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Commercial Vehicle Operator A Class

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Program Description

Commercial vehicle operation is an important component of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics industry.  This training prepares students to test for a Maryland CDL-A license.

Commercial drivers of trucks or tractor trailers may provide local daily service or make intercity and interstate trips that are longer and vary from job to job.  Heavy truck and tractor trailer drivers may spend most of their time behind the wheel, but may be required to load or unload their cargo upon arrival at their final destination.  They often travel at night and on holidays and weekends to avoid traffic delays and deliver cargo on time.  Drivers conduct pre-trip vehicle inspections and must report to the dispatcher any equipment that is inoperable, defective or missing. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires drivers to keep a log of their activities, including the condition of the truck, hours of service and the circumstances of any accidents.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.

Students will be prepared to take the Maryland Commercial Driver’s License exam.

Students will be awarded various CDL certificates (e.g. Defensive Driving and New Driver Training).

Certifying Organization:

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration


Career Opportunities:

CDL-A: drive tractor trailers and tankers both in-state and out-of-state.

CDL-B: drive heavy straight trucks or 15+ passenger vans, buses and coaches.

Program Length

CDL- A: 6 weeks

Courses are offered 8 times a year, starting approximately every six weeks, at CCBC Hunt Valley and the CCBC Vehicle Training Center located at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point, MD.

LP Prep (optional): 2 weeks

Courses are offered 8 times a year, starting every six weeks, at CCBC Hunt Valley.

Program Requirements

Minimum age of 18 (commercial drivers must be 21 years of age to drive across state lines)

Recommended:  High School Diploma or GED (highly preferred, but not required)

Students must have a Maryland CDL Learner’s Permit with proper endorsements in order to register for the CDL-A Class Course.  A permit is obtained by taking a written test at a full-service MVA location and a DOT Physical Card is required to take the MVA test.  Note: CCBC offers an optional Learner’s Permit Preparation course to help students to prepare to write the MD CDL Learner’s Permit test.  When students write the test to obtain a Maryland CDL Learner’s permit, they should test for the following: CDL-A: General CDL knowledge; Air Brakes; “T” - Doubles/Triples; and “N” - Tank Vehicle.

The Maryland MVA’s CDL-A licensing exam occurs at the end of the course.  It includes pre-trip inspections, range maneuvers, and completion of a road test of 14+ miles.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Valid Maryland CDL Learner Permit required at registration.

Program Course Sequence

1. CDL-A: VOA 715

  • Textbook/Materials: None

2. CDL-A Range and Road: VOA 716

  • Textbook/Materials: None

3. Advanced CDL-A Skills: VOA 522

  • Textbook/Materials: None

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $4295 (Tuition-$1693/Fees-$2602)
  • Textbook/Materials: N/A

4. (Optional Course) CDL Learner’s Permit Prep: VOA 485

  • Textbook/Materials: None

Program Costs (with Optional Course)

  • Tuition/Fees: $5143 (Tuition-$1921/Fees-$3222)

Program Contact Information


Kent Smedley



Catonsville, BESS 100E


Wanda Johnson



Hunt Valley, Room 108

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation Vocational Scholarship
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

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