Training in Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class A, Class B, and specific endorsements are now available. Training is hands-on and designed to get you out of the classroom and on the road fast. Be prepared to test for your license in just three-weeks!

Mid Michigan College's CDL Short-Term Training combines classroom and hands-on learning methods. You stay engaged, involved, and motivated throughout the training, and learn key functions of vehicle systems, including diesel engines, auxiliary systems, brakes, drive train coupling systems, and suspension systems.

Topics such as Federal and State requirements, safe and efficient operation, and the need for permits are also covered. Training wraps up with practice maneuvers and operations on a designated range and public roadway.

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Colleen D in the drivers seat of a truck.
"I've wanted to drive professionally for a while. It took me some time to make sure I was ready and my life was in order, but I'm here now. The training is fast-paced and keeps my interest — you won't be bored! The instructors are friendly, helpful, and always willing to review information or skills to help us improve and succeed."


CDL Training Details

Location | Mt. Pleasant Campus, Morey Technical Education Center

Days | Monday - Friday

Time | 8am - 4:30pm

2024 Upcoming Trainings

  • May 28 - June 14
  • June 10 - June 28
  • June 24 - July 12
  • July 8 - July 26
  • July 22 - August 9
  • August 5 - August 23
  • August 19 - September 6
  • September 16 - October 4
  • September 30 - October 18
  • October 14 - November 1
  • October 28 - November 15
  • November 11 - November 27 (longer schedule due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • November 25 - December 13
  • December 2 - December 20

Week 1: Virtual classroom training

  • During the first week of training students need to obtain their Commercial Learner's Permit from the Secretary of State. Students cannot continue to the driving portion of training until they have their permit.

Weeks 2 & 3: Behind-the-Wheel Driving Experience (80 hours)

Throughout the course, students are expected to spend 40 hours outside of the classroom for self-study time and homework.

Automatic and manual transmission trucks will be available for training. The use of automatic trucks is increasing in the trucking industry. Students who choose to train in an automatic truck, will have a restricted license.

All applicants must

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid Michigan driver's license
  • Must have a clean driving record with no license suspensions and less than 3 points in the last 3 years
  • Be able to read and speak English fluently
  • Must obtain a US DOT medical examination card
  • Must have a negative US DOT drug screen

Current tuition for CDL-A training is $4,900.

  • Includes all training materials, the cost of a commercial learner's permit and one attempt of the state road test.
  • Trainees must obtain the DOT medical exam and DOT drug screen at their own expense.

Mid's CDL program is not elgible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). Training costs may be significantly reduced or completely offset through Michigan Works! assistance programs. Contact your local Michigan Works! office to determine eligibility.

To register for these training opportunities, complete the registration form and select the training you are interested in completing. Mid's Technical Education Center team will contact you with training details.

CDL Class B | $1,900 | Freeland

This 40 hour program, which includes 2 days of virtual classroom training and 3 days of hands-on training, educates individuals with little or no experience how to correctly operate a Class B commercial vehicle.

The training consists of vehicle inspections, shifting gears, managing speed, and managing space. Instructors prepare drivers for real life situations that can occur during highway, urban, rural, and interstate driving. Trainees learn how to properly change lanes, complete traffic checks, and execute other driving techniques.

  • Includes all training materials, and the cost of a commercial learner's permit and one attempt of the state road test.
  • Trainees must obtain the DOT medical exam and DOT drug screen at their own expense.
  • Training is conducted in an automatic truck.

CDL B classes begin the same days as the CDL A classes listed above. Enrollments are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Use the form on the right, to register for training and we'll confirm your training dates with you after your registration is received.

To register for these training opportunities, complete the registration form and select the training you are interested in completing. Mid's Technical Education Center team will contact you with training details.

CDL Class B Passenger School Bus | $1,900 | Bad Axe - Huron Area Technical Center

  • Start Date June 10
    • Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11 - Classroom Training
    • Monday, June 17 - Wednesday, June 19 - Behind-The-Wheel Training

This five-day, 40-hour training seamlessly integrates virtual classroom instruction with practical behind-the-wheel experience, delivering comprehensive CDL training. The training includes two days of classroom and three days of in-the-truck training. Typical training days will be scheduled 8am - 4:30pm Monday – Friday.

The training consists of vehicle inspections, shifting gears, managing speed, and managing space. Instructors prepare drivers for real-life situations that may occur during highway, urban, rural, and interstate driving. Trainees learn how to properly change lanes, complete traffic checks, and execute other driving techniques.

  • Includes all training materials, and the cost of a commercial learner's permit and one attempt of the state road test.
  • Trainees must obtain the DOT medical exam and DOT drug screen at their own expense.

To obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B, trainees must meet certain requirements.

  • Age Requirement | Trainees must be at least 18 years old. Please note that if trainees plan to drive across state lines or transport hazardous materials, they must be at least 21 years old.
  • Driver’s License | Trainees should hold a valid non-commercial driver’s license issued by the State of Michigan.
  • Medical Certification | Trainees need to undergo a medical examination conducted by a certified medical professional. The examination ensures that you are physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. The results of the examination are documented on a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC).
  • Knowledge Tests | Trainees are required to pass written knowledge tests specific to the CDL Class B license and endorsements for passenger and school bus. These tests evaluate your understanding of general commercial driving regulations, vehicle operation, safety procedures, and more.
  • Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) | Before getting a CDL Class B, trainees will need to obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). The CLP allows you to practice driving a commercial vehicle under the supervision of a licensed CDL holder. To obtain a CLP, you’ll need to pass additional written tests related to general knowledge and specific endorsements, such as air brakes and passenger vehicles if applicable. Trainees must hold this for 14 days before they are eligible for taking the State of Michigan Driving Test.
  • Training Program | These programs provide comprehensive classroom instruction and hands-on training to help you develop the necessary skills for commercial driving. Training programs are required to meet the Entry Level Drivers Training (ELDT).
  • Skills Test | The final step is the CDL skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and an on-road driving test. Trainees must demonstrate their ability to perform various maneuvers and handle the commercial vehicle safely. The skills test is administered by a state approved examiner.
  • Additional Requirements | The school bus vehicle must be provided by the employer for the behind-the-wheel instruction and State CDL skills test.

These careers showcase the diverse range of opportunities available for individuals with a CDL-A or B license. Keep in mind that specific job requirements and regulations can vary, and some may require additional endorsements.

  • Truck Driver
    • Long-Haul (Over-the-Road) Truck Driver: Transport goods or cargo to one or more locations along your route, which typically spans thousands of miles. You usually drive a significant distance each day and may work in teams of two to provide nearly non-stop transportation of goods.
    • Regional Truck Driver: Operate within a specific region that typically covers a few states or about a 1,000 mile radius.
    • Local Truck Driver: Typically make deliveries within their own state and complete their routes within a single day.
  • Delivery Drivers: USPS, Amazon, FedEx, UPS
  • Moving truck driver
  • Waste Management Drivers
  • Propane Delivery Driver
  • Bus driver – may need passenger endorsement for certain employers
  • Heavy Equipment Hauler – typically working in a construction environment, hauling the equipment between job sites.
  • Construction Vehicle Operators: Dump Trucks, Cement Mixers, other large vehicles used on construction sites
  • Tow Truck Operator
  • Electrical Lineman
  • Mechanics
  • City Employees
  • Road Commissions
  • DNR


Mid's CDL training is offered in partnership with Regen Trucking School LLC.

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Wyatt B in the drivers seat of a truck.
"I pursued CDL-A training so I could add the skill to my resume. I graduated high school last year and am hoping to have a career at a local county road commission. The hands-on practice has been key for me during this training."


Conner V standing in front of a semi-truck.
"The instructor has been patient, understanding, and helpful. If we don't understand something he takes the time to explain without making us feel uncomfortable or unworthy. I want a career close to home and hope to have a career related to the excavating industry."


Department of Transportation Requirements

To obtain either the standard or enhanced CDL, federal regulations and Michigan law require all drivers who have a Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Presence in the United States when they apply, correct or renew their next CDL license.

You must be age 21 to drive a commercial motor vehicle across state lines (interstate). If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you will receive a license with a K restriction allowing you to drive a commercial motor vehicle in Michigan only.

Before you can obtain an original CDL, you must qualify for the license based on your driving record. Any of the following will disqualify you from obtaining a CDL:

  • Inability to make the necessary certifications contained on the CDL Certification Form, found in the Michigan Commercial Driver License Manual
  • Having a license from more than one state
  • A current suspension, revocation, denial, or cancellation of your license
  • Conviction of any six-point violation in the 24 months immediately preceding application
  • Conviction for operating a motor vehicle while impaired in the 24 months immediately preceding application
  • A suspension or revocation in the 36 months immediately preceding application
  • Suspensions for Failure to Appear in Court (FAC), Failure to Comply with a Judgment (FCJ), failure to appear for re-examination, financial responsibility, non-sufficient funds checks, and a suspension or revocation for a temporary medical condition do not disqualify an applicant for a CDL

  • A holder of a CDL must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye. The key here is correctable vision and that means eye glasses or contact lenses are OK.
  • A CDL driver cannot be a diabetic requiring needle-injected insulin. Diabetes controlled by diet may be permissible.
  • A driver’s blood pressure must be 140 over 90 or less for a 24 month DOT Medical Certificate.

In some instances, a prescription blood pressure drug can be used to control high blood pressure.

  • The blood sugar level must be under 200.
  • The use of a narcotic or any other habit forming drugs will prevent you from passing the DOT physical.
  • A current diagnosis of any cardiovascular disease or cardiac issues may require you to provide additional information from your doctor.

Additional blood pressure standards:

  • 140-159/90-99 – 12 month certificate
  • 160-179/100-109 – 3 month temporary certificate
  • Over 180/110 – DOT disqualifier

DOT Disqualifying Medical Conditions

Under FMCSA regulations (49 CFR 391.41), a medical examiner may not certify a driver who has a DOT disqualifying medical condition or uses a medication/substance that compromises the ability to drive safely. DOT disqualifying medical conditions include those that may lead to loss of consciousness or involve inadequate hearing or vision, a compromised nervous system, or physical limitations that interfere with driving ability. Drivers who are able to resolve a DOT disqualifying medical condition are allowed to seek re-certification, and frequently do.

Primary list of DOT disqualifying medical conditions:

  • Certain heart conditions. Examples of heart conditions that are disqualifying until they are resolved and/or clearance is given by a cardiologist include current clinical diagnoses of heart attack, chest pain or discomfort due to heart disease (angina pectoris), reduced blood flow through one or more coronary arteries (coronary insufficiency), or risk of forming a blood clot (thrombosis). Taking nitroglycerine for angina is not necessarily medically disqualifying, provided the angina is stable.
  • Epilepsy or other conditions that can result in loss of consciousness. FMCSA regulations prohibit a person with epilepsy or other seizure disorder from operating a commercial vehicle across state boundaries. Drivers who can show that their seizures are under control may be eligible to submit an application to the FMCSA for a seizure exemption. (See “Seizure Package” at the end of this article.)
  • Inner ear diseases or disorders that cause vertigo (spinning/dizziness) or other balance issues. Meniere’s disease is an example. It affects the inner ear. Many lifestyle aspects of trucking might trigger vertigo for a driver with Meniere’s disease, which is why it is classified as a DOT disqualifying medical condition. Meniere’s disease is unpredictable and its triggers include overwork, fatigue, smoking, and too much salt in the diet. Certain medications for the treatment of vertigo also may be disqualifying if the medical examiner concludes there are potential sedative effects that may compromise safety. On occasion, drivers with certain balance disorders are able to seek re-certification after being symptom-free for a period of time.
  • Diabetes, high blood pressure, and respiratory conditions are discussed in the next section on DOT disqualifying medical conditions where the medical examiner has discretion in deciding whether or not to grant DOT certification.
  • Vision and/or hearing loss. Drivers unable to demonstrate at least 20/40 vision in each eye and both eyes together, with or without corrective lenses, are medically disqualified. However, there is a vision exemption available. A driver must be able to meet peripheral vision requirements and also able to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing the standard red, green, and amber colors. For hearing, two tests may be performed. If the driver passes the first test (forced whisper), then the second test (an audiometry test) is not needed. In the forced whisper test, the driver must be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear (the better ear) at five feet, with or without a hearing aid. If the driver cannot pass the forced whisper test, passing an audiometry test still may allow certification. Failing both tests makes hearing loss a DOT disqualifying medical condition. As with vision and seizure, the driver may apply for an exemption.
  • Use of marijuana. Even if a licensed medical practitioner has prescribed or recommended it, marijuana use is a DOT disqualifying medical condition. This is true whether it is used alone, as CBD oil, or in any product or preparation derived from hemp or cannabis. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) prohibits use of Schedule I substances, which include marijuana, heroin, LSD, mescaline, MDMA (“ecstasy”), psilocybin mushroom, methaqualone (Quaalude), cathinone/khat, and 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).

Medical Conditions Addressed Using Medical Examiner Discretion

  • Diabetes. Commercial drivers who have insulin-treated diabetes no longer need to apply for an exemption to obtain DOT certification. A new process was finalized in 2018. Now, drivers who have a stable insulin regimen and properly controlled diabetes only need to visit their treating clinician within 45 days prior to seeing the medical examiner. The treating clinician will complete an Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus Assessment Form MCSA-5870 if requirements are met. The driver brings this form, along with three months of electronic glucose records, when visiting the medical examiner. If three months of electronic glucose logs are not available, the medical examiner may certify the driver for up to three months so the records can be collected. The medical examiner reviews all of this information and, if everything is in order, is able to certify the driver for up to one year (rather than the standard two years).
  • High blood pressure. Medical examiners are provided guidelines, but also may use discretion in deciding whether to grant certification. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Up to 121-129/<80, blood pressure is considered elevated, but not classified as high blood pressure or hypertension. When blood pressure exceeds this level, it moves into progressively worse high blood pressure stages:
    • Stage 1 130 to 139 systolic (above line) or 80 to 89 diastolic pressure (under line)
    • Stage 2 140 or higher systolic or 90 or higher diastolic pressure
    • Stage 3 Higher than 180 systolic and/or higher than 120 diastolic pressure.
  • Stage 3 is a hypertensive crisis that requires immediate medical attention. Elevation to Stage 3 is a DOT disqualifying medical condition. When the condition resolves and blood pressure goes down to 140/90, the driver may be certified at six-month intervals. If a driver is able to lower blood pressure, has lost weight, and is off all blood pressure medications, the medical examiner has discretion to grant certification for up to two years. For the other two high blood pressure stages, these recommendations apply:
    • Elevation to Stage 1 may limit certification to one year.
    • Elevation to Stage 2 may result in a three-month certification and, if blood pressure goes below 140/90 within that time, a driver may receive certification for one year.
  • Respiratory conditions. Certain respiratory diseases may be DOT disqualifying medical conditions. The medical examiner can seek further tests and/or send a driver to a pulmonary specialist to gain additional insight into whether a respiratory condition should be disqualifying. If the driver is receiving oxygen therapy, this is disqualifying because of the risk of oxygen equipment malfunction or explosion.
  • Proteinuria. Potentially a DOT disqualifying medical condition, proteinuria or excessive protein in the urine may indicate kidney disease. The medical examiner has the discretion to certify outright, certify with a time limit, or disqualify a driver with proteinuria.

Waivers/Exemptions for DOT Disqualifying Medical Conditions

Only a medical examiner in the National Registry can grant DOT certification, but a medical examiner cannot approve a waiver or exemption (which provides a driver relief from a regulation for a period of time). Only the FMCSA can grant a waiver or exemption for certain medical conditions.

Drivers must meet exemption criteria to submit an application and then submit the required information to the FMCSA for consideration. Here are the primary exemption packages: FMCSA’s website

Under the influence of alcohol

  • A CMV driver who drives under the influence of alcohol is mandatorily disqualified. The offense pertains strictly to CMV, not personal vehicles. However, there are instances when such offense is applied to personal vehicles depending on the standard imposed by the State. Moreover, the 0.04 percent limit is also implemented to disqualify CMV drivers especially if they reach or even exceed the said limit. This is true to any person with CDL, even if the CMV driver is off-duty. It means that the same is applied regardless of the duty status of the driver.

Under the influence of a controlled substance

  • That is why a CMV driver who is found to be under the influence of a controlled substance as provided in the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) or cannabis as provided in the Cannabis Control Act (CCA) shall be disqualified from getting a CDL for a year, as the minimum.

Refusal to take an alcohol test

  • According to FMCSA, if a driver refuses to submit to an alcohol test, or a drug test, it is assumed that the driver is positive for alcohol or drugs, per se. The driver is then prohibited from performing a safety-sensitive function such as driving a CMV.

Leaving an accident scene

  • Accidents are unexpected, but drivers, especially CMV drivers, are required to literally not leave the scene of the accident in case it will occur. The law, or even conscience, requires drivers to stop, give aid or report to the authority, or notify the family, operator or owner of the other party.

Driving a CMV when not allowed by law

  • A driver is not allowed to drive a CMV if his license was already canceled, suspended, or revoked, much more if he is disqualified by law. It is worth noting that under the guidance provided by FMCSA, a driver is disqualified to operate a CMV even if he has a valid CDL issued by the State where he resides, but is suspended in other States due to violations of the law, even if it should not be related to a motor vehicle traffic control law.

Negligent driving of a CMV resulting in a fatality

  • Negligent driving resulting in fatality includes negligent homicide, homicide by motor vehicle, and motor vehicle manslaughter. These are felonies that disqualify you from getting a CDL. The vehicle used to commit a felony and other felonies involving the manufacturing, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance. Not all felonies are grounds to disqualify a driver from getting a CDL. But, there are offenses which do not allow a driver to get one, including those above mentioned and other felonies such as arson, bribery, extortion, smuggling, treason, kidnapping, and others as provided by law.

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