cdl studentsCommercial Driver License

The Commercial Driver License (CDL) program is a standalone certification program that includes comprehensive, hands-on training on the road and in a driving simulator.

You’ll learn to maneuver a commercial vehicle in different traffic conditions; operate a tractor-trailer combination; and navigate safely forward and backward around various obstacles. This course is designed to prepare students to take the State of Washington tests necessary to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License for the professional truck driving industry.

Career Possibilities

Students who successfully take and pass the Washington exam for a CDL are qualified for a wide variety of transportation positions across a variety of fields. A 2017 American Trucking Association report noted a need for almost 900,000 new drivers to meet demand. That spells job security and negotiating power for adults with a Commercial Driver’s License.

CDL Education Plan

Degree: Certificate of Completion
Emphasis: Commercial Driver License
Credits: 12

Students enroll in and take just one class - CDL 100 Commercial Truck Driving. The class is offered every quarter. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register early and ask about waitlist options.

Course Prerequisites

  • 18 years of age older
  • Pass federal Department of Transportation health and drug screening
  • Valid Washington driver's license
  • No DUI, hit and run, reckless, or negligent infractions within the past five years
  • Have no more than three moving violations in the last three years



Jake Fay
Dean of Instruction
Healthcare and Industrial Trades
Office:  TEC 114E
Email Jake Fay