The CDL Class A training program is a four-week, full-time program designed to teach students how to safely operate a Class A commercial vehicle and obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license. Students will receive theory instruction to prepare them for the written exams at the MVD. Once you have received your permit, you will attend three weeks of behind the wheel training with a CNM Ingenuity CDL instructor. Instruction is based on the New Mexico CDL Manual and the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration requirements including airbrakes, vehicle inspection, manual transmission, backing skills, and over the road driving. We will assist you in obtaining your Commercial Learner’s Permit.
The CDL Theory class is online and self-paced. This class will prepare you for your permit tests at the MVD. You can register and take this class at any time. The CDL Online Theory class must be completed before you start the Behind the Wheel class.
Behind the Wheel classes begin monthly; please check back for upcoming dates:
May/June 2021: Behind the Wheel: May 17-June 9
June/July 2021: Behind the Wheel: June 17-July 14 – FULL
July/August 2021: Behind the Wheel: July 17 – August 9 – Evening/Weekend Schedule Available!
August 2021: Behind the Wheel: August 16 – September 8
October 2021: Behind the Wheel: October 11 – November 2
November 2021: Behind the Wheel: November 8- December 2
Monday through Friday
Theory class: Self paced online
Behind the Wheel training 7am – 1pm
4 weeks, 120 hours of training plus CDL Skills Exam (scheduled upon completion of class hours)
Schedule may vary for on-site training activities, weather, and vehicle availability
If you already have a commercial learner’s permit, you are able to join class for the Behind the Wheel portion. Tuition for this option is $4000.
Price includes CDL Skills Exam Fee
Licensing fees are the responsibility of the student.
Prior to course: You must obtain a medical card and pass a drug test performed by a Certified Medical Examiner. You will also need to provide a driving record from the MVD.
Financial assistance available: ABQ CDL classes are non-credit courses that are not eligible for traditional financial aid. However, many Albuquerque residents qualify for funding resources that can cover some or all of their tuition costs. Financial assistance may also be available to help offset other costs as well. The following resources have specific qualification requirements. Our staff will work to connect you with as many resources as are available to you.
Job Training Albuquerque (JTA)
Job Training Albuquerque is a workforce development program that provides qualified Albuquerque employers with the opportunity to provide professional training to employees with no tuition cost or fees. You may qualify to take CDL classes at no charge if your employer meets these criteria:
- Incorporated as a for-profit or not-for-profit entity in NM
- Headquartered within the Albuquerque city limits
- A business with less than 500 employees
- Business has been located in Albuquerque for 1 year OR Business owner has been an Albuquerque resident for at least 1 year at any time prior to the time of training
- Business is willing and able to increase its workforce by at least one employee in the next two years.
This great opportunity is made possible through the collaboration between CNM Ingenuity and the City of Albuquerque. Job Training Albuquerque (JTA) is a workforce development program that provides opportunities for the local workforce to gain necessary skills in order to fill skill gaps and meet the workforce needs of existing and potential employers.
Apply for this workforce development opportunity to be funded through Job Training Albuquerque (JTA) by applying here: https://jobtrainingabq.org/application/
The CDL Class A Accelerated Program is eligible for GI Bill benefits. Veterans should apply for GI Bill benefits and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility before applying to the program.
Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) is for those who are unemployed or laid off. WIOA funding provides training funds for jobs in demand. Contact the New Mexico Workforce Connection at WIOA@wccnm.org or call 505.843.1900 for more details on WIOA program eligibility and enrollment. You can also visit their website at www.wccnm.org.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides tuition and other assistance for those who have an impairment which “constitutes a substantial impediment to employment.” Contact a DVR representative for more details.