Commercial Transportation and Maintenance (CDL)

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The Commercial Transportation and Maintenance (CTM) program teaches the basic knowledge and skills to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle successfully and safely in inter-state commerce.

Upon successful completion of the CTM program, students will be qualified to take the Washington State Department of Licensing’s knowledge and skills tests to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  This program is designed for licensure/certification in the State of Washington. Grays Harbor College cannot guarantee the transferability of licensure, certificate, or credential to another state.

GHC offers two pathways for completing the CTM program:

Certificate of Achievement

This pathway is 8 weeks long and runs for a total of 232 hours, providing more than the minimum training hours required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • This certificate is not eligible for standard State or Federal financial aid. However, you may qualify for Workforce Funding, which may provide financial assistance for tuition, fees, and other expenses associated with the program (see Financial Assistance below).

Certificate of Completion

This pathway requires two academic quarters, which include the following courses:

  • Introduction to Diesel Technology
  • Intermediate Diesel Technology
  • English
  • Math
  • Social Science

Following the successful completion of two academic quarters, the third quarter will include 8 weeks of core CTM courses (total of 232 hours).

  • This certificate is eligible for standard State or Federal financial aid to those who qualify.
  • Workforce Funding may provide financial assistance for tuition, fees, and other expenses associated with the program to those who qualify (see Financial Assistance below).

Dates Offered

All courses are held at the Satsop Development Park in Elma, WA.

Fall (2022): September 19 to October 28

  • Registration: Open May 5 to September 16
  • Time: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:00 pm

Winter (2023): January 3 to February 14

  • Registration: Open October 13 to December 30
  • Time: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:00 pm

Spring (2023): April 10 to May 19

  • Registration: Open February 9 to April 7
  • Time: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:00 pm

Prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required for the program:

  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. Not have a felony within the past five years;
  5. Must be able to pass the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam and drug screen;
  6. Must be able to pass CDL Knowledge Tests and obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) through the Washington State Department of Licensing;
  7. Must be able to pass GHC’s reading placement test;
  8. Be a minimum of 18 years of age to qualify for local or WA state only commercial driving (intrastate);
  9. Be a minimum of 21 years of age to qualify for long-haul commercial driving (interstate).

Tuition and Course Fees

The CDL program tuition and course fees are as follows:

  • Tuition: $1,486.00
  • Course Fees: $2,014

Total: $3,500*

*Based on 2021-2022 Tuition and Fee Schedule. Amount is subject to change.

Other Fees

The approximate costs below are required prior to registration:

  • Full Driving Record: $13
  • DOT physical (physician must be DOT certified): $100-$200
  • GHC placement test (reading only): $5
  • CDL Knowledge Tests: $35
  • Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP): $40

Apply

A limited number of seats are available in the CTM program each quarter. Interested students are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible as seats are filled on a first-come-first served basis.  To apply, applicants must:

  1. Apply to Grays Harbor College
  2. Apply for Workforce Funding (more details below)
  3. Complete and submit following forms:
    1. UA Authorization
    2. Risk Acknowledgement
    3. Training Funding Agreement
  4. Obtain a Full Driving Record and submit
  5. Obtain a DOT approved physical exam and submit
  6. Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) and submit
    1. Must pass CDL Knowledge Tests to obtain permit
  7. Schedule and pass a GHC reading placement test

Please submit documents to:

Marjie Stratton, Assistant to the VP of Instruction
Manspeaker Building – Room 2424 (4th floor)
9 am - 4:30 pm M-F

Registration

Once all required documents have been received and successfully processed, GHC will arrange for registration into the course. Please note the registration timelines above.

Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for funding assistance to help you meet your career goals.

Workforce Funding

By enrolling in the CTM program, you may be eligible for funding, resources and support to help you meet your career goals. Visit Workforce Funding’s webpage to apply.

Questions

Contact Marjie Stratton at (360) 538-4011 or marjie.stratton@ghc.edu.

Career Information

Some career fields that require a Class A CDL include: DOT, PUD, diesel mechanic, and working for the county.

Employment Resources

Career Examples 

  • Dump truck driver
  • Log truck driver
  • Chip truck driver
  • Concrete truck driver
  • Tanker driver
  • Dry van driver

Roland Guined, Grays Harbor College Class of 2013I did some research on the CDL programs offered around the state.  By far, the program offered at GHC was the best choice. 

The CDL class at GHC is longer than others but it teaches you how to drive safely not just pass the state test. The class size is small which gives more one on one time with the instructor. 

The instructors teach you how to drive in the real world, and give examples of things a truck driver may encounter in their career. The instructors are very knowledgeable in all parts of the class and what life is like for a person that holds a CDL. I would strongly recommend this class and GHC to anyone looking to get his/her CDL. 

Roland Guined
Grays Harbor Class of 2013 

This program is designed for licensure/certification in the State of Washington. Grays Harbor College cannot guarantee the transferability of licensure, certificate, or credential to another state.