Empowering Montana’s Workforce

Commercial Drivers License

With average salaries of over $40,000 and an expected job growth rate of 10% in Montana, the outlook for truck drivers is very promising.

CDL Training

Training Programs

There are a variety of options for obtaining a commercial driver’s license with most programs offering roughly 160 hours of training (widely considered the minimum necessary to gain over-the-road employment). While a list of all of the providers is listed below, we highlight two of the state’s more unique programs.

Miles Community College offers a six-week-long Commercial Transportation Basics CDL course designed to provide students who have minimal or no truck driving experience with the essential knowledge and practical skills to take the Montana CDL Class A Knowledge Test and Road Test. This six week course includes classroom instruction, hands-on labs, behind-the-wheel driving time, hours of service, trip planning, and much more. The program has an exceptional completion and job placement track record, meaning that the vast majority of students are successful in gaining a job as a truck driver upon completing the course. But perhaps the most remarkable element of MCC’s CDL course is its cost. At just $1,231 for in-district residents and $1,518 for most others the program is easily half the cost of most other CDL programs. With very inexpensive residential options, students can generally move to complete the CDL course in Miles City more cheaply than attending another truck driving school, regardless of the permanent address.

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CDL Program Providers

These schools provide CDL training programs

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