Commercial Vehicle Operator A Class, Continuing Education Certificate

Commercial vehicle operation is an important component of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics industry.  This training prepares students to test for a Maryland CDL-A license.

Commercial drivers of tractor trailers provide local daily service or make intercity and interstate trips that are longer and vary from job to job.  Heavy truck and tractor trailer drivers may spend most of their time behind the wheel, but may be required to load or unload their cargo upon arrival at their final destination.  They often travel at night and on holidays and weekends to avoid traffic delays and deliver cargo on time.  Drivers conduct pre-trip vehicle inspections and must report to the dispatcher any equipment that is inoperable, defective or missing. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires drivers to keep a log of their activities, including the condition of the truck, hours of service and the circumstances of any accidents.

Program objectives

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Students will be prepared to take the Maryland Commercial Driver's License exam.

Students will be awarded various CDL certificates (e.g. Defensive Driving and New Driver Training).

Licensing Organization:

CDL A: Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) - upon successfully completing the MVA final licensing exam.

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • College Promise
  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

CDL- A: 280 hours

Full-time class meets Monday -Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for 10 weeks.

Weekend class meets Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for 20 weeks.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum age of 21 (commercial drivers must be 21 years of age to drive across state lines)
  • Be able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug screen & physical
  • Possess a valid Maryland Driver's License (regular Class C)
  • Maintain zero points for drug/alcohol violations

Recommended:  High School Diploma or GED (highly preferred, but not required)

The Maryland MVA's CDL-A licensing exam is taken at the end of the course.  The exam includes pre-trip inspections, range maneuvers, and completion of a road test of 14+ miles

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

​Provisional Entry – Valid Maryland Class C Driver's license 

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence






Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs **


VOA 553

Learner Permit and Pre-Trip Introduction





VOA 554  CDL Class A – Maneuvers and Road Skill Basics  91 none



VOA 555 CDL-A Road and Advanced Safety Skills 91 none



Course Series Totals: 280 NA



Additional Information

Career Opportunities:

CDL-A: drive tractor trailers and tankers both in-state and out-of-state
CDL-B: drive heavy straight trucks, 15+ passenger vans, buses, and coaches

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator:  Stacy Igo | |  443-840-4878 | Catonsville | BESS 100L

Administrative Assistant:  Danielle Bennett | |  443-840-4925 | Catonsville | BESS 100