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More info on Alabama Coil Certification

ALABAMA METAL COIL TRAINING                                                                                                                        By Len Dunman

Effective June 1, any driver delivering coiled steel to a location in Alabama or picking up coiled steel from a location in Alabama must be certified to haul metal coils by Alabama. Mercer will not offer such loads to drivers who do not have the certification. The driver must go online and take a forty-five minute course, pass the test at the end, and be issued a certificate. Upon receiving the certificate, the driver MUST send it to the Safety Department to be counter signed. Mercer will make a copy of the counter signed certificate for the driver qualification file, note the driver’s computer screen concerning eligibility to load/unload coils in Alabama, and send the original back to the driver. The driver must keep the original certificate with him in the truck. There are two ways to obtain the certification online. The website is the same, but the Alabama class costs $25. A link is available to other states and the Indiana Motor Truck Association (of which Mercer is a member) is offering the same course to its member companies for $15. A credit card is required for either option. the procedure for either is the same as follows:

1) Alabama Metal Coil Training, $25: Go to www.metalcoiltraining.com and click on the box that says, “Click Here to purchase Alabama Metal Coil Training.” It will direct you to set up your account and then begin the test. Be sure all information fields are completed correctly;

2) IMTA training option, $15: Go to www.metalcoiltraining.com but instead of clicking on the Alabama box as above, scroll down to the US map below and click on the state of Indiana. You will be asked for a code and you should enter Indiana07. After that, you will be directed to set up your account and then go to the test.

Please note that for either option, you must set up your own account. Mercer does not have an account and will not handle direct billing or settlement deductions on this certification. This is each driver’s individual responsibility. If you have any questions, contact Jeff Gibson in Truck Inspections at extension 3128. Jeff has followed this process from the beginning and is most knowledgeable about it. It is important that this be done as soon as possible. Remember, the implementation date in Alabama is June 1.

Len Dunman

Safety Director

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  1. jeff madison
    May 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm | #1

    i took the test and it is pretty easy it is 2 parts. the first test is 8 questions and you can miss 2 and the 2nd test is 4 questions and you can miss one. if you go to the indiana motor carrier association website to take the test it is only 10 dollars not 15 from the alabama website. good luck everyone.

  2. Jason Schaftlein
    May 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm | #2

    Thanks for the info Jeff!

  3. Len Dunman
    May 5, 2009 at 9:40 am | #3

    Several drivers have now completed it with little hassle and equal success. One problem we’ve seen that teams need to be aware of: Don’t try to both log in at once (even paying two fees). It seems to lock things up. Best non-geek advice I can give is to do each test one at a time.

  4. Big John Kelsey
    May 26, 2009 at 11:12 pm | #4

    Len, will this also apply to the “skidded” coils that we pick up at the coil coaters?

    • Jason Schaftlein
      May 28, 2009 at 9:54 am | #5

      Skidded coils require certification as well John.

  5. pat valenti
    May 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm | #6

    will Alabama honor the New York State metal coil license endorsement?

    • Jason Schaftlein
      May 29, 2009 at 9:24 am | #7

      Alabama will not honor any other state metal coil license. You will need to get their certification, and as I said in a previous post, I think that other states will eventually follow Alabama on this, and start to require seperate certifications for each state. Hope that never happens, but I think that it will.

  6. John Patton
    June 4, 2009 at 10:49 am | #8

    what if you are not picking up or dropping but just traveling through.

    • Jason Schaftlein
      June 4, 2009 at 11:20 am | #9

      The certification is not required if you are traveling through the state without pick-up or drop-off.

      • John Patton
        June 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm | #10

        thanks

  7. steve
    June 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm | #11

    NY was working on a pilot program with the feds on a flatbed endorsement on our CDL; I wonder what happened with that?

    Bottom line is: Jason is right, in this revenue hungry era, this “certification” will spread like wild fire.
    Then they will start a fee war with no reciprocity amongst states.
    Just another nail in the coffin!

  8. patrick wireman
    July 8, 2009 at 10:22 am | #12

    can you just do the indiana one and save 5.00 and still be valid for alabama or do you need to do the alabama one. and does indiana also require a certification for them. in other words, do you need to take both test to be legal in both states or is indiana good for alabama and vice versa?

  9. rome
    November 16, 2009 at 7:32 pm | #14

    Does any know where i can get practice test on metal coil endorsement? That is how i was able to pass hazmat, double and trips and tanker
    please reply thanks

    • Jason Schaftlein
      November 17, 2009 at 8:30 am | #15

      I don’t know of a practice test for Alabama Coil Certification. There is an introduction before you take the test though.

  10. John Schoon
    November 19, 2009 at 11:27 am | #16

    You can take the test a couple of times while you are testing
    because there are sample questions before the exam. And if you miss one just go back aand do it over till you get it right. There is no penalty for redoing the test as long as you remain online with the Indiana Motor Truck Ass. test on line. Just make sure you have enough time to do. I did it on a 34 hour break.

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