CDL Training Class

man driving truck


This course is not currently available.

Do you need to drive a commercial vehicle for your company from time to time?

Do you have a driver's license and need an endorsement to drive a school bus or commercial vehicle? (In the news: Bus Drivers Still Needed as School Year Approaches​)

Did you let your CDL expire?

The CDL Preparation and Test class (TRAN 512) includes the Iowa DOT examination (pre-trip, skills course, driving test). Upon successful completion of the course, participants will obtain a Class A or Class B CDL license and a Certificate of Completion of “Entry Level Driver Training”, and can include a school bus CDL endorsement.


This course includes third party skills testing and retesting as needed. No further examining with the Iowa DOT is required before getting your CDL issued.

New sessions are starting every 2-3 weeks at our Southridge Center.


1111 E. Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315

Learn more by calling Galen at 515-256-4905 or Mary at 515-256-4912


Class Information

The class meets twice, once for orientation and once for a training and testing day, with further training/retesting days scheduled as needed.

Study materials and online content is provided at the first session.

Click “Register Online” to see the current schedule:

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Course Requirements

  • Valid driver's license,
  • Commercial Learners Permit (CLP), and
  • Experience operating vehicles and backing a trailer

What You'll Learn

  • Develop the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a CMV
  • Vehicle inspection
  • basic control of the vehicle
  • backing
  • defensive driving
  • hazard awareness
  • and P & S endorsement procedures (if desired)
  • and more. 

All equipment is provided.

The course meets the requirements for “Entry Level Driver Training” as outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), (49 CFR § 380.503). Through a combination of classroom, on-line, home study, practice range and road time, this course provides individuals the opportunity to meet the hours required and prepare for final CDL testing.

Note: This course is NOT for drivers who want to be professional over the road truck drivers. DMACC offers a professional driving program. Visit the DMACC Transportation Institute for more information on becoming a professional over-the-road driver.