Congratulations! You have finished your CDL Training and are we assume you are ready to take on the next step. However, before you are ready to get out on your own, there are a few more steps you need to complete. Make sure you check these items off your list.
1. Finish your Licensing Process
Once you graduate from CDL school, you will still have some fees you need to pay to finish the licensing process. Be sure to research the fees in your state and plan accordingly.
- Learner’s Permit for CDL
- Road Portion of the CDL test
- Written Portion of the CDL test
- Cost of the actual CDL license
- Each endorsement you earn.
2. Pass Your CDL Exam
You must pass your state CDL exam. Each state has its own exam for CDL drivers, so be sure you understand the specifics of your test. There will be a written exam and a driving exam. It is always a good idea to study ahead of time for the exam. Consider studying for 30 – 60 minutes a day to make this a much less stressful experience. There are free online practice tests to familiarize yourself with the test and make sure you are prepared accordingly.
3. Join a Carrier Company
Your next step is to sign with a trucking company. This decision may already be made while in CDL school because some companies sign students before they graduate. Some students decide to sign with other companies. Either way, be sure to consider details such as salary, tuition reimbursement, benefits, and more. Talk with experienced drivers about what companies they would recommend.
4. Complete Company-Specific Training
Once you are signed with a company, you will most likely have company-specific advanced training to complete. Once you understand the more advanced driving techniques, you will be paired with a trainer who will further fine-tune your training. The trainer will determine when you are ready to hit the road. The extra bonus is that many companies will pay during this period.
5. Driving Style
Many companies will require you to drive OTR (over-the-road) for at least a year before hiring you for a local position. Additionally, you will most likely have to drive solo for a year before you can welcome a passenger into your truck. After your first year is complete however, you should have more driving options to choose from .
When you are ready to start your CDL career, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you every step of the way.