Commercial Driver Training

Big Truck, Big Road, Keeping America Moving! That’s Life.Changing! If you’re looking for a job that will take you places, maybe it’s time to take it to the road! 
Campus North Campus
Length of Program 6-9 Weeks
Diploma/Degree  Certificate

By taking the Indian Hills Commercial Driving Program, in just six short weeks you could be making $50,000 or more. One of every 19 people in America is employed by the trucking industry, so what are YOU waiting for? Let’s take a ride!

Each year, Indian Hills offers eight standard six–week courses and two nine–week weekend courses, both for 10 college credits. The standard courses meet for six weeks, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The weekend courses meet for nine weekends, Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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What you will learn:

Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements: 

  • Proper driving techniques for commercial vehicles
  • Proper backing procedures for combination vehicles
  • Map reading, trip planning and scheduling
  • Proper communication skills
  • Road etiquette


Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Commercial Driver Training Program Details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as a Commercial Driver, Driver Safety Manager, or even a Construction Equipment Operator!

What you need to start class:
  • CDL Permit
  • Certified Copy of your Motor Vehicle Report
  • DOT Physical 

Federal DOT requires (Part 391.11.b.2) that students can read and speak in the English language sufficiently. As a result, students will be subject to taking the ESL ACCUPLACER Exam at the start of the program and must score an Advanced Level to continue. Please contact us for more details on exact scores and concurrent enrollment specifications.

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Advanced endorsement classes available, click below for more information:


Advance Tanker Training

Our two-week course will prepare each student with the knowledge and skills needed to safely haul a loaded tanker. Each student will receive one-on-one training from our Instructors. This course is set up to offer a minimum of 60 hours behind the wheel driving, with an additional 20 hours split between pre-trip, classroom, and some simulator training.

Prior to enrolling in our Advanced CDL Training program students will be subject to a pre-course driving assessment. The assessment will measure the potential student’s ability to demonstrate a safety-conscious mindset needed to haul a loaded tanker.

During this one-on-one training, each student will be subject to daily assessment by their Instructor with constructive corrective action to follow and uphold the standard of safety the industry deserves. Students will receive a certificate upon completion.

The driving point behind this training is to prepare each student for their new career behind the wheel with a tank of liquid.

Indian Hills Commercial Driver programs consistently prove to produce safe, knowledgeable, and professionally capable Drivers. The goal for the Advanced CDL Training (Tank) is to provide our students with the skills and mindset to be successful in the industry and to provide employers piece of mind when it comes to hiring Indian Hills students as new employees to their company.

Topics Covered:

  • Backing Maneuvers: (Straight line – Parallel & Offset - 90° & 45°, curves and obstacles.)
  • Braking - Stopping – Emergency Stopping
  • Curves- Real life scenarios including a variety of curves and varying speeds
  • Entering/Exiting Terminals
  • Interstate Driving
  • Metro Areas
  • Visiting Truck Stops. (etiquette & backing)
  • Practice On/Off ramps
  • Speed & Space Management
  • Hours of Service – Paper Log Book

To find out more information about our upcoming classes, please contact our instructors.


Class B CDL Passenger/School Bus Endorsement

There is a real need for Professional Drivers in the Passenger and School Bus industry.  If you take safety seriously, are looking for a career change and to earn some extra money, this might be the job for you!  There are opportunities for both full and part-time drivers. 

CDL Passenger Endorsement is required for any commercial vehicle that transports 16 or more passengers, including the driver.  This would include delivery vehicles, motor coaches, and public service motor vehicles such as school buses.  School bus drivers must have a School Bus Endorsement in addition to the Passenger Endorsement.

During our course, students will learn the theory, as well as the skills necessary to safely drive school and other passenger buses in many situations and environments.  At the conclusion of the course, the DOT skills test will be administered onsite, and upon passing, students will be eligible to obtain a Class ‘B’ Commercial Driver’s license, carrying the Passenger Endorsement.

On the first day of class, students will be required to present a certified copy of their MVR (Motor Vehicle Record), Commercial Learner’s Permit, school bus/passenger permits (depending on which endorsements they are looking to obtain), and a current DOT physical.  Students must submit to a drug screen that will be administered during the course.

Cost: $950.00

Each class series is 8 sessions.

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Looking to obtain your Hazardous Materials Endorsement?

This course will discuss and review the Federal knowledge requirements for trainees seeking a Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement to operate CMVs used in the transportation of hazardous materials as defined in § 383.5. Trainees seeking an H endorsement, as described in § 383.93(c)(4), must complete this curriculum with an 80% or higher  in order to take the State administered knowledge test for the H endorsement.

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Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask!

Cole Payne, Coordinator/Instructor, Advanced Manufacturing and Commercial Driver's License
(641)-683-5111 ext. 1868 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1868
[email protected]

(641)-683-5249 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5249
[email protected]

David Hynick, Instructor, Commercial Truck Driving
(641)-683-4267 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 4267
[email protected]

Justin Masters, Instructor
(641)-683-5111, ext. 4256 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 4256
[email protected]


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration- FMCSA

Indian Hills Community College is FMCSA Registered as an Entry- Level Driver Training Program for Commercial Motor Vehicles.