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CDL Truck Driving/Training School

CDL Commercial Trucking Driving Training

CDL Training Program

The CDL Training class provides driver license testing information and training for unskilled drivers who wish to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL - Class A or B) and endorsements. This course will also provide information on federal requirements for the state’s standards for the licensing of commercial drivers.

To receive a CDL, you must pass knowledge and skill tests. This training will assist you in preparing to pass the written and road tests. Classes are conducted on a regular basis at both the Decatur and Huntsville campuses. Certificates are presented upon successful completion of the training. Trucking recruiters are available to meet with students to provide information regarding job opportunities.

Contact the CDL office for more information:

(256) 260-2462
(256) 306-2928

2017 CDL Training Calendar

August 7 – 31, 2017

Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Decatur Campus

 

September 5 - 28, 2017

Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Decatur Campus

 

September 16 – November 5, 2017

Weekend Training, Saturday and Sunday, 7:00am-5:30pm

Huntsville Campus

 

October 2 – 26, 2017

Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Decatur Campus

 

October 30 – November 22, 2017

Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Decatur Campus

 

November 27 – December 21, 2017

Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Decatur Campus

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Training Cost:  $2,850.00 for Class A or B License (please see below for all costs associated with program)*

Duration: 160 hours

Location: Decatur Campus - 6250 US Hwy 31 N, Decatur, AL, Center for Business and Industry Training, Room 105; Huntsville Campus - 102 Wynn Drive NW, Huntsville, AL, Building 1, Room 225

Instructors/Examiners: Mary Smith, (256) 366-4810; Chasity Phillips, (256) 366-5954

*Costs: (see Pricing Sheet)

  • Training -- $2,850.00 (registration and payment is required to reserve your seat in the class)
  • Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) -- $5.75 
    • Department of Public Safety, Huntsville Office - 115 Church Street NW, Huntsville, AL  35805
  • Written Test (Courthouse) -- $25.00
  • Retest -- $15.00
  • Learner’s Permit -- $36.25
  • License Class A -- $66.25
  • License Class B -- $56.25
  • DOT Physical and Drug Screen -- $100.00

Registration Process

1.  Secure Funding

WIOA Option
For information regarding eligibility and application for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), funding to cover the cost of this program, please contact your local Alabama Career Center:

  • Huntsville, 256-851-0537
  • Albertville, 256-878-3031
  • Scottsboro, 256-574-1720
  • Decatur, 256-355-0142
  • Sheffield, 256-381-0611
  • Cullman, 256-734-5580
  • Gadsden, 256-546-3366
  • Fort Payne, 256-845-2900

If you are approved for WIOA funding, please contact our office at 256-260-2462 or 256-306-2928 for registration.

Student Loan Option
Visit www.salliemae.com/SmartLoan to apply for a personal student loan. Select Smart Option Student Loan for Undergraduate Students. Please note: Calhoun Workforce Solutions requires that students be certified/authorized for Sallie Mae loans at least 30 days prior to the class start date.

Debit or Credit Card Option
Register and pay online at http://calhoun.interactyx.com/pages/course/portal.aspx?courseid=17

2.  Register and Pay

Click here to register and make your payment online. We accept debit and credit cards. Online registration - http://calhoun.interactyx.com/pages/course/portal.aspx?courseid=17

3.  Motor Vehicle Report (Driving Record)

Go to the Department of Public Safety in Huntsville or Sheffield and obtain a copy of your Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

4.  Physical and Drug Screen

Visit a medical facility that is certified to conduct a Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical and a Chain of Custody Drug Screen. Have these completed one week before training begins.

Medical East, 15243 Greenfield Drive, Athens, AL 35613 
(256) 771-0994
Or a medical facility of your choice.

Bring the long form physical results and your medical card the first day of class. The drug screen results may be emailed to: donna.bass@calhoun.edu.

First Day of Class

The first day of class, applicants will need to bring the following to the training:

  • Social Security Card 
  • Current Driver’s License 
  • Motor Vehicle Report 
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical (long form and medical card), and proof of Drug Screen (Chain of Custody Drug Screen)

Alabama CDL License Requirements

In order to drive a commercial vehicle in Alabama, you must first obtain an Alabama commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses can vary from state to state, Alabama classifies commercial vehicles that require a CDL to drive as follows:

  • Class A: Operate vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds that tow trailers or other vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B: Operate vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds and tow trailers or vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class C: Operate vehicles that can transport 16 or more people or vehicles that transport hazardous materials.

Resources for Alabama CDL Requirements

Visit the Alabama Department of Public Safety website (www.dps.alabama.gov) and the Alabama Commercial Drivers License Manual (http://dps.alabama.gov/Documents/Manuals/CDLManual.pdf) for more information.

Third Party Testing 

If you have successfully completed your Third Party knowledge/written test, and you have had your permit 14 days, contact the CDL office to schedule your Third Party skills test. We have a vehicle that you may use for your test at the cost of $250, or you may provide your vehicle at the cost of $175. This test includes the pre-trip inspection, backing, and the road test.

Appointments are available; call (256) 260-2462 or (256) 306-2928 to schedule. Please note that payment is required to hold your appointment.

In the event of inclement weather, skills test appointments may be rescheduled. You will be notified by email and/or phone. Please contact our office to confirm your appointment.

Cost: 

Retest Cost*:

  • Equipment Provided
    • Pre-trip inspection (PTI) or Backing -- $62.50
    • Road Test --$125.00
  • Personal Equipment
    • Pre-trip inspection (PTI) or Backing -- $44.00
    • Road Test -- $87.00

Please Note the Re-Test Policy:

*Individuals may retest a combination of skill tests, up to 3 times, at the stated test rate. After the second retest, the full test price will be charged.
*Re-test appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours before re-test.

Refresher Training

Refresher training may be scheduled for those who already hold a valid CDL driver’s license. Call 256-260-2462 or 256-306-2928 for more information.

Cost:

Applicants will need to bring the following to the training:

  • Social Security Card
  • Current Driver’s License
  • Motor Vehicle Report
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical and Drug Screen (chain of custody drug screen)