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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 Interview
If you are interested in the course and considering registration, please contact our office to schedule a pre-registration interview. We will talk in more detail about the class, employment opportunities, and other considerations. Interview deadline is two and a half weeks before course start. Click here for an application.Applications may also be picked up in person at the Continuing Education Office at Helena College, 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

2 ½ Weeks Out Interview Deadline (please note that interviews should be scheduled 2 days in advance)
1 ½ Weeks Out 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.
One Week Out Full Payment/Funding approval due
TBD Class Start


Commercial Driver License (CDL) Training
Days: M Tu W Th Sessions: 24 Time: 5:00 PM-9:30 PM
Fee: $3,800.00
Next course dates will be posted as soon as possible.
Monday - Thursday evenings for classroom and lab sessions. Drive time will be scheduled according to instructor/student availability.
Must complete application and/or interview before registering for this class.
See class info for details.


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