CDL Schools in Alaska (Top Programs Listed)

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CDL Schools in Alaska

Alaska has many job opportunities for those who enjoy driving or working on trucks.

However, to enter the field, you’ll have to first get certified.

When to get a CDL

CDLs are regulated at the federal level.

You’ll need a CDL when driving one of the following:

  • The vehicle weighs more than 26,000 pounds
  • The vehicle is loaded with hazardous materials
  • A bus made for more than 16 people.

Requirements:

  • Be at least 19 years old (21 if you want to drive tour buses)
  • Have a driver’s license valid in Alaska, for at least 1 year
  • Pass the exams, including the medical ones
  • Pass a background check (for some endorsements)

The endorsements are special certifications that allow you to drive specific vehicles.

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For instance, you’ll need the hazardous materials endorsement when transporting these.

Be aware that sometimes, there are restrictions applying at times, for instance, when learning how to drive with passengers, you can’t actually have passengers in the vehicle.

Getting Your Certification

The license allowing you to drive or service trucks are easily obtained from a specialized school.

Most of the schools in Alaska even offer scholarships for those who can’t afford the tuition fee, so have a look at the institutions below.

School NameAddress
Alaska Driving Academy44332 Sterling Hwy #16, Soldotna, AK 99669
Alaska Safe Driver Academy LLC4000 W Dimond Blvd #220, Anchorage, AK 99502,
Alaska Teamster - Employer Service Training Trust520 E 34th Ave Ste 201, Anchorage, AK 99503
Center for Employment Education520 E. 34th Avenue, Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99503
Center for Employment Education751 Old Richardson Highway, Suite 127, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Cherokee Riders 944 Cowles St, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Drivers' Educational School, Inc.4007 Old Seward Hwy Suite #350, Anchorage, AK 99503,
Ilisagvik College100 Stevenson Street, PO Box 749, Barrow, AK 99723
Kenai Peninsula Driving Instruction LLC14896 Kenai Spur Hwy Suite 106A, Kenai, AK 99611
Northern Industrial Training1740 N Terrilou Ct, Palmer, AK 99654
Northern Industrial Training3700 Centerpoint Dr, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99503
Vocational Training & Resource Center3239 Hospital Dr, Juneau, AK 99801

Some of the institutions may offer a second scholarship on top of the one already earned, so make sure to check out those options.

Some of the programs include:

  • diesel technology
  • heavy duty mechanics
  • marine technology.

Pay attention to the Occupational Endorsement as it’s a 2-semester program that prepares the students for entry-level jobs.

This type of training is perfect for those who already know the career path they want to follow.

If you’re not yet decided, you can choose to enroll in a 2-year program that will award you an Associate’s diploma instead.

Depending on the program, up to 60% of the time you’re enrolled is spent on hands-on experience.

When the program ends, you’ll have to pass a test that is usually formed of 2 parts:  one part for skills and the other for knowledge.

Income

Commercial drivers in Alaska earn on average about $49,576 per year, while those in the top 10% earn about $57,455 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.

You can increase your earnings if you get the ASE certification.

Annual Salary Range:
$43K
$49K
$57K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Anchorage$49,231
Fairbanks$49,143
Juneau$48,749
Sitka$48,086
Ketchikan$48,086
Wasilla$48,568
Kenai$48,568
Kodiak$48,568
Bethel$48,568
Palmer$48,568

Conclusion

There are plenty of companies in search of people with a trucking or diesel diploma, and they can work at repair shops, leasing centers or trucking companies as diesel mechanics or drivers.

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