CDL Program

Commercial Driver License (CDL)

Bitterroot College Commercial Driver License (CDL) program is a Workforce Training program which does not require college admission.

The 160-hour CDL 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).

Bitterroot College CDL Program consists of 120 hours of classroom/field lab instruction and 40 hours of driver training (driver training is scheduled separately from classroom/field lab instruction).

Application, Cost, Dates, and Deadlines

Next Program Offering

  • Application/Fee Deadline: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
  • Program Start Date: July 13 - July 31, 2020
  • Program Fee: $5,750 (see Program Information for fee assistance options)

Download Program Information and Application

Future Program Dates

  • Future Program Start Date: October 2020

Employment Outlook

Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Driver jobs are predicted to grow nationally by 6% between 2016 and 2026 and in Montana by 4% between 2016 and 2026. The median national annual salary for Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers is $43,680; in Montana, the median annual salary is $43,400. For more employment information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, Projections Central, and Montana's Informational Wage Rates by Occupation.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there an age limit for obtaining a Commercial Driver License (CDL)?
Yes. An applicant must be at least 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit for obtaining a CDL, however, an applicant must be able to pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. For more information, visit Montana Department of Justice at Commercial Driver Licensing and DOT at Physical Qualifications (Part 391) or refer to the Montana Commercial Driver License Manual.

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.

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.

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.

Questions?
Lea Guthrie
Continuing Education Director
(406) 541-3187