What is the process to become a CDL certified truck driver?

I am a 23 y/o male and I am wanting to get into the trucking industry. What is the process. I know I have to receive my CDL from the state I live in (Alabama) but what is the process of training and what is a good way to get in with a company since I have zero experience? What is the industry norm of a company paying for training? Also what seems to be the going average rate for a beginner driver? Thanks for your help.

Asked By: Daniel A - 12/20/2007
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There are a couple of ways to go about... More
Answered By: rotorhead - 12/20/2007
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call one of the companies who hire drivers, they usually put their number on the back of semi's they often time will help you through the process and tell you where to start.
Answered By: Chris B - 12/20/2007
find yourself a local communtiy college that has a driving school. after completion, hook up with a company you wish to drive for, they will usually reimburse the cost of the school as long as you stay with them for a certain length of time. then you must go thru an orientation process, usually 3 days worth. the you... More
Answered By: outlaw_biker53 - 12/20/2007
Many companies offer driver training. Still others work with truck driving schools. Twenty two years ago I went through a company school so my information may be a bit out of date... More
Answered By: ugly joe - 12/20/2007
Like Chris said, the best way is to call companies one of out time...all companies have a recruiting department. Just find a company thats local, and that offers good pay + good home time, and call them. Good Luck!!
Answered By: Brian - 4/20/2014
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