Class A CDL


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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. 

  • Current Driver’s License
  • DOT Medical Card
  • Commercial Learner’s Permit
  • Drug Test Results (dated less than 30 days from Behind the Wheel start date)
  • MVD Driving Record

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:

September 2022 (weekday schedule)

  • Theory/Prework (online/self-paced): August 1, 2022
  • Behind the Wheel: Wednesday, September 14 – Tuesday, October 11 (Monday – Friday)
    • Session 1: 7:00a – 11:00a OR
    • Session 2: 11:30a – 3:30p

October 2022 (weekend schedule)

  • Theory/Prework (online/self-paced): September 2, 2022
  • Behind the Wheel: Friday, October 14 – Tuesday, November 8 (Saturday-Wednesday)
    • Session 1: 8:30a – 12:30p
    • Session 2: 1:00p – 5:00p

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

Cost: $4600

Price 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


Financial Assistance is available!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CDL Theory class? 
The purpose of the CDL Theory class is to cover topics to prepare you for behind the wheel class and 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? 
Yes, the theory class is required to complete your Entry Level Driver Training.

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

When can I start CDL Theory Class? 
Theory class starts about 5 weeks in advance of your Behind the Wheel class.

How long is the CDL Theory Class? 
It takes students about 20-30 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.