Too stale to train

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  1. MericanMade

    MericanMade Medium Load Member

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    I pulled back from starting a trucking career back in June, after getting my CDL-A in late January. What I really wanted to do didn’t pan out. I didn’t think I could adjust to the reefer lifestyle, and I’m not financially independent enough to work for Western Express.

    At what age will a CDL-A be too stale to train? In other words, you have to go back to CDL school.
     
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  3. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

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    You many have already missed the train bub.

    @Chinatown any ideas?
     
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  4. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    Call Schneider, you'll be on the road by yourself in 40 days.
     
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  5. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    Most will require a 'refresher'.
    Go back to where you got your CDL and ask what it would cost to recertify you.
    Probably in the $200 range
     
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  6. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    I am not privy to any rules that say a new CDL holder has x amount of time before the CDL is invalid. I suspect this is going to be up to the carrier and their company policy. I HIGHLY recommend though that if you want to drive to get that training in ASAP. The longer you wait the harder it's going to be and honestly, I agree 100% with @Opus .
     
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  7. MericanMade

    MericanMade Medium Load Member

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    Well, I blew up my right shoulder this past May and will undergo shoulder surgery late November. So, it will be at least late Feb 2021 before I’m available again. That’s over a year on my cdl.

    I’m done with physical labor (carpentry), so trucking might be in my future, or holding a clipboard and making phone calls from inside my truck (superintendent).
     
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  8. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Local dump truck companies will have u in a seat tmrw
     
  9. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    Call stevens. We can go together LOL
     
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  10. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    I got into trucking with a CDL A that was 16 years stale. I was hired by an OTR company in 2016 with a CDL I acquired in 1995. I drove class B trucks locally from 1996 to 2000 and then nothing until 2016.

    I rode with trainers for 5 weeks before getting my own truck. No school refresher needed.
     
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