Class A CDL


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Fast Facts

Tuition: $4,600

Classes start monthly and rotate between a weekday schedule and evenings/weekends. Scroll down to review our schedule. 

We do not qualify for traditional sources of financial aid, but work with external programs that can help. You can review the list here: Funding Resources

Fill out a contact form to start the registration process!

Course Details

The CDL Class A training program is an accelerated  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.


Driver Qualification File

All students must complete and submit a driver qualification file including the following documents. This will be part of the registration process. Be ready to provide: 

  • Current Driver’s License
  • DOT Medical Card
  • 3 years employment history
  • 3 years residency

Online Theory Class

Self paced, online modules that you can complete at your convenience prior to behind-the-wheel training. Typically takes around 30 hours to complete. 

Behind-the-Wheel Training

Behind-the-wheel  trainings are 4-5 weeks plus CDL Skills Exam (scheduled upon completion of class hours). Schedule may vary for on-site training activities, weather, and vehicle availability.

Weekday Schedule

Monday through Friday, starting at either 7:00am OR 11:30am.

Weekend Schedule 

Saturday through Wednesday session start times vary. 

Upcoming Behind-The-Wheel Training

We run classes once per month throughout the year. Here our classes open for registration:

November 2022 (weekday schedule)

  • Theory/Prework (online/self-paced): October 3, 2022
  • Behind the Wheel: Friday, November 11 – Monday, December 12 (Monday-Friday)
    • Session 1: 7:00a – 11:00a
    • Session 2: 11:30a – 3:30p

January 2023 (weekday schedule)

  • Theory/Prework (online/self-paced): November 10, 2022
  • Behind the Wheel: Monday, January 9 – Thursday, February 9 (Monday-Friday)
    • Session 1: 7:00a – 11:00a
    • Session 2: 11:30a – 3:30p
Additional courses are added regularly. Please check back if you do not see a course that fits your schedule.

Cost: $4600

Tuition includes one CDL Skills Exam Fee

The following fees are not included in tuition and are the responsibility of the student (estimated costs)

Medical Card: ~$150

Commercial Learners Permit: ~$10

Commercial Drivers License: ~$20

Course Policies and Expecations

Please review our class Policies and Expectations:

ABQ CDL Policies and Expectations

Student Code of Conduct 2022

Financial Assistance is available!