If you have a Class A with doubles and express interest...
Employment application (even if you are already employed)
DOT card (even if you have one)
Then 80 hours training (40 non productive, 40 productive)
you need to demonstrate that you can perform a complete and thorough Pretrip of your equipment.
you need to be able to demonstrate that you understand space and visibility (not necessarily by reciting it, more so by showing it)
Most drivers don’t have an issue with getting through 80 hour trains. You have someone coaching you through it. Basically if you had the ability to get your license and you’re willing to learn then you’ll be fine.
Different everywhere. You’re not going to get solid advice without asking someone in your local. Here they send us to an outside school. They train us to and then take us to DMV to get the license. I’ve read other feeder drivers on here say all the training happens at the hub by on roads.
On 177 all you need is to put your transfer, then whatever Building that gets it will pay for your school/license then you get 2 weeks (80 hours) with a SUP babysitting you.
Im on my day 3 and already did a 3 hour drive (6 RT) and built and took apart 4 sets.