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CDL Program Description

The Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Certificate program at Hocking College instructs and trains for Class A Commercial Driver's License and Hazmat Training. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity: the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds. This program trains drivers to transfer goods both locally and cross-country, sometimes spanning several states.

The trucking industry is in need of Class A and B drivers, and by current estimates, there are over 80,000 CDL drivers needed nationwide. 

Hocking College's Commercial Truck Driver Training School lasts for 4 weeks at 160 hours, after which you test for your state-licensed CDL exam. The equipment used is made up of conventional model tractors with 53' trailers. After just one week of classroom training, the rest of the course consists of hands-on experience in our industry-standard vehicles. The program offers truck driver training in a variety of course models to fit any timeline. The training program courses vary in intensity and duration and can be utilized by new students, existing students, and corporate sponsors. Come learn with Hocking College, in a career that can literally take you places.


DOT physical and CDL permit required. Grant funding is available through the Ohio Department of Higher Education Short Term Certificate Grant Program. For more information, contact Adam Fowler, Dean of Workforce Development.


Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services

Not part of the All-Inclusive Pricing


Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.


Opportunities with a CDL are Plentiful

As the demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.

Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. 

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Public Disclosure of Licensure

Hocking College offers courses, associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Successful completion of the programs listed on this page may potentially lead to professional licensure, registration or certification. Licensure, registration or certification may be global, national, or state-specific. This meets the requirements for the State of Ohio. Requirements for other states may vary. If you currently live in a state other than Ohio or intend to move to a state other than Ohio and use the education completed at Hocking College to sit for such an exam, be aware there may be additional requirements. Please contact the appropriate administering body and/or the college contact for the program to discuss your intentions.

Commercial Driver License Licensure Disclosure

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 


Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present and come to an informed sense of self and others.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.


Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in the Commercial Driver's License program:

  • Training in a variety of course models to fit any timeline.
  • Experience in long-haul driving and operating trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—exceeding 26,001 pounds.

New academic programs and curriculums being re-designed based on industry needs will have outcome data available after one complete graduation cycle. 

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