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A few days ago, our Safety Director, Len Dunman, posted information on the blog about getting you Alabama Metal Coil Certification.  Most of you have reviewed our new safety policy, and Len is going to reward you for acquiring this certification, by deducting points from your overall safety score.  I wanted to take some time to revisit this topic, and let you know what you need to do to get certified.

For those of you that do not know what this certification is for, in June of 2009, the state of Alabama started to required the Metal Coil Certification for any driver that was to unload or load a metal coil of any kind in the state.  This certification is not required to simply pass through the state of Alabama with a steel coil loaded on your trailer.

This certification can be acquired two ways.

1.  Go to www.metalcoiltraining.com.  Click on the yellow box that reads “Click here to purchase Alabama Metal Coil Training.  You will have to set up your account, by entering basic information, and also creating a username and password.  Be sure to write down your username and password! You will also be asked to submit your credit card information to pay the $25 fee.  Then you will have to complete two parts of the test.  The first is “General Cargo Securement”, and the second is strictly for coil securement.  You get 3 tries to pass both parts of the test.  Once you are finishes, you will have to complete a survey, and then you can view your certificate.

If you have access to a printer, you can print your certificate out, and sign it where it says “Student Signature”, then fax or trip pak it to our safety department.  Two Mercer officials must sign your certificate as well for it to be valid.  So once we receive the certificate, we will sign it, and fax or send it back to you.

If you do not have a printer, you can call Contractor Relations, and give us your usename and password, and we can print it out here in the office, sign it, and fax or mail it to you.  Once you get your certificate, you will have to sign the “Student Signature” section for it to be valid.

2.  The second option is to come to Louisville headquarters, and see Mark or myself in Contractor Relations, and we can set you up on one of our computers in house.   We can print it out here, get it signed for you, and you will be good to go!  P.S.  Mark and I do not know the answers to the test!

Please consider getting this certification.  We only have about 250-300 of our 2000 units with this certification.  Our Alabama agents are hungry to book some more coil freight in the state!  By the way, if you can get to our Birmingham office, and see Rich, he can let you use a computer to get it there as well.

Also by getting this certification, you can improve your safety score with Mercer!  If you have any questions, you can email me and Mark at cra@mercer-trans.com.  Have a great day, and GO MERCER!

P.S. – We were getting a discount of $10, through Indiana Motor Truck Association, but that is no longer active.  Cost for the Coil Cert is $25.

  1. Brandon
    February 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    How many points are you taking off?

  2. Kevin
    February 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    please reevaluate the requirement. it’s not just for “metal coils loaded or unloaded in Alabama, but anything in “coil form” such as spools of cable,rolls of paper ect.

  3. Lewis Eden, Unit # 10727
    February 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Jason, While getting the certification last week I discovered that they also require it for transporting reels of any kind of cable or wire.

    • Jason Schaftlein
      February 3, 2011 at 7:50 am

      You and Kevin are correct. It can be enforced on cable or wire that is on a metal reel.

  4. Jackie
    February 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    hey jason, we have customer that regularly offers coils to or from alabama also…if anybody is in our area or passing thru and would like to take the test, they’re welcome at our office as well.

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