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Industrial Skills Continuing Education

Commercial Driver License (CDL)

This program teaches students basic truck driving skills, introducing students to the field of heavy-duty trucking. Safety is emphasized as well as equipment knowledge and State and Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations. Curriculum includes CTTS/NSCSI CDL Study Manual. Field training and testing is conducted on a one-to-one basis. Program prepares students for a Montana Type 1 Certification Class A License (inter-state). If student is 18 to 21, he/she prepares for a Montana Type 2 Certification Class A License (intra-state).

Next Application and Fee Submission Deadline is Wednesday, July 2, 2014
for Program Start Date of Monday, July 14, 2014

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Contact Information

Scott Ralston, CDL Program Director
(406) 375-0100 

Employment Outlook

The trucking industry currently has a high-demand for entry-level drivers, with the pay scale ranging from $35,000 to $50,000 annually for long-haul companies to $75,000 to $100,000 for oil-field truck drivers. All components of the trucking industry are experiencing a driver shortage, and the 10-year model calls for the shortage to continue as veteran drivers retire and freight concerns increase.  For more employment information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Is there an age limit for obtaining a Commercial Driver License (CDL)?
  2. Does a Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) qualify an individual to drive a Class B vehicle?
    • Yes. A Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) qualifies the driver to drive all Class B vehicles (dump truck, cement truck, straight delivery truck, etc) except for those Class B vehicles which require a passenger or school bus endorsement. For more information, visit Montana Department of Justice at Commercial Driver Licensing and Commercial License Endorsements.
  3. Does Bitterroot College offer a Class B-only Commercial Driver License (CDL) program?
    • No. The Bitterroot College Commercial Driver License (CDL) program is a Class A License program, which qualifies applicant to drive any Class B vehicle (dump truck, cement truck, straight delivery truck, etc.) except those Class B vehicles which require a passenger or school bus endorsement.  For more information, visit Montana Department of Justice at Commercial License Endorsements.
  4. What happens if a student does not pass the State Commercial Driver License (CDL) exam?
    • Remedial training is scheduled according to Bitterroot College availability. Remedial training cost is $75 per hour. Requisite remedial hours are at instructor's discretion (minimum four hours). State Commercial Driver License (CDL) exam rescheduling cost is $200.

The Bitterroot College thanks the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT) for providing the funding to develop this training opportunity. This training series falls under the TAACCCT grant title Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana’s Manufacturing and Energy Industries (SWAMMEI).