If you want to become a commercial driver and pursue the wide career field available to you with a CDL license, you will first need to complete a Class A CDL training program. Like with any type of schooling, there are actions you can take that will help increase your chances of success.
#1: Take Care of Your DOT Physical Exam
To get a CDL license, in addition to passing school, you are going to need to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam and receive a special card that shows you passed the physical.
Before you start school, you should take and pass the physical. That way, once you begin the training program, you can entirely focus on the training program. Taking the physical before also gives you time to fix your health issues if you fail the exam before you start the actual CDL training program.
#2: Be Truthful on Your Application
You don't need to have a perfect background to get your CDL license but being untruthful on your CDL training school application is an excellent way to get kicked out. It is better to be honest on your application, even if you feel the information isn't positive. Being honest pays off.
#3: Come Prepared to Class
This is not high school; you are paying to take these classes, so treat them seriously and like work, as passing your training can lead to a high-paying career. Before each class, make sure you have read the material that will be covered that day. Even better, read the material, outline the material, and write down any questions you may have. That way, you have a strong foundation for each class.
#4: Study Frequently
You will need to have to memorize and internalize a vast amount of information, which means you can't just show up to class; you need to study. Prepare beforehand for each class, and after class, review the material you just learned.
There are lots of ways to review material. You can make flashcards for key terms and facts you need to know. You can make an outline of all the material you learned. You can rewrite your notes from class. You can write a paper about what you learned or partner up with a classmate and take turns explaining the information to each other. Do what you need to do to internalize the information.
If you want to succeed in your CDL training program, take the DOT physical ahead of time and be truthful about your application history. Study and really internalize the information and prepare by reviewing the material to be covered before each class. It is important to retain the information as you will need to know this information to pass the CDL test and work as a commercial driver.