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 Program Offering in Hamilton:
80 hours of classroom instruction in Hamilton; 5 days of driver training in Hamilton

  • Application and Fee Submission Deadline is Wed, Jan 3, 2018, for Program Start Date of Mon, Jan 8, 2018

►  Download Program Information and Application

NEW! Loans available for CDL students through Ravalli County Federal Credit Union
Call 406.363-4631 and ask for a Loan Officer for details and application

Next Program Offerings via Mobile School
80 hours of classroom instruction at mobile location; 5 days of driver training in Hamilton

  • Location:  Great Falls College MSU
    • Application and Fee Submission Deadline is Wed, Oct 18, 2017, for Program Start Date of Mon, Oct 23, 2017

►  Download Great Falls College MSU Program Information and Application

  • Location:  Highlands College of Montana Tech (Butte)
    • Application and Fee Submission Deadline is TBA, for Program Start Date of TBA

►  Download Highlands College UM (Butte) Program Information and Application

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IMPORTANT:  CDL Program is a Continuing Education Program and does NOT require college admissions.

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Bitterroot College CDL Program is a member of the
National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS)

Contact Information

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

Employment Outlook

Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Driver jobs are predicted to grow nationally by 5 percent between 2014 and 2024 and in Montana by 14 percent between 2014 and 2024. The median national annual salary for Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers is $40,260; in Montana, the median annual salary is $41,440. For more employment information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Montana Job Projections 2014-2024.

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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.