Everything You Wanted to Know About How To Get a CDL (Start Here)

Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered the complete process of getting a CDL with topics such as what class of CDL you’ll need all the way to the exciting job opportunities that come after gaining some experience as a professional driver.     There’s a lot of useful information, so we want to include some quick links to make it easy to find everything with just one click.  Read below for a brief overview on each article along with a link to the full post. 

Covering the Basics – Getting a CDL

First we started out with the How/What/Why of Getting a CDL license.  In this article, we answered our most frequently asked questions and covered the basics of how to actually get a commercial driver’s license.  This includes reviewing the different classes of CDLs and what must be done to get each one.  Get started with the basics here.

Then we took a look at the 2 different ways to get a CDL.  In this post, we presented both options – do it on your own or get CDL training. We also discussed some things to think about when making the decision on which way to go.  For anyone unsure on the best way to get a CDL, this is a must-read post.

Finally, we wrapped up the first week by diving deeper into some of the pitfalls that come along with taking the do-it-yourself approach to getting a CDL license.   While taking the DIY approach may seem attractive in terms of cost and time, these pitfalls can catch a driver by surprise real quick.  Take a look at this post to make sure these don’t sneak up on you.

CDL Training – What’s It All About?

In the next part of our series, we took a closer look at CDL training.  First things first, we opened up with the top 10 reasons to choose company sponsored CDL training.  In this post we listed some of the most popular reasons and asked you (our readers) to tell us which matter most.  Get the rankings here.

Next we answered 2 very critical questions – how much is CDL training & how do I pay for it?  It turns out there’s more than one way to pay for training so understanding the options ahead of time is definitely a good thing.  Review the different payment options in our post here.

To bring it all together, we pointed out the importance of having a job opportunity after training is complete.  While this is really what CDL training is all about (learning the skills to start a new career), often times the job opportunity piece of the pie is an afterthought.  We’ll tell you why it shouldn’t be here.  

Company Sponsored CDL Training & Career Benefits

During the 3rd installment of our series, we further explore the benefits of going through a company sponsored CDL training program and becoming a truck driver.  It all starts with a post about the 3 ways CDL training makes a driver prettier.  And by prettier we mean more attractive to potential employers.  Go here to see what we’re talking about.

Next we take a look at why getting a CDL is an investment.  Not a financial investment, but an investment in a driver’s future.  Getting a CDL is the first step toward a career full of opportunity and it’ll pay off in more ways than one.   Find out some of the ways getting a CDL pays off in this post.

Last but not least, we share some of the successes and achievements drivers have seen since getting a CDL.  For some it’s all about being able to provide for family and for others it’s being able to see parts of the country many will only dream of.  Whatever the reason, getting a CDL allows drivers to accomplish great things and take pride in doing so.  Read some of our favorite reasons here.  

Ready to Hit the Road?

Now that you’ve learned all about getting a CDL, it’s time to get started.  It all begins with the online application.  Take just a few minutes to give us some basic information and you’ll be able to schedule a time to speak with a representative from Driver Solutions who will help you get started and answer any questions. 

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