by Staff Writer and CDL School Student Consultant: Nancy Finley
Great Advice from our Help Desk - Bookmark this page to use as a Referral Guide
Be truthful on your application. DO NOT try to cover up a felony, DUI/DWI, any tickets, license suspensions or accidents. After you have graduated the offenses will surface every time. You may/may not be employable depending upon the offense and your money most likely will not be refunded. People with a felony conviction may qualify for a Class A CDL. It all depends upon the circumstances and the charge.
Apply online first and have the questions below ready when the schools and carriers start calling you.
TIP: If you think you are too old you are probably not. However, you can be too young. In this industry the more mature student is very welcome as older candidates have a 'stick-it-out' attitude and rarely start something they don't finish. Young drivers are like sponges, soaking up knowledge quickly and over time will become good drivers if the desire is there. All 48 states require you to be at least 21 for over the road driving and at least 18 for local. TopDriverJobs Driver Placement does represent one company that will accept a new Class A CDL student graduate. You must already possess a Class A CDL to apply with this company.
In some of the points below I offer my own opinion resulting from my personal experience as a newbie who is now an experienced, seasoned driver.
Ask questions like:
How many companies hire grads from their school and what are the names of the companies and their phone numbers?
(Of course you can apply online with us. A good time to do that is at least 2 weeks before you will be graduating.
Ask for a list of some of their graduate students that you can call.
(Most companies won't give out their students personal info but it won't hurt to ask)
Is this school PTDI certified?
(Many employers will not hire from schools that are not PTDI certified)
Are the tractors late models and in good mechanical condition?
Do the student drivers pull loaded or empty trailers?
(If they say empty find another school- you need experience with loaded trailers)
What about their driving range? How large is it in terms of acres or miles of driving surface? Does it have a paved surface? Does it have plenty of curves, 90 degree corners, a mock railroad crossing and areas dedicated to backing and terminal parking?
(If they offer something like a large parking lot find another school)
How many students per 1 tractor trailer?
(In my opinion 2 students per truck is ideal. You each will learn from the other's mistakes and still get your share of driving time. You both will not necessarily make the same mistakes)
Approximately how many loaded miles will you log while in school?
(More is better. I logged 844 loaded miles in a 6 week course)
How many behind the wheel hours will I get?
(I logged 71 hours in a 6 week course all pulling loaded trailers)
Will you make road trips and actually park in truck stops?
(If the answer is no find another school-you need this experience)
Will you actually drive on US Highways and Intestates?
(If the answer is no find another school you need a school that prepares you for the real world)
(1 instructor per 6 student class is ideal but not always possible for the amount of tuition one can afford-usually the smaller the class, the more it costs-but not always)
Do the instructors shout at or verbally discredit the students in military style?
(If you get a yes to this question find another school, run-don't walk)
What percentage of graduates are actually hired?
If you have a good personal and motor vehicle record all you really need is to apply 2 weeks before graduating and you will most likely be hired right away)
When you graduate will you have a Class A CDL License?
(Do not settle for a permit, you must have a license)
Does the school offer help in arranging financing?
(Most regular CDL schools do. Carriers who train will work out a pay back out of your salary. Most carriers will require at least 12 months of employment. The grass may look greener but may not be so green if you jump around looking for that prefect company too often, especially in your first 18 months-at least stay long enough to pay back the loan.)
What EXACTLY does their tuition cover?
(Make sure your living quarters are close and decent if they are included in the tuition)
Author: Nancy Finley - Liquid Bulk Tank Driver
TopDriverJobs.com Driver Placement does represent a carrier that sponsors Class A CDL School if you live in most areas east of I35. However, you must be 22 years old and have a good driving record. We also represent a carrier that offers a refresher course to drivers who have been out of a truck for 3 years or more.
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