Paid CDL training (Prime, Yellow, Maverick, Roehl etc)?

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  1. chiquita07

    chiquita07 Bobtail Member

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    Hi y'all again. Depending on the situation if I have enough money to go through a local CDL school (closest to mine would be Driver Solutions in Lakeland FL but allegedly they do have a contract with a trucking company once you get your license). I'm thinking about going thru these carriers' programs because I feel like getting experience is really important in trucking... Anyways I heard lots of pros and cons about going thru these programs...

    Every company has its own pros and cons and I'm not sure which one to choose from. Some experienced folks might think the whole package process from big companies are a bad idea, but idk if I can get a job right outside of CDL school after I paid couple $$$$, or find a company to pay me back for working for them.

    So I don't know which path to choose from, I genuinely need some advice/insights. I'm still in the researching stage, just trying to get as much info as I want to. Thank y'all
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Are you in Tampa?
    There's nothing at all wrong with a trucking company cdl school.
    Private cdl school just gives you more choices, because not all companies that hire new cdl school grads have their own cdl school, but do hire from private schools.
    Keep your money in the bank and attend a trucking company cdl school.
     
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    I live in Gainesville so anything around counts lol. Gator town doesn't have a trucking school unfortunately...

    That's the first pro I think of is to save money. :)
     
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    Not sure if Millis Transfer hires in Florida, but they do in Georgia, so worth a phone call.
    This is a decent dry van company that hauls lots of beverages such as soft drinks, etc.
    Most of the time, from what drivers post on here, you just drop an empty trailer somewhere and hook up to a loaded trailer and head to the customer.
    Easy trucking there. Probably send you to cdl school in Cartersville, Georgia
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    All those schools pay for transportation to the school plus meals & lodging during school.
     
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    A lot of prospective drivers waste too much time worrying about finding, “the right….” school to begin their career with. Truck driving schools don’t have an Ivy League. All CDL holders are EQUAL in the eyes or God, the DOT and potential employers. The only things you should worry about when selecting a school are:

    Do they issue a 160 hour training certificate?
    Do they train with 53’ trailers?

    The training certificate is important because most employers require it. This is because their insurance carrier requires it. Most hiring decisions in the industry are made by the company’s insurance agent NOT the company.

    A common misconception about the industry is that you get paid to drive a truck. As a new driver you will earn your money BACKING the truck. Driving is just something you throw in for free - like a toy in a box of cereal. Obviously, there’s going to be a problem if you’ve only trained on a 28’ trailer when it comes time back a 53’ trailer into a hole.

    The biggest difference between company schools and private schools is the money. Company schools get paid to put butts in trucks. Fail a section? No problem, they’ll, “recycle” you - let you repeat the week of class that covered the section you failed at no extra cost or obligation to you. They won’t cheat or give you a CDL you didn’t earn but they will go out of their way to “grease the skids” to make sure you do get a CDL. I went to a company school where several students were recycled a week or two or three - but they all got their CDLs eventually. My company CDL school had >99% of their students getting a CDL (not including drug test failures).

    Private schools get paid to provide instruction. Whether you get your CDL or not isn’t their problem - that’s between you and the DMV. Once your instruction period is over they’re done with you. I personally know several drivers who had to pay ~$800/day to get additional drive time after they finished their school to either prepare for or to take their DMV driving test. For the private schools in my area about HALF of their students earn a CDL.

    The notion that graduating from a private school will give you better job opportunities than a company school is INSANE! Companies either hire NEW drivers or they don’t. Most don’t. That’s because they have to pay someone to train you for at least a few weeks. CDL school teaches you how to pass the DMV tests - that’s it. Simple tasks you need to know, like how to put fuel in the truck, aren’t covered. Then, there’s the insurance. As a new driver it will cost them about $1,000/month extra in insurance premiums to hire you instead of an experienced driver with a clean record. Starter companies pay less because of the extra expenses of training, insurance, incidents, accidents and tickets. Top dollar companies pay top dollar because they avoid these expenses by only hiring experienced drivers.
     
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