Chemeketa's truck driving certificate will provide the knowledge and skills needed to earn your Commercial Driver License (CDL) in four weeks.
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Why choose Truck Driving?
Over the next ten years, the employment field for truck drivers is expected to grow by at least 6 percent. Plus, there is currently a shortage of truck drivers. A current shortage of 50,000 truck drivers nationwide is expected to grow to 174,000 drivers by 2026. In the Mid-Valley, there are almost 400 openings annually for truck drivers stemming from job growth and replacing retired drivers.
What will you learn?
Chemeketa's truck driving certificate program consists of 160 hours of coursework-
- XCDL 9100A- Introduction to Professional Truck Driving & Logistics (40 hours)
- XCDL 9100B- Practical Applications in Professional Truck Driving & Logistics (80 hours)
- XCDL 9100C- Transportation Customer Service Skills (40 hours)
This coursework will provide the skills necessary for you to earn your Commercial Driver License, or CDL.
What will you do?
A career in truck driving can provide many things-
- Job security
- Great starting salaries
- Variety of cargo hauling
- Options for local or interstate jobs
In order to be eligible for the program, you must-
- Have a valid driver's license with a minimum of one year of driving experience
- Be at least 18 years old to drive in-state, and 21 years old to drive across state lines
- Provide verifiable work history or schooling
- Certain felony convictions can limit employment. Hazmat hauling has stricter rules; if you plan to haul Hazmat materials, inquire with employer/DMV prior to pursuing program
- Pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination (DOT Medical Examiner's Card)
- Pass a DOT drug screening (completed after acceptance into the program, and ordered by Chemeketa)
- Obtain a Class A CDL learner permit with Airbrake and Combination Vehicles endorsements. Tests administered at DMV in English only.
Session Start Dates
Fall Term Schedule 2023:
Location: Salem Campus (class hours subject to change)
Class start date: September 5 (Class in session)
Class start date: October 2 Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, 4-week training (Currently, full, accepting alternates)
Class start date: October 30 (November class) Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, 4-week training. No class/Holidays on 11/10, 11/23, 11/24 (Currently, 3 spots available)
Class start date: December 4 Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, 4-week training. No class/Holidays on 12/25, 12/26 (Currently, 6 spots available)
Tentative dates for 2024:
**Please note these dates may change. When applying please select the month you wish to apply for.**
Class start date: January 8, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (4-week training)
Class start date: February 5, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (4-week training)
Class start date: March 4, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (4-week training)
Class start date: April 1, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (4-week training)
Class start date: April 29, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (4-week training)
Class start date: May 28, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm (4-week training)
Please complete the following steps for entry into the program-
- Complete the paper Truck Driving Application OR the online truck driving application
- Applicants should ensure they will meet the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requirements to get a CDL
- Obtain an official printed copy of your driving record from the DMV. If you held a license in more than one state in the past five years, a driving record from each state is required
Return paper application and required documents to-
Chemeketa Community College
Truck Driving Program
306 NE Norton Ln
McMinnville, OR 97128
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees for the program are as follows-
Prior to Training Fee Paid By Amount DOT Drug Screen Student (Chemeketa orders and schedules) $50 DOT Physical Exam Student $100+ DOT Driving Record Student $3 CDL Learners Permit Student $23 Knowledge Test Student $10 Airbrakes Test Student $10 Combination Vehicles Student $10 CDL Program
Student (see "payment information" menu
for scholarship information below)
$5,000 Post Training Fee Paid By Amount CDL Testing Student $230* CDL Driver's License Student $75-$135*
*Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Payment Methods (non-credit programs are not eligible for financial aid through Chemeketa financial aid office.):
- Cash, Check, Credit Card
- Available to qualifying students through several different programs. Please see the "Grants and Scholarships" menu for more information.
- Personal Loans
- Students can obtain their own financing through a financial institution of their choice
Several trucking companies have sign-on bonuses or tuition reimbursements once a student earns their CDL.
Grants and Scholarships
Financial assistance is available through the following programs. You will still need to fill out a Truck Driving Application in addition to these applications for funding. See the Application Process tab for more information.
South Coast Business Employment Corporation (SCBEC)
SCBEC offers limited financial assistance to qualifying students. If you're interested in securing possible funding, complete the interest form below. Response time for follow-up is typically within a week at SCBEC. Applications are decided near the end of each month, so you should complete this as soon as possible. Their funding generally covers only tuition ($5,000). The student will be responsible for the drug screening fee ($45) and third-party testing ($230).
Please fill out this interest form for a referral. https://forms.gle/xkZCyDaKPpxtCoNx6
Worksource Oregon Vocational Scholarship
- Complete and update an iMatchSkills profile: https://empportal.emp.state.or.us/mprod_imscod_dad/!pkg_startup.proc_new_home
- Schedule and complete a Welcome conversation with the employment department (this includes ID verification): https://www.worksourceoregon.org/contact
- This can be completed virtually or in person at any Worksource Center
- In that Welcome conversation, make sure to request a referral to WIOA services for funding for their program
- Additional funding is available through the STEPS program at Worksource
Chemeketa STEPS Program
To be eligible for STEPS, you must:
- Must currently be receiving SNAP benefits
- Must not be on TANF
- Must be interested in pursuing training and/or educational opportunities
- Make an appointment
- Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs & Degrees
If you're pursuing a certificate, AAS degree, prerequisite classes, or license/certification exam, STEP can help with:
- Success coaching is dedicated to providing academic and personal support, connecting you to resources
- Gap funding to assist with required CTE certificate or degree program expenses-
- Tuition and fees
- Certification exams
Need to brush up on your truck driving skills? We offer one-on-one training with our instructors to address your areas of need. See pricing below!
**CDL must not have lapsed/expired more than 5 years to qualify for a refresher**
Skills assessment required (done with an instructor who then recommends the number of hours).
Refresher Courses Description Paid By Amount 2 Hours-Truck Testing only Student $200 3 Hours Student $350 5 Hours Student $550 7 Hours Student $750 15 Hours Student $1200
Need a Hazmat endorsement on your CDL? We offer an online course for a hazardous materials endorsement allowing you to drive any vehicle carrying hazardous materials.
You must have your CDL Class A License or Learner's Permit for acceptance to class (required to submit a copy).
Classes are offered year-round. Please email email@example.com or call 503.584.7537 for enrollment information.
Description Paid By Amount Hazmat Online Course Student $200
Additional Requirements per DMV
- Meet the requirements for, or have, a CDL;
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident [ORS 807.173(1)(c)];
- Pay for and pass the HAZMAT Endorsement Knowledge Test;
- Pay for and pass a Transportation Security Administration Criminal Background Check (see below);
- Pass a vision test; and
- Pay the endorsement and replacement fee.
Note: You are required to pass the HAZMAT Knowledge Test every time you renew your license.
Transportation Security Administration Security Threat Assessment
- You must pass a TSA security check every five years to keep this endorsement.
- The security check can take 60 days or more to complete.
- You must pass another TSA security check if you are coming from another state and your last TSA check was more than 4 years and 9 months ago.
- We will verify the date of a previous security check with the TSA.
- You must start a TSA security check online at the TSA website or by calling Universal Enrollment Services at 855-347-8371.
- Check the status of your case to see if you passed.