A professional driving job means freedom, flexibility and solid earning potential—whether you are looking for your first or fourth career. It's not for everyone, but if you think it may be for you, Virginia College is the place to start, with a four-week Commercial Driver License (CDL-A) training course that will have you in the cab of a tractor-trailer combination in the second week of school!
If you enjoy life on the move, the answer is yes! Usually, earning potential is up to the individual driver; the more you drive, the more you make! And husband/wife driving teams have the advantage of keeping the truck operating more hours, which increases the potential for better pay.
Virginia College in Birmingham's CDL Combination Truck Driver Training graduates discuss their ambitions and what they learned in the program.
If you think truck driving might be a good career choice, you should know this: in some cases, formal training could reduce the time it takes for an employee to achieve top pay and higher-quality driving assignments. And, since CDL requirements are complex and formal training is desired by many employers, companies often prefer to hire drivers trained by schools they know and trust. Once you complete this four-week Virginia College course, our Career Development team will assist you in seeking a job with a number of transportation companies that need drivers.
This program is designed for working people who need a flexible schedule. Over the four-week period, students will log 160 clock-hours in this course. Classes are 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
After the first week, during which you'll learn the rules of the road and test for your permit exam (allowing you to drive under the supervision of a certified instructor), you and up to three classmates will spend much of your time in the cab of our full-sized, specially equipped training truck.
The tuition for this commercial driving school program includes everything needed for your CDL training:
The course includes training on:
This four-week course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to acquire a state-issued CDL-A class license (Commercial Driver License) in Alabama. This licensure is required to drive combination tractor-trailers. The course is designed by experts and taught by qualified instructors. In fact, the maneuvers course was designed with the assistance of an official at the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Classroom lectures emphasize CDL permit preparation, general knowledge, air brake systems, combination vehicles, operating practices, state rules, regulations, and guidelines as outlined by FMCSR (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations).
On-the-road operating practices are integrated into the development of driving skills and safety. The course will familiarize students with:
Classes start on a continuing basis, and there's one forming now. Fill out the More Information Form now and get your professional driver career rolling!
1 The median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $41,340 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,140. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm (visited October 19, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.
The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.
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