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Career Starters

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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Tractor Trailer on Highway

Truck Drivers with a Class-A Commercial Drive's License (CDL-A) start at $27,500 and earn up to $59,900 on average dependent upon experience and road travel requirements.


  Financial Assistance is available for this  program 
  Veterans Benefits applicable


Commercial Truck Driver: Class A  High Demand

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Commercial Trucker Driver Class-A (CDL-A) training allows students to operate combination trucks of a tractor trailer, straight trucks, dump trucks, commercial delivery trucks, and others with a capacity of at least 26,001 GVW upon passing the licensing test. CDL-A drivers transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. Employment in the truck industry offers work locally, regionally and nationally.



SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: You must be at least 21 years of age, pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam and drug screening, possess a valid driver's license, have no more than three points on your driving record, and maintain zero points for drug or alcohol violations to participate in this training.

CDL-A Truck Driver

Become eligible to take the Motor Vehicle Administration Commercial Vehicle License Class-A skills test in seven weeks or 12 weekends. Training includes: defensive driving certification, railroad and safety belt training, log books, hours of service regulations, map reading and trip planning, skid control and recovery, winter driving, accident procedures, road rage, construction zones, and work safety. On road driving training consists of city, rural, night, and mountain driving with and without a load. Training also includes current federal motor carrier safety regulations - entry level driving training. Training concludes with students having three opportunities to pass the CDL-A exam.

Course Class Hours
TRA 7100 CDL Preparation Classroom
TRA 7200 CDL Safe Vehicle Operation           80
TRA 7300 CDL Basic Vehicle Skills           80
TRA 7400 CDL Advanced Skills and Road Development           80

Advanced CDL Classes:

TRA 7530  CDL Passenger / School Bus Endorsement Upgrade

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For more information contact:

Mary Beth Mc Collum, CPP
Director, Transportation 

Lisa Daugherty
Program Assistant

For a complete listing of courses that CSM offers, please refer to the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

“Demand for long-distance drivers will remain strong because they can transport perishable and time-sensitive goods more effectively than alternate modes of transportation.”

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics