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Old 01-23-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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Default Getting my CDL

Well I'm 21 now and can get my cdl. I went down and got my class A permit, and was wondering what options you guys know of for training/testing. I dont have much experience driving a manual in a heavy duty truck.

The only place I can find info on is Center for employment education. ITs going to be roughly $2700 for a 1 week course.

What other options are there?
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:28 PM   #2
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Call Gary's trucking over off of Dowling and the New Seward Highway.

I'm not sure what he charges now, but he will rent you a truck to do your test in, and go over the test with you the night before you road test.

He drops the truck off down town and you take it from there for your road test.

Very nice guy.

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Old 01-23-2008, 08:30 PM   #3
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Default Re: Getting my CDL

I was hoping for just a little practice beforehand.

But I may go with that.
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:33 PM   #4
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Practice will be hard to get without the CDL or taking one of the course's. Go with Gary, get your CDL and haul some snow to get some practice before summer.

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Old 01-23-2008, 09:16 PM   #5
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Default Re: Getting my CDL

teamster apprentice program is what I did, worked well for me, didnt pay a dime, got my full class A, doubles, triples, tanker ect, and now all i do is drive a class b truck.
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Old 01-23-2008, 11:03 PM   #6
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Default Re: Getting my CDL

I went through Gary's Trucking. At the time I think it cost me $400. Study your walkaround, that was the hardest part of the test for me. You can't miss many points. As far as driving, if you can drive and backup something like a 20' travel trailer, you should do fine on the driving test. Good luck.
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:25 AM   #7
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There is a huge misconception about CDL Licensing in this state, you CAN get your CDL when you are under 21. I have argued this with the head of the DMV and I have the license that is facing the under 21 way with a CDL yellow band acrossed it to prove it. IF you are over 19 you can drive in this state with a CDL. Now finally my opinion on your question, go with the teamster program. Gary's trucking is an option for those that already know how to drive, it's sounds like you are looking for more instruction than what Gary's would be.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:48 AM   #8
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yup, you can get a cdl in alaska at 18 but only instate. you cant go interstate untill 21. I had my class A with doubles in Wa, when I transfered up here I was in a hurry at the dmv so I did not take the cdl written. now its been to long and i have to do the whole thing over to get my AK CDL. been thinking about doing it. I like big trucks.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:54 AM   #9
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Dont forget with a CDL your under a whole new set of rules while in personal vehicles also ..
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