Required Experience 3 Years?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by SSdon, May 10, 2024.

  1. SSdon

    SSdon Bobtail Member

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    Is a new hire required to have 3 Years driving experience to be considered for a driving position? Or just list 3 years experience if they have it? (brand new CDL driver / 21 years old)
     
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  3. Chinatown

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    If you mean a Class-C automobile license, most companies want 12 months experience.
     
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  4. SSdon

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    No, I mean a class A CDL driver.
     
  5. Chinatown

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    Depends on the company; some companies don't require any experience at all other than CDL school.
     
  6. SSdon

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    But does DOT or the FMCSA require it? Or does it as you say... "Depend on the company"?
     
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    Company policy.
    @Ridgeline can explain it better than me.
     
  8. bryan21384

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    It depends on where you want to go. I've seen some jobs that require 2 or more years. Your average company wants 1 year experience. If you're looking for a local or regional job in this day and age, it's a pretty good chance they want 3 years. The driver market is shifting towards applicants with a lot of experience and clean records, especially in the local and regional market. Which company are you looking at?
     
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    Where is the drivers location; state & nearest city/town?
    We might find something local if that's what he wants.
     
  10. Concorde

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    Welcome to TTR!

    If they required it they wouldn’t have given you a CDL.
    Just start applying to companies that you’re interested in. There are many carriers that hire students with no experience. Some will want a year or five of experience with a CDL. IMO 2 years is where the most doors will open.

    What are you looking to do with that CDL? Local, OTR and what trailer type interests you most?
     
  11. Concorde

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    Just two big carriers I checked quickly.

    Swift says you need to be 23 unless you were in the military.

    Schneider says 21 so that’s a fine start if they hire in your area.
     
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