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Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

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.

A CDL Class A license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the towed vehicle is heavier than 10,000 pounds.

With a CDL Class A license and the proper endorsements, you may drive the following types of vehicles:

  • Tractor-trailers
  • Truck and trailer combinations
  • Tank vehicles
  • Livestock carriers
  • Flatbeds

Upcoming CDL Class A Sessions

Training is 8am-4:30pm Monday - Friday.

Class schedules TBA.

Training Cost

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

  • Includes the cost of a commercial learner's permit and road test.
  • Trainees must obtain the DOT medical exam and DOT drug screen at their own expense.

Training OutLiNe

Week 1: Virtual classroom training (40 hours)

  • At the end of week 1, 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: Hands-On Yard Training (80 hours)

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

Other CDL Training Options

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 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 the cost of a commercial learner's permit and road test.
  • Trainees must obtain the DOT medical exam and DOT drug screen at their own expense.

CDL B Training is held weekly on a first come, first served basis. Use the form on the right, to sign up for training and we'll confirm your training dates with you after your registration is received.

CDL-A Haz Mat Tanker Endorsement |$175 | Virtual

Trainees learn the Federal requirements for hauling hazardous materials, and become familiar with the general knowledge needed to pass the State written test.

Training applicants must:

  • Currently hold a CDL Class A
  • Have a current Med Card
  • Have a DOT Drug Screen within 90 days of the training start date
  • Provide TSA finger print submission
  • Pass TSA background check

The Haz Mat Tanker Endorsement training is an 8 hour virtual class.

Trainee Requirements

All applicants must

  • Be age 21 or older to drive a CMV across state lines (interstate) or 18 years of age or older to drive a CMV in Michigan
  • Pass a pre-enrollment drug screen
  • Complete and pass the DOT physical
  • Pass a CDL eligibility check
  • Agree to a background check
  • Be able to read and speak the English fluently
  • Have distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 or better with corrective lenses
  • Have no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control
  • Possess a valid Michigan driver’s license with no suspension or revocation in the last 36-months

DOT Requirements for CDL Training

Review webpage linked below for the full list of DOT Requirements.

DOT Requirements for CDL Training

Training Cost Assistance

These costs may be significantly reduced or completely offset through MiWorks! Assistance programs. Contact your local MiWorks! office or Mid Michigan College to determine eligibility. No refunds are offered once the training has started.

CDL Training Testimonials

Eric Conner, CDL-A Instructor, shares 42 years of experience with students."I retired after 42 years of truck driving, and decided to share my practical experience with others. I gain great satisfaction from connecting with the students, and share in their excitement as we make progress toward their goals together." - Eric Conner, CDL-A Instructor
Collen Ditenber sits behind the driver's seat during CDL-A Short-Term Training."I've wanted to drive professionally for awhile. 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 instructor is friendly, helpful, and always willing to review information or skills to help us improve and succeed." - Colleen Dittenber
Wyatt Burgess leans the basics of truck driving during CDL-A Short-Term Training."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." - Wyatt Burgess
Dakota Burgess steps up to take the wheel during CDL-A Short-Term Training."I chose CDL-A training so I could drive larger equipment in my current career and discover more career opportunities in the area. I've enjoyed the experience and gained valuable knowledge." - Dakota Burgess
CDL5.jpg"I signed up for this training and the Burgess' boys decided to sign up too! The instructor has been patient, understanding, and helpful. If we don't understand something he takes the time to explain without making you feel uncomfortable or unworthy. I want a career close-to-home and hope to have a career related to the excavating industry."
- Connor VanBuskirk

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