The CNM truck driving program offers basic instruction required to become a professional truck driver and to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Obtaining a Class A license permits you to drive a Class B vehicle as well. This program meets federal regulation requirements for entry-level drivers.

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CNM offers CDL programs through CNM Ingenuity (CNMI) and CNM's School of Applied Technologies (AT).

12-15 Week Program (AT)

4 Week Program (CNMI)

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Some extra endorsements may be available (Tankers, Doubles, Hazardous Materials, Passenger) and each will have additional costs associated with it.

Related 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.

Drivers License Types

Offered at CNM

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

Other Licenses

  • The Passenger Bus CDL allows an operator to drive a vehicle such as a city or public school bus. This license is not offered at CNM, but you may practice on campus.
  • The Class B, C, and D licenses are not offered at CNM but may be offered at CNM Ingenuity (CNMI).

CDL Program Requirements

You must meet the requirements for our CDL programs. The Required Documents for all Commercial Licenses and Permits are included in Chapter 6, Section C (CDL). You can learn more about CDL on the CDL in the State of New Mexico webpage.

Class A Program

Minimum Requirements
  • Must be a legal, permanent resident of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Must complete drug screen no later than one week prior to class start date
  • 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

Note: A work visa is not accepted as identification for this program.

Drug Screening & Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical

Both the required drug screening and Department of Transportation (DOT) physical must be completed no more than 30 days and no later than one week before the class start date. It is important to follow these directions, or you may be subject to forfeit your seat and start the following term. 

Note: a "negative" drug screening result must be received by the Director of the CNM Truck Driving Program one week prior to the start date of the term or you will be automatically dropped from the program roster. 

The required drug screening requirement can be obtained at either Concentra (Albuquerque locations only) or Custom Health Services.  

A DOT physical may be taken at Concentra, Custom Health Services, or any other provider of your choice. 


Custom Health Services

Drug Screen

$60.00 (if you already have a DOT physical) $55.00

DOT Physical

$81.00 $90.00 (if you already have a DOT physical)

Bundled Price

$122.98 (if booked together) $120.00 (if booked together)

Address & Phone

All Albuquerque, NM locations 9809 Candelaria Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 835-9355

Additional Information

Albuquerque locations only Located just east of Eubank, in the Eastern Hills Professional Center, next to the Post Office on the north side of Candelaria

Process to Get Started

Once you are registered as a student, fill out a form

Print and submit form to Concentra upon arrival to site.
Once you are registered as a student, please visit Custom Health Services for more information. Custom Health Services can be reached at (505) 918-9355 to schedule your appointment(s). Due to COVID-19, you must have a scheduled appointment for in-person services.
Required Paperwork
  1. A valid New Mexico driver’s license
  2. Two (2) proofs of residence
  3. Medical card
  4. Original social security card must match birth certificate name (or marriage license)
  5. Original birth certificate (or proof of citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency)
  6. A certified copy of your driving record for the past three (3) years
  7. Long form DOT physical results from a qualified testing facility
  8. Drug screen results for controlled substances use (no more than 30 days old)

Important Information:

  1. Required paperwork (1-7 above) is due by the second week of class.
  2. Before class begins, you will need to obtain your DOT drug screen no more than 30 days and no later than one week before the class start date or you will be dropped from the class roster.
  3. You are subject to all Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations drug and alcohol testing rules.

Time to Completion

Our CDL-A truck driving program 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.

  • Day classes take one 12-week term.
  • Nights and weekends classes take one 15-week term.


It takes approximately one term to obtain a CDL-A. A term consists of the following three (3) classes that must be taken in this order: TRDR 1120, TRDR 1220, & TRDR 1392. To begin you will only enroll in TRDR 1120. The costs for 2020-2021 below are broken down by class.

The approximate total cost (with drug screen and physical) for a CDL-A completed in one term (12 or 15 weeks):

  • NM Resident: $1,252.00
  • Non-Resident: $4,205.00

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

CDL-A Costs:

Total Costs for TRDR 1120



TRDR 1120

New Mexico Resident 


Tuition - TRDR 1120 (6 credit hours) $342.00 $1,806.00
CNM Registration Fee (paid once per term) $45.00 $45.00
CNM Technology Fee $54.00 $54.00
DOT Physical (required for 1120*) $87.00 (approximate cost) $87.00 (approximate cost)
Drug Screening (required for 1120*) $54.00 (approximate cost) $54.00 (approximate cost)
Permit (paid at MVD) $18.00 $18.00

*See information above for Drug Screening & DOT Physical Requirements.

TRDR 1220

New Mexico Resident 


Tuition - TRDR 1220 (6 credit hours) $342.00  $1,806.00
CNM Technology Fee $54.00 $54.00
Books (Road Atlas & Log Books) $15.00 $15.00

Total Costs for TRDR 1220



TRDR 1392

New Mexico Resident


*Tuition - TRDR 1392 (2 credit hours) *$0.00  *$0.00
CNM Technology Fee $18.00 $18.00
CDL Examiner $200.00  $200.00
CDL License $23.00 $23.00

Total Costs for TRDR 1392



*There's no tuition for TRDR 1392, if you have completed TRDR 1120 and TRDR 1220 in the same term. If you do not complete all three classes in one term, the tuition for TRDR 1392 will be $56.00 per credit hour for NM residents or $296 per credit hour for non-residents.