Schools that don’t do classroom

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by jetsetjosh, Jul 28, 2021.

  1. jetsetjosh

    jetsetjosh Bobtail Member

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    Been looking at options for schools, Windsor’s in NJ and Commercial Driver Training in NY both offer 130 hours, but Windsor’s is about $3000 cheaper because they don’t do classroom permit prep, drug testing etc. Was just wondering if a certificate from them would qualify as a reputed CDL school? Do schools /have/ to have a classroom portion in order for companies to consider graduates from them?
     
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  3. Concorde

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    Schools have to drug test you or you can’t drive their trucks..
     
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  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    130 hours is pretty light anymore. Many companies want at least 160 hr if not 200. And as @Concorde said, You can't drive the trruck, even in training with a permit, until you pass a drug test.
     
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  5. Chinatown

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    What's your plan in trucking?
    Go for the 160 hr. school at least.
     
  6. jetsetjosh

    jetsetjosh Bobtail Member

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    Do you have to test even for private individuals lessons? I would assume that’s how they get by it?
     
  7. AModelCat

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    When they say 160 hours, is it really 160 hours in the truck or 20 hours behind the wheel and 140 watching 10 others try and back up through a set of cones?
     
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  8. Chinatown

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    Based on 40 hrs. a week for 4 weeks.
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    Wilson Logistics has the best plan; majority of their school is on the road delivering freight with an instructor.
     
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    How much of the 160 hours is actual seat time though?
     
  10. Chinatown

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    I don't know, every school is different.
    Lots of time is spent on the yard practicing backing and doing pre-trip inspections.
    The most difficult part of cdl school is learning the pre-trip inspection.
     
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  11. Chinatown

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    Are you in New Jersey or New York?
     
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