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Lecture Class, 40 hours


Monday - Thursday, 6:00 am - 4:30 pm


Field Training, 120 hours


Monday - Thursday, 6:00 am - 4:30 pm




Please see main page for updated Fee. Fee includes driver's permit, driver's written test, license fee, and CDL road skills test





This intensive 160-hour course will assist students with preparation for the written portion of the Commercial Driver’s License at the Department of Licensing, and prepare students for the driving test with the DOL or a third-party Washington state tester. Through classes and on-the-road practice, you’ll learn to safely drive Class A combination vehicles, with additional study in airbrakes and driving double- and triple-trailer vehicles and tankers. This course will include 40 hours of classroom time to prepare for the written test.


The course will cover the following topics:

  • Air brakes
  • Combination vehicles
  • Doubles and triples
  • Tankers
  • Safety inspections
  • Safe driving techniques
  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Loading and unloading
  • Load securement
  • Weight distribution
  • Hours of service
  • Refrigerated trailers
  • Flatbed load securement
  • Mountain driving
  • City driving
  • Night driving
  • Coupling and uncoupling
  • Chain installation
  • Double trailers

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