CDL School after licence?

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  1. jetsetjosh

    jetsetjosh Bobtail Member

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    Can I get my CDL now through the road test and then go back to school to get a certificate later on?
     
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  3. zaroba

    zaroba Medium Load Member

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    Do you mean the medical certificate?
    Nope, need to have a medical certificate before you can have a cdl. It's a requirement for carrying a cdl and your cdl will be automatically be downgraded to a standard class c pretty quickly if you let your medical certificate expire.
     
  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Until the FMCSA's Entry Level Driver Training rule goes into effect in 2022, if you can pass all of the tests, Pre-trip and road test, you can get a CDL. If you can find someone to hire you (big if), you can get some experience and go from there without ever going to a school, so why do you need a certificate? If you can't get a job you may as well just go to school to get your CDL.
     
  5. jetsetjosh

    jetsetjosh Bobtail Member

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    I’m talking about going to cdl school after passing the road test, can’t go to school cause of my work schedule now but I know it’s hard to get a job without going to school
     
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Some cdl schools have night or weekend classes that are designed for people that can't quit their day job.
    Some trucking company cdl schools pay the students a salary or hourly pay while attending the trucking company in-house cdl school.
    Where is your location?
     
  7. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    If you can pass all the tests to get you CDL without school then do so. Then go to work for a small local company, farm, or do seasonal driving to get your experience. Then you can move onto a better company that requires experience.

    Ive never been to any school or official training pertaining to my CDL. And no I didn't get my CDL decades ago either, I got it in 2013. And I've been driving with an OTR company for 3 years now. Before that I wasnt interested in driving full time, but I did jobs that having my CDL could get me better pay and opportunities. Even before I had my CDL I had some driving jobs though... All told ive been in and out of trucks for over 20 years.
     
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