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Truck Driving

Chemeketa's truck driving certificate will provide the knowledge and skills needed to earn your Commercial Driver License (CDL) in four weeks.

Potential Salary$50,000

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  • Hands gripping a truck steering wheel
  • Truck driving instructor and student with truck
  • Chemeketa's truck with fall leaves in background

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
  • Program Requirements

    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 endorsementsTests administered at DMV in English only.
  • Session Start Dates

    Fall Term Schedule 2023:

    Location: Salem Campus (class hours subject to change)

    Class start date:  October 31 (November class) Schedule:  Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, 4-week training. No class/Holidays on 11/10, 11/23, or 11/24 (Currently, IN SESSION)

    Class start date:  December 4 Schedule:  Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, 4-week training. No class/Holidays on 12/25, or 12/26 (Currently, FULL, accepting alternates)


    Tentative dates for 2024:

    **Dates and times are subject to change. When applying please select the month you wish to apply for.**

    Class start date: January 3 - Schedule:  Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, 4-week training. No class/Holidays on 1/1 & 1/2.  (FULL, Accepting alternates)

    Class start date: February 5 - Schedule:  Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, 4-week training. No class/Holidays 2/19. (5 spots available)

    Class start date: March 4 - Schedule:  Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, 4-week training. (7 spots available)

    Class start date: April TBA - (7 spots available)

    Class start date: May TBA -  (7 spots available)

    Class start date: June TBA -  (7 spots available)

    Class start date: July TBA -  (7 spots available)

    Class start date: August TBA -  (7 spots available)

    Class start date: September TBA -  (7 spots available)

    Class start date: October TBA -  (7 spots available)

    Class start date: November TBA - (7 spots available)

    Class start date: December TBA -  (7 spots available)



  • Application Process

    Please complete the following steps for entry into the program-

    Return paper application and required documents to- 

    Chemeketa Community College
    Truck Driving Program
    Brandy Lehn
    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, paid online) $45
    DOT Physical Exam Student to testing facility $100+
    DOT Driving Record Student to DMV $3
    CDL Learners Permit Student to DMV $23 (will increase to $40 on January 1, 2024)
    Knowledge Test Student to DMV $10
    Airbrakes Test Student to DMV $10
    Combination Vehicles Student tp DMV $10
     CDL Program

    Student (see "payment information" menu
    for scholarship information below)



    Post Training
    Fee Paid By   Amount
    CDL Testing Student to HST $230*
    CDL Driver's License Student to DMV $75-$135* (will increase to $160-$224 on January 1, 2024)

    *Tuition and fees are subject to change.

  • Payment Information

    Payment Methods (non-credit programs are not eligible for financial aid through Chemeketa financial aid office.):

    • Cash, Check, Credit Card
    • Grants/Scholarships
      • 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.

    Worksource Oregon Vocational Scholarship 

    Chemeketa STEPS Program

    Students can obtain more information on the STEP webpage, or call 503.399.6482.

    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
    • Textbooks
    • Tools
    • Certification exams
    • Transportation
  • Refresher Courses

    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


  • HAZMAT Training
    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 or call 503.584.7537 for enrollment information. 

    Description Paid By Amount
    Hazmat Online Course Student $200

    Additional Requirements per DMV

    You must:

    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.