Commercial Truck Driving: Entry Level

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South Campus

Pam Simpson

Dan French

Bob Gunter

Marc Jones

Admissions Office

Location South Campus

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Students prepare for entry-level employment as commercial truck drivers with the goal of a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with all endorsements.

Training takes place in classrooms, on Bates' truck driving range, and on the road, using a variety of equipment.

Note: Through an Opportunity Grant, special tuition and book funding is available to assist low-income adult students entering this program. Contact Ramon Burton, 253.680.7544, for more information. Want to learn English and study for this program? Check out this I-BEST option!


Applicants must:

1. possess a valid Washington state driver's license;

2. have a driving record with no DUI,  negligent, reckless, or hit and run infractions within the past five years;

3. have no more than three moving violations in the past 36 months (a state vehicle operating requirement);

4. must be able to pass the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam and drug screen*;

  • FMCSA is changing regulations about who can provide a DOT physical exam from "any willing provider" to a National Registry of Medical Examiners. A link to that registry is here:
  • MultiCare Centers of Occupational Medicine is one of these providers.  The fee for this examination is $100.  The locations are listed on their website An appointment can be scheduled by calling 1-888-280-5513, option 1, and ask for a private pay DOT physical at the clinic you prefer.

5. be a minimum of 18 years of age to enroll in local commercial driving; and 

6. be a minimum of 21 years of age to enroll in long-haul commercial driving.

*DOT drug tests require laboratory testing (49 CFR Part 40 Subpart F) for the following five classes of drugs: 

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates - opium and codeine derivatives
  • Amphetamines and methamphetamines
  • Phencyclidine - PCP 

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Program Length: Two quarters (approximate)

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Certificate of Training: 40 Credits


TRUCK 101 Safety/First Aid
TRUCK 102 Introduction to the Trucking Industry
TRUCK 103 Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
TRUCK 104 Pre-Trip Requirements
TRUCK 105 Close Quarters Operation
TRUCK 106 Materials/Cargo I
TRUCK 107 City/Town Driving
TRUCK 108 Freeway/Open Road I


Students must choose one option:

Option A: Local CREDITS

TRUCK 110 City/Town Driving
TRUCK 111 Materials/Cargo II

Option B: Long Haul CREDITS

TRUCK 112 Freeway/Open Road II
TRUCK 113 Advanced Commercial Driving