How many hours of cdl school do I need

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  1. Jacob20

    Jacob20 Bobtail Member

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    Do I need 160 hours of cdl school to get hired on with a company or can I do 120 hours ?
     
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  3. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Trying to cut corners this early in the game is a bad sign, I think.
     
  4. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    You need 0 hours to get your CDL and get hired.
    You need the 160 hour course if you want an easier time of getting hired.
     
  5. Bill51

    Bill51 Heavy Load Member

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    Not true.

    "You must meet State and Federal training requirements if you're:
    • Getting a CDL
    • Upgrading a CDL or adding endorsements
    Class A 160 total hours, including at least:
    • 40 hours - classroom instruction
    • 18 hours - street driving training
    • 16 hours - training in backing maneuvers
    • 16 hours - proficiency development
    • 70 hours - combined lab training, range training, and observation"
    Right off the Washington State DOL website.
     
  6. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

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    Pennsyltucky only requires the written test and a driving test. There's no requirement to have x number of hours behind the wheel before taking the test.
     
  7. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    NC , no training requirement.
     
  8. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    tscottme Road Train Member

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    I thought WA only taught one thing, stay left until you exit or the sun explodes.
     
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  10. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Assuming they don't postponed it again. They have already postponed it twice.
     
  11. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Medium Load Member

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    My thoughts are you need to learn how to 1. Do a thorough pre/ posttrip.. don’t need to be a mechanic but be able to diagnose basic problems. 2. how to back up a trailer.. driving in straight line is the easy part. Going backwards is the skilled part of the job... learning how to setup/ get out and look/ scanning the area will take the most time and be where you’ll need to progress the most 3. Taking turns and looking in mirrors... as simple as it sounds a lot of new drivers just don’t look... between 120 and 160 I’d go with 120 long as you get enough backing practice..
     
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