CDL Training

Course Overview

The Montana Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training Program offers an entry-level training course for drivers interested in obtaining their Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

This course will equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain a Class A CDL and meets the current FMCSA ELDT regulations.

The total course length is 4 weeks. Students will be in the classroom during the first week of class to prepare for the Montana Written CDL exam. The final three weeks of training will be a mixture of classroom and behind-the-wheel training to develop the skills and knowledge required to safely operate a commercial vehicle and pass the Montana CDL Driving Exam.

The Entry-Level Driver Training Course is open to the general public.


  • Must have a current and valid Montana Driver’s License

  • Be at least 18 years-old for intrastate; 21 years-old interstate

  • Be able to successfully pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical and obtain a valid medical examiner's certificate (MEC)

  • Be willing to participate in random drug and/or alcohol testing during training.



Costs include: ELDT Course, Classroom Materials, Montana CDL written examination costs, use of Tractor-Trailer for the Montana CDL Pre-trip/Skills/Road Test, pre-training drug screen, DOT Physical, and HAZMAT Background check (if needed) - $3,500 — Beginning July 1st, 2022, the cost of tuition will increase to $4,500.

    • Additional attempt(s) for the State CDL Test and use of Tractor-Trailer for State Test- (each attempt) - $100