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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$30,000

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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 lasting four weeks-

  • CDL 101- Introduction to Professional Truck Driving & Logistics (40 hours)
  • CDL 102- Practical Applications in Professional Truck Driving & Logistics (80 hours)
  • CDL 103- 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

    Winter Term: Classes begin January 18, 2022. Location: Salem Campus
    Days/Times: Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm (subject to change). One overnight drive required during session-exact date to be determined in class. 

    Spring Term: Classes begin March 28, 2022. Location: Salem Campus
    Days/Times: Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm (subject to change). One overnight drive required during session-exact date to be determined in class. 


  • 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

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



    Post Training
    FeePaid ByAmount
    CDL Testing Student $200*
    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.