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CDL Truck Driving/Training School

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 or (256) 306-2928

2017-2018 CDL Training Calendar

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
January 8 - February 2, 2018
Monday - Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Decatur Campus
February 3 - March 25, 2018
Saturday-Sunday, 7:00am-5:30pm
Huntsville Campus

Class Information:

Training Cost

$2,950.00 for Class A or B License (please see below for all costs associated with program)*

Duration

160 hours

Location

Decatur Campus (map)

6250 US Hwy 31 N
Decatur, AL
Center for Business and Industry Training
Room 105

Huntsville Campus (map)

102 Wynn Drive NW
Huntsville, AL
Building 1
Room 319

Instructors/Examiners

Mary Smith
(256) 366-4810

Chasity Phillips
(256) 366-5954

*Costs Breakout

(see Pricing Sheet)

Training -- $2,950.00 (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 (Medical East, Athens)

Admission Requirements

Students entering the CDL Truck Driving Program must have a valid driver’s license, be at least twenty-one (21) years of age for a class “A” CDL, and successfully pass a DOT physical, a chain of custody drug screen, and present a current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

Registration Steps

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

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.

Pay with Debit or Credit Card

Click here to register and pay online

2. Register and Pay

Click here to register and make your payment online. We accept debit and credit cards: Online Registration

3. Documentation

The long form physical, drug screen, and motor vehicle report (MVR) must be dated within 30 days of the first scheduled class day.

Submit a copy your documentation at least one week prior to the start of class to the Calhoun CDL Office:

  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Motor vehicle report (MVR)
  • Long form physical
  • Chain of custody drug screen
There are three easy ways to submit your documentation:
MAIL:
CDL Office
Calhoun Community College
P.O. Box 2216
Decatur, AL 35609-2216
FAX:
(256) 306-2929
EMAIL:
donna.bass@calhoun.edu
jillian.christensen@calhoun.edu

Note: While enrolled in the CDL Truck Driving Program, students must obtain the Alabama Commercial Drivers Learner’s License and are subject to DOT random drug testing.
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).

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.

Refresher Training

Refresher training may be scheduled for those who already hold a valid CDL driver’s license. Click on the link below to register for the training:

Applicants will need to provide a copy of the following documentation at least one week prior to the start of class. Documentation may be provided by mail, fax, or email.

  • CDL License
  • Social Security Card
  • Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)
  • Medical Card
  • Chain of Custody Drug Screen

Refund Policy

Calhoun Community College reserves the right to cancel, postpone, limit enrollment, and change instructors and/or locations when necessary.

Should a class cancel due to insufficient enrollment; you will be notified by email and/or phone. At that time, you have the option of receiving a full refund or selecting another course.

Full refunds are issued if Calhoun Community College cancels a program/class due to insufficient enrollment or if the student withdraws from the program/class at least two business days prior to the first class meeting. No refunds will be given once the class begins.

To withdraw from a class, students should notify the CDL Office by emailing us at donna.bass@calhoun.edu. Please note that failure to attend class does not constitute proper withdrawal.

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 for more information.

Third Party Testing 

Calhoun Community College provides Third Party Skills Testing for individuals that have successfully completed the Third Party knowledge/written test, and have had a learner’s permit at least 14 days. To schedule a test:

  1. Click the appropriate link below to register and pay for your skills test:
  2. Email the CDL office at donna.bass@calhoun.edu or jillian.christensen@calhoun.edu to schedule your Third Party Skills Test. We require the following information to schedule your appointment:
    • Name
    • Phone Number
    • Alabama Driver’s License Number
    • Date the Learner’s Permit was Issued
    • Date of Birth
    • Class A or B
    • Manual or Automatic Truck
    • College-Provided Vehicle or Personal Vehicle for testing
    Note: When scheduling your appointment and using the college-provided vehicle, you have a choice between the automatic or manual truck. If you choose the automatic, you will have an automatic restriction on your commercial license.
  3. Upon receipt, we will email you with the date and time of your test.
  4. Bring the following to your skills test:
    • Driver’s License
    • Current Medical Card (make sure it has not expired)
    • Receipt for the payment of the Skills Test

Below is the address for the testing location. Turn right into Gate 4 of the gated test site.

20812 County Road 45
Tanner, AL 35671

Note: In the event of inclement weather, skills tests may be rescheduled. You will be notified by email. Please email our office to confirm your appointment.
Skills Test Lot Map
Pre-trip Study Guide

Third Party Skills Re-Testing

Third Party Skills Re-Tests may be scheduled for individuals that need to re-test on the pre-trip inspection, backing, and/or road test. To schedule a re-test:

  1. Click the appropriate link below to register and pay for your skills test:
  2. Email the CDL office at donna.bass@calhoun.edu  or jillian.christensen@calhoun.edu  to schedule your Third Party Skills Test.
  3. Upon receipt, we will email you with the date and time of your test.
  4. Bring the following to your skills test:
    • Driver’s License
    • Current Medical Card (make sure it has not expired)
    • Receipt for the payment of the Skills Test
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.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, skills tests may be rescheduled. You will be notified by email. Please email our office to confirm your appointment.
Pre-Trip Study Guide

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Download the CDL Brochure

Contact Info:
Donna Bass
donna.bass@calhoun.edu
256-260-2462