Commercial Driver Training

Get behind the wheel and gain hands-on Commercial Truck Driving experience!

The roads are wide open for those wishing to become commercial truck drivers! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean average pay for a commercial truck driver is $60,210 per year. At Bates, you can earn your certificate of training Class A or B CDL with endorsements. Students train in three axle tractors and trailers. Box trucks for Class B.  Students learn logbooks, receive atlas training, and complete weight distribution, truck terms, workbook exercises and backing exercises. Earn your CDL and get a job driving local (intrastate) or cross-country (interstate). Hazmat classes are also offered. NOTE: Please check the online class schedule for dates and times.

Contact Information:

Jason Carroll, Career Advisor

South Campus

7:30AM - 2:30PM

  • Get the skills you need for the career you want.

More about the program:

Students prepare for entry-level employment as commercial truck drivers with the goal of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with endorsements. Training takes place in classrooms, on Bates’ truck driving range, and on the road, using a variety of equipment.

Note: 

  • 10 Week Certificate of Training – Class A
  • Five Week Certificate of Training – Class B
  • See the class schedule for class dates and times.
  • Enrollment points: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
  • This certificate offers primarily face-to-face instruction with some online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses.
  • Commercial truck driving boasts six Class B box trucks, seven Class tractors (Automatic & Manual), seven trailers (28′ and 53′)
  • Students are responsible for taking care of, DOL fees, including driving records, medical cert., permit fees, and skills tests at the DOL.
  • Full-time CDL training program with a very high pass rate.

 

 

Degrees & Certificates:

  • Cert. Training: Commercial Truck Driving Class A
  • Cert. Training: Commercial Truck Driving Class B
  • CIP: 49.0205

Program Lengths:

  • Class A: 10 weeks
  • Class B: 5 weeks

Faculty and Other Contact Information:

Bob Gunter

253.680.7486

bgunter@batestech.edu

Jon (Jack) Baker

253.680.7480

jon.baker@batestech.edu

Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

  • Description:

    Plan Code: TBDCTC20

    • 5-week Certificate of Training
    • Maximum class size:6
    • Enrollment point: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
    • This certificate offers primarily face-to-face instruction with some online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses. See course descriptions for details.
    • Commercial truck driving boasts 5 class A trucks, 7 trailers, and a closed course CDL driving range.
    • Fees include driving record, Medical cert., Permit fees, skill test, and CDL issurance.
    • Full time CDL training program with very high pass rate.
    Required Courses

    Commercial Truck Driving Class A Certificate of Training (21 Credits)

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    TRUCK201CDL Testing Introduction1
    TRUCK202CDL Simulator1
    TRUCK203Atlas, Logs, Hours of Service1
    TRUCK204Hazardous Materials Safety Training2
    TRUCK205Yard Operations3
    TRUCK206Pre-Trip Training3
    TRUCK207Range Driving3
    TRUCK208Backing Exercises3
    TRUCK209Road Driving2
    TRUCK210Proficiency and CDL Testing2
  • Description:

    Plan Code: TBDCBC01

     
    • Five Week Certificate of Training
    • Maximum class size: Six students. Two class starts per quarter. See class schedule for class dates and times.
    • Enrollment point: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
    • This certificate offers primarily face-to-face instruction with some online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses.
    • Commercial truck driving boasts 6 Class B box trucks.
    • Fees include driving record, Medical cert., Permit fees, skill test, and CDL issurance
    • Full time CDL training program with very high pass rate.
    Required Courses

    Commercial Truck Driving Class B Certificate of Training (8 Credits)

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    TRUCK120Commercial Truck Driving - Class B8

Commercial Truck Driving Program

Prerequisites – Applicants must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Have a valid Washington State Driver’s License
  3. Have an acceptable WA DOL motor vehicle driving record (reviewed and approved by the instructor)
  4. Have a driving record with no DUI, negligent, reckless, or hit-and-run infractions within the past five years
  5. Have no more than three moving violations in the past 36 months
  6. Not have been convicted of a felony within the last five years
  7. Have a DOT Medical Certificate valid for one year or longer without a waiver
  8. Have the ability to pass the required drug and marijuana & alcohol screening (college provided, at the clinic)
  9. Have acceptable identification and right to work documents (Federal requirement for Department of Licensing)

Please contact our financial aid office to explore the eligibility criteria for financial assistance sources.

Class A

Student tuition:

  • Tuition resident: Class A ~ $4,500; Class B ~ $3,500.00
  • Tuition, non-resident: $2,612.56

Costs directly paid by student:

  • DOT medical certificate: approximately $125
  • Commercial Learners Permit (CLP), taken at DOL:  $80
  • DOL driving record: $13
  • CDL knowledge test: $35
  • CDL skills test: $175

 

  • National Median Salary: $60,210
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 89,300

This information is based on data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, captured on October 2023.

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