Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation

The Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Career Pathway Certificate teaches the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) and meets the requirements for Entry Level Driver Training as outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), (49 CFR § 380.503). A combination of online, practice range and road time prepares the student to perform vehicle inspection, basic control of the vehicle, backing up, defensive driving and hazard awareness.  Upon successful completion of instruction and testing, students may obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Credits: Noncredit
Locations: Calmar, Peosta

Paying for the Program


You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Career Outlook

$23,557 - 54,527

Estimated annual salary range for Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

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It is easy to apply to the Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Career Pathway Certificate program!

New federal standards require that participants pass the General Knowledge, Combination Vehicle and Air Brakes tests at the Department of Motor Vehicles and obtain their Commercial Learner’s Permit prior to the start of class.

Students in safety-sensitive programs must present themselves free from the use of all illegal drugs, free from the use and effects of alcohol, and aware of the effects of prescription medication. Consequently, the use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs by students in these areas is prohibited. Students may be required to submit to drug and alcohol screening. Criminal history, driving record, and health may impact your employment opportunities. Upon course completion, a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical may be required for employment.

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CDL Coursework
Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 80 Hours
Total Hours 80 hours

Upon successful completion of online coursework and testing, graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate may obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and enter the workforce.

Iowa CDL Test Prep App

The State of Iowa provides a mobile app to assist Iowa residents interested in getting a CDL study for the written portion of the exam. The app is an interactive version of the official CDL manual developed by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with resource guides and quizzes to help users identify subject areas they may need to study further. Find more information on the Iowa CDL Test Prep App webpage or download the CDL Test Prep App Fact Sheet.

Child Care Assistance

In partnership with Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Opportunity Dubuque, the College will provide child care assistance at no cost to those who qualify while students are in class for this program. Also, full-time employed graduates from this program may qualify for additional child care support for up to 12 months at a licensed or registered child care provider. Child care services are available in the Dubuque and Peosta areas only.

Sara Goedken
BCS Program Manager - Transportation

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  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 372
  • Location: Peosta