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C. CDL

C. CDL

CDL TRAINING OPTIONS (and Stackable Credentials)

The Miles Community College CDL Training Program is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) registered training program. Beginning February 2022, all individuals seeking a commercial driver’s license must first complete an FMCSA-approved training program like that at MCC.

MCC offers two-degree pathways for students seeking their Commercial Driver’s License: a single semester CDL certificate and a two-semester certificate in Basic Transportation Entrepreneurship. Both programs will allow a student to be registered under FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) mandates, and to attempt all MVD tests related to receiving a Commercial Driver’s License.

The CDL training in both degree programs includes classroom instruction, hands-on labs, behind the wheel driving time, hours of service, Compliance Safety and Accountability (CSA), and more. Training for additional endorsements may also be available.

Miles Community College offers four start dates per year for the CDL program.

The one-semester, 15-week CDL course requires approximately 8 weeks of mostly classroom instruction and 7 weeks of hand-on and behind the wheel instruction.

Both classroom and behind the wheel instruction meets all FMCSA requirements.

Students enrolled in this course must:
  • Possess a valid Montana driver’s license
  • Possess a legible original or certified copy of birth certificate (or other verified Authorized Presence Document)
  • Pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and a preliminary drug screen which has to be through an approved facility prior to enrollment (students are responsible for these expenses). MCC can provide a list of approved facilities for the drug screening.
  • Participate in an MCC contracted random drug and alcohol testing pool (students are enrolled automatically upon entering course)

Montana CDL Testing Information

The Montana CDL Class A Knowledge Test may be taken anywhere in Montana, but during this scheduled course, students will test in Miles City at an off-campus, approved site.

The testing site will require students to provide proof of a Montana driver's license, legible original or certified copy of birth certificate (or other verified Authorized Presence Document), Medical Examiner's Certificate, and payment for the test, which is the student's responsibility.

A permit from passing the Knowledge Exam is required to begin the road test portion of the course. The road test must be taken in Miles City at a time scheduled by the MVD and MCC. The road test is not always available to be scheduled while the course is in session, and students may need to test at a later date (if needed).

Tuition & Fees

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Schedule for current rates. All rates and dates subject to change.

Other Cost Information

Students are also responsible for the costs of the DOT Physical, the preliminary drug screen, the CDL License Fees from the Montana MVD, and all costs associated with retaking the Commercial Transportation Basics CDL course outside of the academic calendar dates, as outlined in the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Housing & Food

Students are responsible for housing for the duration of the course. Limited on-campus housing is available throughout the year depending on current occupancy levels in Pioneer Village, MCC's on-campus residence halls.

To inquire about on-campus housing options and costs, contact the Director of Housing and Student Life at 406.874.6442 or residenthousing@milescc.edu.

Students are also responsible for their own meals for the duration of the course. The MCC Cafe (located on campus) is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00 pm during fall and spring semesters, with adjusted hours during the summer months.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Be registered under FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) mandates;
  • Attempt all DMV tests related to receiving your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Develop a basic understanding in, but not limited to:
    • Basic truck operations;
    • Hours of service rules and regulations;
    • Close proximity driving and backing;
    • Routing and trip planning;
    • Compliance Safety and Accountability (CSA);

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Total Credits for Program Completion: 17

  First Year - Fall Semester     17 Credits Credits
Commercial Transportation Basics9
Commercial Transportation Basics Lab8

*Completion of the Commercial Transportation Basics CDL course does not guarantee the student will pass the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) CDL exams, and it does not guarantee employment.