Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeding 26,000 pounds. Drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. Bus drivers transport people between various places—including work, school, and shopping malls—and across states or the nation.

Our main objective is to train and test student drivers to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Upon completion, students will be licensed to drive all commercial Class A (tractor-trailer) and Class B trucks (straight trucks, passenger and school buses, dump and concrete mixer trucks, and utility vehicles). Other endorsements—such as Hazmat, Tanker, and Double and Triple Trailer—can be added later or when obtaining a learner’s permit.

Scholarship Opportunity

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Class A Admission Requirements

A student must:

  • Be 21 years of age
  • Possess a valid, Non-Provisional Driver's License
  • Pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and drug screen
  • Obtain a CDL Class A Learner's Permit
  • Please note that drivers licensed in Maryland and Washington, D.C. will be accepted into the CDL Class A licensing program.

Class B Admission Requirements

A student must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or 21 for the District of Columbia.
  • Possess a valid non-provisional driver's license from Maryland or Washington, D.C.
  • Pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and drug screen.
  • Obtain a CDL Class B learner's permit from the state in which they are currently licensed.

Please review the CDL federal requirements and permit practice exams.

Customized Training

Prince George’s Community College offers customized training services for your transportation and distribution needs.

Courses

  • CDL-328 Entry-Level Driver Training Theory
  • CDL-324 Commercial Driver's License (CDL): Class A
  • CDL-301 Commercial Driver's License (CDL): Class B
CDL-328 Entry-Level Driver Training Theory

This course will satisfy the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations (FMCSA) Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) theory requirements for Commercial Vehicle operation. Student driver-trainees will become proficient in the following, general knowledge areas: basic vehicle operation, safe operating procedures, advanced operating procedures, vehicle systems, and hours of service and other non-driving activities. Students do not need a learner’s permit to begin the course but must have one before they can advance to CDL-A or B. 

20 sessions, $150* (includes a $91 lab fee).

Fall 2023

SYN #03251 | 09/05/2023 - 09/29/2023 | Lecture Mon-Fri | 12:01 a.m.-12:00 a.m. | Online

SYN #03252 | 10/02/2023 - 10/27/2023 | Lecture Mon-Fri | 12:01 a.m.-12:00 a.m. | Online

SYN #03253 | 11/06/2023 - 12/01/2023 | Lecture Mon-Fri | 12:01 a.m.-12:00 a.m. | Online

SYN #03254 | 12/04/2023 - 12/29/2023 | Lecture Mon-Fri | 12:01 a.m.-12:00 a.m. | Online

CDL-324 Commercial Driver's License (CDL): Class A

This course offers personalized training through the duration of your learner's permit with "one-on-one" student/instructor training designed to prepare student drivers for the Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) exam.

Learning topics include federal rules and regulations, hours of service logs, pre-trip vehicle inspection, automatic or manual transmission operation, backing and parking skills, on-road maneuvers, city and highway driving, coupling and uncoupling tractor and trailer, and mock testing. A final MVA exam will be scheduled and a Class A vehicle will be provided for license testing.

$3,950 (includes a $3,500 vehicle fee).

Please call 301-546-0062 or email TDI@pgcc.edu for enrollment information.

CDL-301 Commercial Driver's License (CDL): Class B

This course is for those looking to drive commercial Class B trucks and passenger vehicles or school buses. Student drivers will learn the skills necessary to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

Upon obtaining the Class B CDL, the graduate is capable of obtaining an entry-level employment as a Class B commercial vehicle driver. The intent of the Class B program is to offer upgraded training for students either working in the field or seeking work as a CDL Class B driver. Flexible weekday and weekend schedules available.

$1,990* (includes a $1,592 vehicle fee).

Please call 301-546-0062 or email TDI@pgcc.edu for enrollment information.

Contact Information

Phone: 301-546-0062
Email: tdi@pgcc.edu