Get Your CDL!

Fast Facts

  • All curriculum meets the Entry Level Driver Training requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Tuition:
    • Class A: $4,800
    • Class B Straight Truck: $2,800
    • Class B Passenger: $3,100
  • Classes start monthly!
  • Funding Available! You can review the list here: Funding Resources
  • Your DOT Medical Card and Commercial Learner’s Permit are required to register for a class.

Step 1: APPLY

Step 2: Obtain a DOT Medical Card and Commercial Learner's Permit:

  • DOT Medical Card is confirms that you are healthy enough to safely perform the demanding job of a Commerical driver
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination must be conducted by a licensed “medical examiner” listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry
  • Students will receive a Class Timeline with deadlines completion dates
  • Once you have passed the physical examination, the medical examiner will issue a Medical Examiner’s Certificate
  • DOT Medical Card is required to obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit
  • You can find a Certified Medical Examiner here:
  • You must have a valid Commercial Learner’s Permit to register for classes
  • Commerical Learner’s Permits are issued at the MVD once you have passed the mandatory written tests
  • You must study the New Mexico CDL Manual to pass the knowledge tests and obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit: Commercial Driver’s License Manual
    • Class A Students must take the following tests:
      • General Knowledge: Chapters 1, 2, 3
      • Air Brakes: Chapter 5
      • Combinations: Chapter 6
    • Class B Students must take the following tests:
      • General Knowledge: Chapter 1, 2, 3
      • Air Brakes: Chapter 5
    • Passenger Endorsement Students must take the following tests:
      • General Knowledge: Chapter 1, 2, 3
      • Passenger Vehicles: Chapter 4
      • Air Brakes: Chapter 5
  • You must take your Real ID Documents with you to the MVD:
  • You must make an appointment to take the written tests at the MVD and obtain the Commercial Learner’s Permit:
  • Attend one of our monthly Introduction to CDL Sessions
  • Introduction to CDL will go over the basic steps you need to take to obtain your DOT Medical Card and Commercial Learner’s Permit. We will also go over the basic program requirements and expectations.
  • Offered once a month on Monday afternoon, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Click here to RSVP for a session today!

Once you have obtained and submitted your DOT Medical Card and Commercial Learner’s Permit, we will send you funding information and get you registered for our CDL Training Program.

Attend Class!

Theory Class is Online and Self Paced

  • Orientation to go over class and help students get started
  • 20 hours to complete Theory class
  • Students will receive a Class Timeline with deadlines completion dates
  • CNM Ingenuity Staff help students meet goals and complete tasks
  • CLASS A Students will receive training in our Simulator to help with basic shifting and driving
  • CNM Ingenuity Staff will lead a Driver Meeting to prepare you for Behind the Wheel class
  • Flexible Schedules available! Morning, Afternoon, and Weekends 
  • 4-5 weeks in person training
  • Groups of 2 students per instructor
  • Airbrakes
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Manual Transmission
  • Basic Control and Backing Skills
  • Log Books and Hours of Service
  • Over-the-road driving

CNM Ingenuity is a certified testing provider for New Mexico MVD

  • One exam fee included in tuition
  • Support provided for students who fail the first attempt
  • High student success rates!

Basic Schedules:

Theory/Prework Class

Theory: Self paced, online modules that you can complete at your convenience. Typically takes around 20 – 30 hours to complete. 

Prework: In Person sessions to prepare you for the Behind the Wheel Class. Includes Orientation, Simulator, Vehicle Inspection, and Log Books/Hours of Service


Behind-the-Wheel Training

Behind-the-Wheel  trainings are 4-5 weeks plus CDL Skills Exam (scheduled upon completion of class hours)

Flexible Schedules Available! We will work with you! Select from:

  • Weekday Morning:
    • Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 11:00am
  • Weekday Afternoon:
    • Monday through Friday, 11:30am – 3:30pm
  • Weekday – 2 days a week
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 7:00am – 3:30pm
  • Weekend Schedule 
    • Saturday and Sunday, 7:00am – 3:30pm

Upcoming Classes

MAY 2024 Class

Orientation: April 25, 2024

Theory/Prework: April 26, 2024

Behind the Wheel: May 13, 2024


June 2024 Class

Orientation: May 30, 2024

Theory/Prework: May 31, 2024

Behind the Wheel: June 12, 2024


July 2024 Class

Orientation: June 20, 2024

Theory/Prework: June 21, 2024

Behind the Wheel: July 15, 2024



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

  • Medical Card: ~$80-$150 (pending on clinic)
  • Commercial Learners Permit: ~$10
  • Commercial Drivers License: ~$20
  • CDL Skills Exam Retest Fee (if needed)

Course Policies and Expecations

Please review our class Policies and Expectations:

ABQ CDL Policies and Expectations – 2023 UPDATED (3)

Student Code of Conduct

Financial Assistance is available!

Scheduled Maintenance

CNM Ingenuity will be performing scheduled maintenance on Saturday, January 20 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Students will not be able to submit or modify any forms during this time. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please contact us with any questions.