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Commercial Driver's License

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by TheBuzz, May 17, 2017 at 11:05 AM.

  1. TheBuzz

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    Hey all,

    I am a 20 year old Theatre Technology & Design student. I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on getting a commercial driver's license; is it worth having? Even if I'm not planning on solely driving trucks, is it something that would be useful in my line of work?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    It could be, if you start out at a shop and you have a license, it could mean you get the gig over the next guy....

    Sean
     
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    Unless you actually WANT to drive commercial vehicles (or need to for a job, in which case your employer should foot the bill), then there is no benefit to having one. If you want to be a driver, go for it, but otherwise, it will just make you "the guy" to go to when someone needs a driver.
     
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    josh88 Remarkably Tired. Fight Leukemia

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    Agreed with Alex ^ plus you can still drive up to a 26 foot truck on a regular license. My company does a lot of fabrication and shipping and we have a bunch of smaller trucks but still just call somebody up and get trucks for the larger shows.
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    While it never hurts to have more skills, it's not a skill that is likely to get you a lot more work in this industry. On the other hand I paid for a lot of college driving tour buses in the summer. So you may want to consider it for additional employment between gigs.
     
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    MNicolai Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    Buddy of mine had good luck with this. He would get paid to drive the truck plus his day rate for shows.

    Takes a special relationship with the production company though to make that work so you can grow beyond just being the guy who gets things from Point A to Point B.
     
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    Think of it this way. With a CDL and a Captains license you can drive a duck tour! (Amphibious tour bus)
     
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    On the list of stuff to have... it is pretty low on there. Most production houses own 24'/26' single axel trucks that you can drive with a standard license. If you are looking for something to get, aim for ETCP cert... that will do much more for you. No one expects you to have this. Also, if you tour... you don't want this. You want to be sleeping in a bus or flying and sleeping in hotels.. NOT spending the 10 hours you have between venues driving.
     
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    Spoken like someone who knows from experience. You've got my vote.
    Toodleoo!
    Ron Hebbard.
     
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    Everything mentioned so far is spot on, but since it hasn't been brought up yet I'll also throw in that there are three different classes of CDLs plus numerous endorsements and restrictions that you may or may not need depending on what you need to haul. Nearly everything needs some sort of knowledge test, skills test, or both. Hazmat needs an additional background check / threat assessment. On top of that, the skills testing requires you to test in a vehicle fitting the tested skill...so you'll need access to such a vehicle to practice and test in. So yes, you really need to know what you plan on driving and hauling before getting started. It can get expensive too if you plan on just doing this yourself - wait for an employer to pay for it!
     

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