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Truck Driving


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). You will 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.

The Class A program is certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI). After successfully completing the Class A program, you will receive both 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.

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

What are the basic requirements for entering CNM’s CDL programs?

The following minimum requirements must be met for both the Class A or Class B program:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid New Mexico driver’s license
  • Have maintained a valid driver’s license for the previous three (3) years (some exceptions allowed, contact department)
  • Provide original birth certificate (or proof of citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency)
  • Provide original social security card
  • Provide a certified copy of driving record for the past three (3) years
  • Have a Department of Transportation physical at a qualified testing facility
  • Obtain pre-qualification testing for controlled substances use
  • 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
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States of America

NOTE: Students are subject to ALL Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations drug and alcohol testing rules 

Required Paperwork

  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Original or Certified Birth Certificate and other approved proof of US citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Report.
  • Long form of DOT Physical.
  • Medical Card
  • Drug screen RESULTS (must be dated for term)
  • 2 Proofs of Residence

When you begin class, you will get a medical authorization form and more information on where to go for physicals and drug screening.

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.

    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 consecutive 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 only.
    • 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.

    How long does it take?

    The length of your program will depend on the credential you desire and how much time you can commit.

    CDL A

    Full Time (FT)

    or Part Time (PT)

    Time to Completion

    FT Day classes

    One Term

    PT Nights/Weekends

    Two terms

    PT Distance Learning and Weekends

    Two terms

     CDL B

    Full Time and Part Time

    Time to Completion

    FT Day classes

    One term

    PT Weekend classes

    One Term

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

    CNM’s CDL A truck driving program is accredited by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI). This ensures that our program meets stringent requirements that are recognized in the industry. This benefits CNM students by assuring prospective employers that they have received the highest truck driving education available, which will improve their 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.