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Truck Driving

Learn how to operate a tractor-trailer or Class B truck safely and efficiently through classroom, range, and over-the-road environments and through full-time and part-time course work.


Truck Driving Program

This program offers basic instruction required to become a professional truck driver, with either a Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

The Class A program is certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI). After successfully completing the Class A program, you will receive a CNM Truck Driving certificate and a PTDI certificate. As a Class B student, you will receive a CNM Certificate of Achievement.

This program meets federal regulation requirements for entry-level drivers.

What are the requirements for entering the CDL programs?

You must meet these minimum requirements for Class A or Class B programs:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have maintained a valid driver’s license for the last three (3) years (some exceptions allowed, contact department)
  • Not have been convicted of or forfeited bond for more than four (4) moving violations in the past three years
  • Not have more than one at-fault, preventable accident in the past three (3) years
  • Not have been convicted of or forfeited bond for reckless driving
  • Not have any DWI/DUI convictions within the past five (5) years
  • Not have more than one (1) DWI/DUI conviction in the past ten (10) years
  • Not have more than two (2) DWI/DUI convictions within a lifetime

You must provide the following paperwork:

  • A valid New Mexico driver’s license
  • Two (2) proofs of residence
  • Medical card
  • Original social security card
  • Original birth certificate (or proof of citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency)
  • A certified copy of your driving record for the past three (3) years
  • Long form DOT physical results from a qualified testing facility
  • Drug screen results for controlled substances use (dated for the term)

CDL-A classes: required paperwork is due by the 2nd week for day sessions or by the 5th week for night or blended sessions.

CDL-B classes: required paperwork is due by the 2nd week.

Note: You are subject to all Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations drug and alcohol testing rules. When you begin class, you will get a medical authorization form and more information on where to go for physicals and drug screening.

How long does it take?

The length of your program depends on the CDL type you choose and how much time you can commit.


Time to Completion

Full Time Day classes

One Term

Part Time Nights/Weekends

Two terms

Par Time Distance Learning and Weekends

Two terms



Time to Completion

Full Time Day classes

One term

Part Time Weekend classes

One Term

Why do CNM’s programs take longer than other programs?

Our CDL A truck driving program is accredited by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI), which meets stringent requirements that are recognized in the industry. You benefit by receiving the highest truck driving education available, assuring prospective employers, and improving your chances of being hired.

How much does it cost?

Note: All costs are estimates and could change without notice.




Non-resident (approximate)

TRDR 1120




TRDR 1220




TRDR 1392












Non-resident (approximate)

TRDR 1120




Why are CNM truck driving programs not eligible for financial aid?

Programs must be at least 16 credit hours to be eligible for financial aid; CDL-A is 14 hours and CDL-B is 9 hours.

CDL-B may be financial aid eligible if students take the class as part of the transportation technology degree.

Drivers License Types



Offered at CNM?


The Class A CDL is required for drivers who wish to drive a combination vehicle which is Gross Combination Vehicle Weight Rated (GCVWR) greater than 26,000 lbs. This is the license required to drive a Tractor-Trailer.



The Class B CDL is required for drivers who wish to drive a single vehicle which is GVWR 26,000 lbs. or more. Class B can drive vehicles of a lower class but not tractor-trailers.






Regular driver’s license


Passenger Bus

Allows operator to drive a vehicle such as a city or public school bus

No, but students may practice

Other Information

  • Truck driving classes are offered every term including summers
  • Students may not test out of or skip any classes.
  • All classes are run in a sequential manner and may not be taken concurrently.
  • Students initially will only be able to register for the first class in the CDL A series (TRDR 1120).
  • Classes are held at the Advanced Technology Center.
  • Practice driving may be held off campus.
  • Some extra endorsements may be available (Tankers, Doubles, Hazardous Materials, Passenger) and each will have additional costs associated with it.