The Value of Obtaining a CDL-A

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Besides being a division one athlete for four years, I would have to say obtaining my CDL-A was one of my toughest challenges to date. However, along with my college days, it has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling. The value of obtaining a CDL-A outweighs all of the hours and crazy days spent on the yard, reciting pre-trip information. So are you considering obtaining your CDL-A? Well, if so, here are just a few benefits below.

More opportunities

Obtaining a CDL-A will open the door to more tour and driving positions that require a CDL-A. Prior to obtaining my CDL-A, I executed tours in both a management and tour-member capacity. However, once I received my CDL-A, the opportunity to apply and obtain more management positions became a reality. Now, I’m not saying that having a CDL-A is a golden ticket. One still has to apply, interview, and be awarded an opportunity by an account or staffing manager, but from personal experience, I have reaped the benefits of being able to
interview for potential tour opportunities for which I was overlooked in the past.

Higher Compensation

Obtaining a CDL-A is an investment. Whether it is your time or, in many cases, funds, choosing to obtain this license will cost you. Making an investment to obtain your CDL-A should result in seeking higher compensation when applying for tour or management opportunities. Most, if not all CDL-A opportunities within the Experiential Marketing field, typically pay more than a tour management role that does not require a CDL-A. If you have chosen to invest in furthering your skills and have obtained the necessary experience to execute the tour or event you are seeking, then ensuring the compensation coincides with one’s experience is key. Most CDL-A tour positions begin at $1,300 a week. This will vary based on the roles and responsibilities assigned, so speaking with the account or staffing managers to develop a clear understanding of roles, responsibilities, and expectations prior to accepting the event or program is important.

Flexibility

Obtaining a CDL-A will open the door to creating flexibility. And I don’t just mean being able to pick the days or months you work. There are often CDL-A positions which require one to transport a vehicle or do a cross-country drive for a quick event turnaround. These opportunities are usually presented with last-minute notice but can provide the chance to supplement income in a short time frame. Both T and I love these opportunities because they can also provide a quick getaway.

So, if you’re deciding whether or not to take the class to obtain your CDL-A, you must first ask: “How do I plan to use it?” And will I maximize my potential? The class is not easy, and the willingness to attend and do what’s required despite any challenges has to start with YOU! As I, and other EXPs can attest, the benefits outweigh the challenges. 

Are you ready to obtain your CDL-A license but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you don’t have the funding to do so? You can download the FREE resource below and find some of my favorite online resources to get you started on the process!