CDL Entry Level 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 median pay for a commercial truck driver is $48,500 per year. At Bates, you can earn your certificate of training Class B CDL with endorsements in just one quarter (Only the Class B option is offered in Spring Quarter 2023). Students train in three axle tractors Class A CDL (10-speed and 13-speed manual transmissions, 10-speed Auto Shifts, 28-53 foot trailers) Class B CDL Box Trucks 6-speed manual or Auto-Shift Transmissions. Students begin on a commercial truck simulator (Class A) and then progress to behind-the-wheel driving. Students learn logbooks, receive atlas training, and complete weight distribution, truck terms, workbook exercises and backing exercises. Earn your Class B CDL and get a job driving local (intrastate) or cross-country (interstate). Hazmat classes are also offered. NOTE: Only Class B CDL is offered. Please check the online class schedule for dates and times.

Contact Information:

Jason Carroll, Career Advisor

South Campus

7:30AM - 3:00PM

  • 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 Class B 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: 

  • Five Week Certificate of Training – Class B CDL
  • Class size: six per cohort. Two cohort starts per quarter. 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 four Class B box trucks
  • 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:

  • Certificate of Training: 1 quarter

Faculty and Other Contact Information:

Bob Gunter

253.680.7486

bgunter@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:
    • One quarter Certificate of Training
    • Maximum class size: 10
    • 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 7 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:
    • 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

Class A CDL Program

Prerequisites – Applicants must:

  1. *Pass their three learners permit tests already at the DOL (General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles);
  2. Possess a valid Washington state driver’s license;
  3. Have a driving record with no DUI, negligent, reckless, or hit-and-run infractions within the past five years;
  4. Have no more than three moving violations in the past 36 months (a state vehicle operating requirement);
  5. Be able to pass the Federal Department of Transportation physical exam and drug screen;
  6. Be a minimum of 18 years of age to enroll in local commercial driving;
  7. Be a minimum of 21 years of age to enroll in long-haul commercial driving;
  8. Have their DOL driver’s record printed out;
  9. Have their DOT Medical Certificate.

Class B CDL Program

Prerequisites – Applicants must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Have a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  3. Have a High School Diploma or GED
  4. Not have been convicted of a felony within the last five years.
  5. Have a DOT Medical Certificate valid for one year or longer without a waiver.
  6. Have an acceptable WA DOL motor vehicle driving record (reviewed and approved by the instructor).
  7. Have the ability to pass the required drug and marijuana & alcohol screening (college provided, at the clinic).

*Class B: to get your learner permit, you only have to have the general knowledge and airbrake, not the combination.

The CDL Entry Level Driver Training program is not eligible for financial aid. If you do not wish to self-pay, please contact our financial aid office to explore the eligibility criteria of alternative financial assistance sources.

Class A (not offered at this time)

Student tuition:

  • Approximately $3,488.30

Fees:

  • DOT medical certificate: approximately $125
  • Commercial Learners Permit (CLP), taken at DOL:  $80
  • DOL driving record: $13

Class B

  • Tuition and fees, resident: $1,110.24
  • Tuition and fees, non-resident: $2,612.56
  • CDL knowledge test: $35
  • CDL skills test: $250
  • Driving record: $13
  • Learners permit: $35
  • Drug test: $77.50
  • Fuel cost $45x8cr: $360

The total cost of Class B program:

  • Resident: $1,880.74
  • Non-Resident: $3,383.06

 

  • National Median Salary: $45,260
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 209,200

This information is based on data from O*Net, captured on June 2021.

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