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Commercial Driver License (CDL)  

Helena College is committed to putting quality drivers on the road by providing a comprehensive CDL truck driver training program, using curriculum standards that address skills, theory/knowledge, tasks, and duties that are required by entry-level commercial motor vehicle drivers. This program prepares students to obtain their Class A Manual Transmission Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Theory - 90 hours (Includes lab time)
• Basic Operation
• Safe Operating Procedures
• Advanced Operating Practices
• Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions
• Non-Vehicle Activities
• Log books
• Air Brake Restrictions

Behind The Wheel - 30 Hours
Times/Dates: To be arranged with instructor after successfully passing Learner’s Permit exam
• Class A CDL students must have 30 hours of BTW time in a combination of range and road with a minimum of 10 hours of “vehicle maneuvers/skills/range” and 10 hours of “road” time.
• Class B CDL students must have a minimum of 15 hours of BTW driving with at least 7 hours on the public road.
• Endorsements: Other endorsements may be available upon request such as; Doubles/Triples, Tank, and HAZMAT.

• Valid Class C Driver’s License
• Be at least 18 years-old for intrastate; 21 years-old interstate
• Obtain a DOT Physical through a DOT Certified Medical Examiner ($60-$150)
   o Click HERE for a listing of local DOT Certified Medical Examiners
   o Attach Certified Medical Examiner’s proof of DOT Physical to program application
• Pass DOT drug test (no earlier than 1 week before class start, prices vary)
   o Schedule by contacting Drug Information Systems, Inc. or call directly: 406-444-5001
• Pass criminal background check
   o Click HERE and under Public Users click on Start Service
   o Cost is $14.50; pay online with eCheck, credit card, or debit card
   o Print background check document and attach to program application
• Have a clean driving record
   o Click HERE and choose Public User and select 1- to obtain my own driving record
   o Cost is $7.25; pay online with eCheck, credit card, or debit card
   o Print motor vehicle record document and attach to program application

Pre-Registration Orientation
If you are interested in the course and considering registration, you will be required to attend one of the CDL Orientation Sessions. In the Orientation, you will learn more about the class and application process, employment opportunities, and other important considerations. There are two sessions scheduled: Wednesday, May 12; 1:30-2:30pm OR Monday, May 24; 1-2pm.

These are to be turned in to the Continuing Education office after attending an Orientation session. Click here to print application or you may pick up a copy in person at the college: 1115 N. Roberts, Room 113.

Need more information?
1115 North Roberts - Room 113
Helena, Montana 59601
Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Director Ryan Loomis

Summary of Important Dates

Wednesday, May 12 First Orientation Session
Monday, May 24 Second Orientation Session
Thursday, May 27 Application Deadline - includes copy of current license, background check, driving history and physical. Once these items are submitted and accepted, you will then make your appointment for a Drug Screening.
Tuesday, June 1 Full Payment/Funding approval due
Monday, June 7 Class Start


Commercial Driver License (CDL) Training
Date: 6/7/2021 - 7/15/2021 Instructor: Mark Meyer
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Bldg: Airport Campus Room: 204
Days: M Tu W Th Sessions: 24 Location: 2300 Airport Road Helena, MT 59601
Fee: $3,800.00
Monday - Thursday evenings for classroom and lab sessions. Drive time will be scheduled according to instructor/student availability.
Must complete application and orientation session before registering for this class. See class info for details.

Commercial Driver License (CDL) Training  
Class is already in session, but may be offered again soon. Please click on course title for more detailed info.
Days: M Tu W Th Instructor: Mark Meyer
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM  
Fee: $3,800.00  


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