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Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training Courses

There is a vital need for truck drivers in the United States, as 78 percent of all products are transported via truck.  A 2015 study by the American Trucking Association predicts the trucking industry will need 890,000 new drivers in the next decade.

Most truckers, during their first year on the road, earn an average of $35,000 a year.  After a few years of experience, they can earn average annual salaries between $45,000-$50,000.  Experienced drivers who own their own trucks earn average salaries of $100,000 and beyond.

FVCC offers two main options in commercial driver’s license training.

Tuition and total costs are estimates based on students who qualify for in-district rates.
This estimate is based on 2018-2019 tuition and is subject to change for the 2019-2020 academic year.

CDL Professional Truck Driver Class:

Course Title Length                Tuition (Flathead and Lincoln County Residents) Equipment Fees           Esitmated Total Cost
HEO 103   Professional Truck Driver* 8 weeks $1,393.00 $2,000.00 $3,393.00

*Includes the basic CDL, 50 hours of drive-time, plus the following endorsements:

  • HazMat training for hauling hazardous materials
  • Double trailers
  • Triple trailers
  • Tanker
  • School Bus
  • Passenger Endorsement

Additional CDL Classes:

Class Title Length Tuition (Flathead and
Lincoln County Residents)
Total Cost
HEO 100   Commercial Truck Driver (Basic CDL, no endorsements) 4 weeks $674.00 $1,800.00 $2,474.00
HEO 101   Commercial Driver’s License-Bus (Class B CDL) 2 weeks $505.50 $960.00 $1,465.50
HEO 102   Commercial Truck Driver B to A Transition 2 weeks $337.00 $985.00 $1,322.00
HEO 181   Commercial Truck Driver A to Bus Transition 1 week $168.50 $410.00 $578.50


Steps to Obtain a CDL

Prerequisites to apply:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Current Montana driver’s license
  • Birth certificate or Passport
  • Proof of state residence
  • No DUIs in the past five years

At least one month before the class:

  • Apply to FVCC as a non-degree seeking student at www.fvcc.edu/apply/.
  • Make an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center.

Student Support Center Advisor
Will Richards
OT 204
(406) 756-4862