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CDL Schools in Alabama

Some people are better drivers than others, and if you’ve been told how good of a driver you are, you might consider starting a career as a commercial driver in Alabama.

Before Getting Licensed

To start such a career you need to first know how to drive a truck, but there are a few other requirements you need to meet before that.

For instance, being over a certain age and passing a medical are the most common requirements.

Usually, the age requirement is:

  • Minimum 18 to drive within the state
  • Minimum 21 to drive outside of the state

You might also have to pass a background check if you’re going to work with Hazardous Materials (HazMat), for which you’ll need a separate endorsement.

Getting Licensed

For this purpose, you need to attend a school that issues commercial driving licenses, and you can check the list below for an institution near you.

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Some of these schools even offer the possibility of getting a scholarship, for those who can’t afford to pay the tuition.

School NameAddress
Affordable Truck Driver Training LLC170 Franklin Smith Road, Moulton, AL 35650
Alabama Benz Driving Academy4300 Birmingham Highway, Montgomery, AL 36108
American Truck Driver Academy Inc5018 US Hwy 80 W, Opelika, AL 36804
Bevill State Community College Truck Driving School117 Main St., Sumiton, AL 35148
Bishop State Community College925 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36605
Calhoun Community College Decatur CampusPO Box 2216, Decatur, AL 35609
Central Alabama Community College1675 Cherokee Rd, Alexander City, AL 35011
Central Alabama Community College34091 US Hwy 280, Childersburg, AL 35044
Central Alabama Community College1009 South Street East, Talladega, AL 35160
ESD School, LLC2119 8th Avenue North, Bessemer, AL 35020
ESD School, LLC116 Ipsco Street Northwest, Decatur, AL 35603
H Councill Trenholm State Technical CollegeP.O. Box 10048, Montgomery, AL 36108
LBW Community College MacArthur Campus1708 North Main St, Opp, AL 36467
Marshall Technical School12312 US Hwy 431, Guntersville, AL 35976
Premier Driving Academy – Theodore, AL7601 Theodore Dawes Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Reid State Technical CollegePO Box 588, Evergreen, AL 36401
Shelton State Community College9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Southern Union Community College Opelika Campus1701 LaFayette Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801
Trenholm State Technical College1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36108
Truck Driver Institute4939 US Hwy 78 W, Oxford, AL 36203
Wallace State Community College-Hanceville801 Main St NW, Hanceville, AL 35077

Be aware that there are quite a few types of programs, and some of them teach diesel technology for the ASE certification.

Additionally, each program has a different duration but all of them are designed to help you pass the exam without which you can’t get the license.

The license exam is made of 2 parts, written and practical, as shown below.

Written exam subjects:

  • General knowledge
  • Combination vehicles
  • Air Brakes

The practical exam is formed of:

  • A pre-trip inspection test
  • The basic control skills test
  • On-road test, usually at a state testing location

It’s possible for some of the schools to allow the testing to take place at their location as soon as the program ends.

License Categories

Class A:

  • For a combination of vehicles with a gross weight of over 26,001 pounds
  • Can tow vehicles of over 10,000 pounds
  • Covers vehicles from Class B, C, and D

Class B:

  • For a single vehicle of over 26,001 pounds
  • For any vehicle towing another one under 10,000 pounds
  • Covers vehicles from Class C and D

Class C:

  • For vehicles designed to carry at least 16 passengers (including the driver) OR
  • For vehicles designed to transport Hazardous Materials
  • These vehicles don’t meet the Class A or B criteria
  • Covers vehicles from Class D too.

Employment Opportunities

Truck drivers are still in high demand and O*Net foresees an increase in demand of:

  • 20% for truck drivers
  • 13% for diesel mechanics

Income

Commercial drivers in Alabama earn on average about $41,439 per year, while those in the top 10% earn about $48,025 per year.

The median salary in the United States for these drivers is $44,225 while those in the top 10% make around $51,254 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$36K
$41K
$48K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Birmingham$41,872
Montgomery$39,661
Mobile$40,938
Huntsville$41,837
Tuscaloosa$41,463
Dothan$39,130
Decatur$40,558
Auburn$39,646
Madison$41,837
Florence$38,138

Conclusion

The work environment for both CDL or diesel technology certificate owners is the same.

These professionals are sought by both local and national trucking companies.

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