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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 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 Oregon driver license with at least one year 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 and drug screening (completed after acceptance into program)
    • Once you have met program prerequisites, you will need to obtain a Class A CDL learner permit with Airbrake and Combination Vehicles endorsements prior to the start of the program session. Test administered at DMV in English only.
  • Session Start Dates

    Summer Term: All Classes full as of 6/6/22- applications are still being accepted for alternate positions. 

    Location: Salem Campus. (Class hours subject to change)
    July 11 - Aug 19,  Monday through Friday- 7am to Noon. (6-week training) 
    July 11 - Sept 16, Mon/Wed/Fri- 6pm to 9 pm and Sat- 8am to 3pm. (10-week training)
    Aug 22 - Sept 30, Monday through Friday- 7am to Noon. (6-week training)
    Fall Term: 
    Location: Salem Campus (class hours subject to change)
    October 3 - October 28, Monday through Friday- 8 am to 4 pm. (4-week training)
    October 31 - November 30, Monday through Friday- 8 am to 4 pm. (4-week training) No class/Holidays on: 11/11, 11/24 & 11/25 
    December 5 - January 6, Monday through Friday- 8 am to 4 pm. (4-week training) No class/Holidays on: 12/22,12/23, 12/26, 12/30 & 1/2  
  • Application Process

    Please complete the following steps for entry into the program-

    Return application and driving record 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
    FeePaid ByAmount
    DOT Drug Screen Student (Chemeketa orders and schedules)   $50
    DOT Physical Exam Student $90
    DOT Driving Record Student $3
    CDL Learners Permit Student $23
    Knowledge Test Student $10
    Airbrakes Test Student $10
    Combination Vehicle Student $10
     CDL Program

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

    *Starting 10/3/2022 tuition total will be $5,000*



    Post Training
    FeePaid By  Amount
    CDL Testing Student $220*
    CDL Driver's License Student $75-$135*

    *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
    • Financial assistance is available to qualifying students offered through Worksource Oregon Vocational Scholarship. Please visit the Worksource Oregon website for more information at  
    • Chemeketa Job Corps Scholars
      • Truck Driving is an eligible program
    • 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.

  • 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!


    Refresher Courses 
    DescriptionPaid 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 (book included) for a hazardous materials endorsement allowing you to drive any vehicle carrying hazardous materials.

    You must have your CDL Class A Learner's Permit for acceptance to class (required to submit a copy).

    Classes 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.