What Counts As 1 Year Of Experience?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by GhentSaintPeters, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    i asked this question in another forum, got various answers, so I figured I would ask you guys.

    Here's the situation, dates are approximate (within a week of accuracy based on memory) and keep in mind this is my first trucking job after graduating cdl school on December 7, 2018:

    - official hire date was December 11, finished orientation December 14 2018

    - started training with my trainer OTR January 12, 2019

    - Finished training OTR with trainer in February 22, 2019 and got my first dispatched solo load on that date as well.

    So I ask you all again, what counts as 1 years experience?

    Is it December 11, my official hire date?

    Or January 12, when I went OTR w/trainer?

    Or February 22, when I got out of my trainers truck and into my own truck to get my first solo dispatched load?
  2. SoCalRed

    SoCalRed Medium Load Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    For job applications put the hire on date.
    Actual experience is the day you went out with a trainer.
  3. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    Ok so when a job application list that they prefer 1 year of experience, will I have that in December or January?
  4. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    I've never seen an app that asks for the actual day. I'm sure there are some, but most just ask month/year.
    So your hire date is 12/2018
    If they ask for a year experience, start sending in apps on say 10/1/2019. It's a couple months early, but if they need a driver they will sometimes waive the requirements by a couple months.
  5. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

    Oct 19, 2018
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Apply anywhere you want, even if you dont think you'll be hired.
    Some companies have "X number of months without a trainer" and some use "hire date" and various other rules.
    Saw an ad for Airgas and it had "1 yr. experience required", but further along in the small print it has,
    "New cdl school grads with certificate from acreditied cdl school counts as 1 yr. experience."
  7. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    If you were doing most of the driving with the trainer, it starts then.
    If he didn't like to give up the reins very often to let you learn.. Feb.
  8. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    Legally speaking it would be the anniversary date of your license. So look at the date the state said you were a licensed truck driver, 365 days later is a year so..... Presuming your drove for that year. If so simple enough, that's the day the state made you a legal truck driver.
    The rest is just smoke and mirrors.
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