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Commercial Vehicle Operator B Class

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Program Description

Commercial vehicle operators with Class B commercial licenses may support either the passenger transportation industry or the distribution of goods and materials. The hospitality industry requires CDL-B drivers, with a “P” - Passenger endorsement, to transport passengers to hotels and airports, operate rental car shuttles, as well as scheduled bus, charter bus, tour bus, urban, and transportation services.  Vehicle operators may drive locally, regionally, and/or between urban areas, depending on the nature of the business.

A CDL-B driver without a “P” - Passenger endorsement on their license may operate heavy straight trucks (over 26,000 lbs.), such as dump and non-trailered box vans.  CDL-B operators conduct pre-trip vehicle inspections, report safety and equipment issues to the dispatcher, and must conform to USDOT rules and regulations, including the accurate updating of logs and records.  Note: This course does not include training towards an “S” endorsement required to operate a school bus.

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

External Credential:

Maryland Commercial Driver’s License B Class (CDL-B)

Licensing Organization:

CDL-B: Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) - upon successfully completing the MVA final licensing exam.

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

Program Length

CDL-B: 2 weeks.  Courses start monthly at CCBC Hunt Valley and the CCBC Vehicle Training Center at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point, MD.  A valid MD CDL Learner’s Permit is required to register for CDL-B.

Note: Some CDL-B course sections (approx. 3 per year) use only heavy straight trucks during training.  Students are not required to obtain a “P” – Passenger endorsement on their MD CDL Learner’s Permit in order to register for these sections.  Check with program staff prior to testing for the Maryland CDL Learner’s Permit.

LP Prep (optional): 2 weeks.  CDL-Learner’s Permit courses start every six weeks at CCBC Hunt Valley.

Program Requirements

Minimum age of 18

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

Students must have a Maryland CDL Learner’s Permit with a “P” – Passenger endorsement in order to register for the CDL-B course, except when the course section is only training on heavy straight truck equipment.  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-B: General CDL Knowledge; Air Brakes; “P” - Passenger; and “T” - Tank Vehicle.

The Maryland MVA’s CDL-B 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

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

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

Program Course Sequence






Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **








VOA 485


CDL Learner’s Permit

Prep - Optional

28 none


T - $228, F - $620

CDL-B Course and Optional Course Totals: 103 NA


T - $728, F - $2315

Additional Information

Career Opportunities:

Drive heavy straight trucks or 15+ passenger vans, buses and coaches

Program Contact Information


Wanda Johnson


Hunt Valley, Room 108


Kent Smedley


Catonsville, BESS-202E

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