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 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 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