Class A CDL


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Course Details

The CDL Class A training program is a four-week 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 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.

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 New Mexico MVD


Theory class

Self paced, online modules that you can complete at your convenience prior to behind-the-wheel training. Typically takes around 12-18 hours to complete. 

Behind-the-Wheel Training

Behind-the-wheel  trainings are 4 weeks plus CDL Skills Exam (scheduled upon completion of class hours). Schedule may vary for on-site training activities, weather, and vehicle availability.

Daytime Schedule

Monday through Friday, starting at 7:00am

Evening and Weekend Schedule 

Wednesday through Friday, 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Upcoming Behind-The-Wheel Training

October 18 – November 11 – Daytime Schedule – FULL!

  • Online Theory will start on September 20

November 13 – December 15 – Evening/Weekend – FULL!

  • Online Theory will start on October 18

January 6 – February 2 – Daytime Schedule

  • Online Theory will start on December 6
February 12 – Evening/Weekend Schedule
  • Online Theory will start on January 10

Additional courses are added regularly. Please check back if you do not see a course that fits your schedule.

Cost: $4200

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.

CNM Truck Driving School

12-15 Week Program

CNM’s School of Applied Technologies continues to offer a Class A. Their programs take approximately 12 – 15 weeks. Interested students apply via CNM to full-time student status. Learn more.

Financial Assistance is available!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CDL Theory class? 
The main purpose of the CDL Theory class is to help you study for the written exams at the MVD so you can obtain a Commercial Learner’s permit.

Is the CDL Theory class required? 
No, you are allowed to study and take the written exams on your own if you choose. 

Do you offer in person classes for CDL Theory? 
The CDL theory class is offered online only.  

When can I start CDL Theory Class? 
You can start this class any time and complete it at your own pace.

How long is the CDL Theory Class? 
It takes students about 12-18 hours to complete the class. It is important to keep studying after you complete the coursework. 

What if I don’t have a computer?
Please let us know so we can help you coordinate labs/resources to complete the class.

Do I need a Commercial Learner’s Permit to start a behind the wheel class? 
It is recommended that you have your permit before you start your behind the wheel class. However, we will work with you through the first week of class if you have experienced delays.  

What should I bring to Behind the Wheel class? 
Your commercial learner’s permit, driver’s license, and medical card. Be prepared to be outside – bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and snacks 

Do you train in automatic transmissions? 
All of our vehicles are manual transmission. 

How do I find a certified examiner for the Medical Examination? 
A registry of medical examiners is available on the FMCSA website: Our preferred vendor is Custom Health Services.  

What type of Drug Test do I need to take? 
You need to take a regulated drug test. This can be completed during the appointment for your medical examination.  

Do my drug test results expire? 
Drug test results older than 30 days are not valid for entry into our programs. You will need to retake the test.  

What happens if I fail the drug test? 
You will either have to attend a certified substance abuse program or wait 5 years to reenter the program. 

How do I obtain a driving record? 
The MVD driving record can be obtained at the NM MVD either in person or online.