Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Auto Tech, Mechanics and Transportation

This program teaches the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Federal standards require that 14 days prior to testing the participants must obtain the Commercial Learner's Permit (CDL Permit), which requires passing the General Knowledge, Combination Vehicle and Air Brakes tests. A combination of classroom, home study, 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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Before registration you will need to obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) which includes three tests taken at the Department of Transportation (DOT): General Knowledge, Air Brake and Combination Vehicle.

After you obtain the CLP, you will need to register with the FMSCA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. You will also need to pass and pay for your Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and pre-employment drug/alcohol screening. Instructions on how to submit this information will be sent to you after registration is complete.

Register by phone or submit your registration online.

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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.

Alexandra Monaghan
Program Developer

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2285
  • Location: Peosta
Shara Sparrgrove

Shara Sparrgrove, B.B.A.
Success Model Coordinator

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 3105
  • Location: Dubuque