 2009
Cacc is a good place to get cdl tranning it cost about 1300.00 for six weeks tranning
what its worth

Dothan, AL

#167 Oct 12, 2009
need to know where too get a free cdl training class a want too drive over the road in see all the great states in america while gettin payed
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#168 Oct 13, 2009
what its worth wrote:
need to know where too get a free cdl training class a want too drive over the road in see all the great states in america while gettin payed
Get the training at a community college. If there is a job training grant or something like that available they will know about it. Whatever you do don't sign up for "free" company training, it is not really free, you are obligated to work for them or pay them for the training.
Sunset man

Knoxville, TN

#169 Dec 25, 2009
I drove for Schneider from 1988 till 1990 then switched to another non-trucking field for the past two decades. The economy is rough and I've been unemployed for a year now. I've always kept up my CDL but the two companies I spoke to tell me it was too long ago and I need to go back to school (which of course I can't afford) Anyone got any advice?

Since: Jan 10

Tazewell, TN

#170 Jan 17, 2010
Hey, you seem to be very knowledgeable about CDLs and trucking all together, so I wanted to ask you directly about your experience about driving for Coca-Cola Enterprises.*What kind of CDL to they require to drive their trucks, are they just like every other trucking company out there as far as screwing over their drivers? Etc.) A friend of mine has been working there for several years now and says that if I get my CDL permit that he will put in a good word for me once I apply. He also says that the company will "pay for my CDL training". He says that he drives locally ONLY Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (maybe til 6pm on occasion) I drove R-11 refueling trucks in the military. The R-11 is very similar to the Coke trucks I've seen on the road, so I'm pretty confident that I will have no problems transitioning into this job. Thanks for your time.
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#171 Jan 19, 2010
Emaiden wrote:
Hey, you seem to be very knowledgeable about CDLs and trucking all together, so I wanted to ask you directly about your experience about driving for Coca-Cola Enterprises.*What kind of CDL to they require to drive their trucks, are they just like every other trucking company out there as far as screwing over their drivers? Etc.) A friend of mine has been working there for several years now and says that if I get my CDL permit that he will put in a good word for me once I apply. He also says that the company will "pay for my CDL training". He says that he drives locally ONLY Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (maybe til 6pm on occasion) I drove R-11 refueling trucks in the military. The R-11 is very similar to the Coke trucks I've seen on the road, so I'm pretty confident that I will have no problems transitioning into this job. Thanks for your time.
The drivers I know up here that work for them do OK they complain their contract has a 3 year pay freeze, and they don't get much overtime anymore. However, they get paid for their time, and they are home every night. They train on the job, they pay you for that time. Lots of people want to work for them so if you got a connection that can get your foot in the door, go for it!
jzz

Munfordville, KY

#172 Jan 22, 2010
Sunset man wrote:
I drove for Schneider from 1988 till 1990 then switched to another non-trucking field for the past two decades. The economy is rough and I've been unemployed for a year now. I've always kept up my CDL but the two companies I spoke to tell me it was too long ago and I need to go back to school (which of course I can't afford) Anyone got any advice?
I have some advice,run as far away from a truck as you can get. Truck driving stinks, I had rather dig ditches.
eljay

Bloomfield, CT

#173 Mar 19, 2010
how far back do they check backgrounds in the trucking industry ??
Hayride To Hell

Easthampton, MA

#174 Apr 11, 2010
Hey Long Haul, if yer still on this site, had a question for ya. I'm 24 and VERY interested in a career on the road. My job history sucks and i have no permits. Do you think its a good time to get into trucking or should i go another direction. What plan should i lay out for 2010? Thanks in advance!
Island Lake

Bolingbrook, IL

#175 Apr 24, 2010
How long do the companies who pay for training keep you on the road at a time ? and how long is the usual contract ? I mean I have a family im trying to support but i would still like to see them reguarly, do you think this is possible?
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#176 Apr 28, 2010
Island Lake wrote:
How long do the companies who pay for training keep you on the road at a time ? and how long is the usual contract ? I mean I have a family im trying to support but i would still like to see them reguarly, do you think this is possible?
Don't fall for "FREE company paid" training, there is no such thing. They will OWN you and might keep you out for weeks at a time and you still might make almost nothing. If you must try this out, go to the community colleges, they give longer training for less money. Also if there are grants or training funds they would know about it. There is one nearby in Elgin that has a big truck driver training program, check them out. I don't recommend you go into this line of work, but if you do, best of luck!

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#177 Apr 28, 2010
Hayride To Hell wrote:
Hey Long Haul, if yer still on this site, had a question for ya. I'm 24 and VERY interested in a career on the road. My job history sucks and i have no permits. Do you think its a good time to get into trucking or should i go another direction. What plan should i lay out for 2010? Thanks in advance!
Trucking is still an unstable thing, while fright is slowly picking up it is still not stable. I would suggest not going in to trucking and find other employment at least until after the first of the year. right now, it is without a doubt a companies market for drivers, with so many out of work drivers companies have the ability to take the best available and leave the rest to find their way.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#178 Jun 2, 2010
I just traded my CDL in for a reg. licence The only reason that I could retire early was the fact that I had a teamsters pension that I work for, for 15 years with the same company. After 15 years I now draw $1385 a month. Trucking in general is a very hard career with very little rewards. You work long hours and if you figure you pay per hour, it does not add up to much by the time you live on they road. To all the best of luck

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#179 Jun 2, 2010
eljay wrote:
how far back do they check backgrounds in the trucking industry ??
Ten years and most do a criminal background check. If you have any DUI's on your record most will not hire you.
Fuji

Marietta, GA

#180 Jun 28, 2010
Well after all the comments the last year and a half why do i still want to try out the Companys free classes... i guess its because they are that bad. Im no diffrent than all of you, i want to drive for free and am willing to do so even if i have to sign a contract, I dont think i would mind being on the road for weeks but not making money for the first year+ does scare me.
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#181 Jun 29, 2010
Fuji wrote:
....i want to drive for free....
There are many companies out there that will be happy to oblige! Seriously, though, I think what you meant was "I want to LEARN TO DRIVE for free". There really is no such thing. Check with community colleges or state employment services, if there is a grant or training funds available they likely would know about it.
stacks money

Brooklyn, NY

#182 Jul 13, 2010
leave those mexicans alone
Bwatts

Topeka, KS

#183 Aug 24, 2010
I have a felony from 26 years ago, I have a CDL but very little experience, Does anyone know of anyone that would hire me, I just need a chance and a refresher course, I would appreciate any help.
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#184 Sep 3, 2010
I have heard contractors in Iraq/Afganistan like Blackwater are more willing to hire. They pay a lot, but it is dangerous! Also I think you are gone for a year.
addie

Hereford, TX

#185 Sep 6, 2010
i got my permit now i need to train to drive.do u now anyone thatb wont charge much to train to drive.my uncle was going to train me,but thur he broken his wrist .so now im shit out of luck ,so if u do now anyone please let me now thanks

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