Commercial Driver License

The Commercial Driver License (CDL) program is a standalone certification program that includes comprehensive, hands-on training on the road and in a driving simulator.




Winter 2023 Course Information

For the first two weeks, students will be in the classroom. After the first week, students will be eligible to earn their CDL permit. The permit is required to continue in class. The next three weeks include driving practice, maneuvering, and management activities. 

  • Session 1 - 7:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, Jan. 3-Feb. 3
  • Session 2 - 7:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, Feb. 6-March 10


Registration packets are now available. Download a registration packet (pdf) and bring it to one of the registration events below. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

8am-5pm Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 28-29
CTE Office (TEC 114), 301 S. King St., Centralia

You’ll learn to maneuver a commercial vehicle in different traffic conditions; operate a tractor-trailer combination; and navigate safely forward and backward around various obstacles. This course is designed to prepare students to take the State of Washington tests necessary to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License for the professional truck driving industry.

  • 18 years of age older
  • Pass federal Department of Transportation health and drug screening
  • Valid Washington driver's license
  • No DUI, hit and run, reckless, or negligent infractions within the past five years
  • Have no more than three moving violations in the last three years

Degree: Certificate of Completion
Emphasis: Commercial Driver License
Credits: 12

Students enroll in and take just one class - CDL 100 Commercial Truck Driving. The class is offered every quarter. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register early and ask about waitlist options.

Students who successfully take and pass the Washington exam for a CDL are qualified for a wide variety of transportation positions across a variety of fields. A 2017 American Trucking Association report noted a need for almost 900,000 new drivers to meet demand. That spells job security and negotiating power for adults with a Commercial Driver’s License.


Career & Technical Education
Tech (TEC) Building, Room 114