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Career Starters

Realize your Potential

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

Orange Tractor Trailer combination traveling on a road

Truck Drivers with a Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) start at $19,200 and earn up to $63,400 dependent upon experience.

Bus Drivers with Passenger/School Bus Endorsements have starting salaries of $18,000 and earn up to $38,000.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL): Class B
Passenger Transport/
School Bus Authorized        Medium Demand

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Commercial Driver’s License Class B (CDL-B) with Passenger Transport/School Bus Authorized endorsement training allows students to drive vehicles with two or more axles and a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 26,001 pounds or more designed to seat 16 or more passengers including the driver upon passing the licensing test. Once licensed, individuals may be employed as drivers of dump trucks, commercial delivery trucks, school buses, motorcoach buses, and other vehicles requiring a Class B commercial driver’s license. Employment in the trucking industry offers work locally and regionally.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Participants must be at least 18 years of age and maintain a valid driver's license.

CDL-B Truck Driver

Become eligible to take the Motor Vehicle Administration Commercial Vehicle License Class B skills test. 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, and night driving. Training also includes federal motor carrier safety regulations – entry level driving training.


Course Class Hours
TRA-7510 CDL - Class B
With Passenger/ School Bus Part I
TRA-7520 CDL - Class B
With Passenger/ School Bus Part II

Advanced CDL Classes:

TRA 7530 CDL Passenger / School Bus Endorsement Upgrade

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Training concludes with students having three attempts to pass the CDL-B exam.

Training concludes with students receiving the Passenger/School Bus Endorsement.

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.

Walter Nash Jr.“The teachers are extraordinary and use really effective instructing techniques. I felt so confident handling my company's truck after the course! I would definitely recommend CSM to others; I wouldn't attend anywhere else.”

Walter Nash Jr.
Lefty's Barbecue, Inc.