What is the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Program?
The objective of the CDL program is to provide an opportunity for students to embark on a meaningful and rewarding career in the logistics industry. This is accomplished with the use of proven methods and experienced instructors. Our students receive all of the skills and required training necessary to pass the CDL-A road exam!
What are my career options?
What are my degree, diploma, and certificate options?
How Do I apply?
In order to qualify for enrollment in an available course, students must meet the following requirements:
- Be able to read and write the English language.
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have a valid KY Driver’s license
- Submit college transcripts, if applicable*
- Meet the Federal DOT physical requirements
- Pass a DOT / 12-panel drug screen (within 30 days of class)
- Student must contact their CDL advisor to confirm their start date after meeting all requirements
*SCC no longer requires high school transcripts or test scores for the CDL program, but college transcripts are required when applicable.
How to Get Started
- Submit your application on our website by clicking the “Start your Application” button and applying for the Tractor Trailer / Truck Driving program.
- Follow up with your CDL advisor for funding opportunities, and instructions on how to submit required documents.
Somerset Community College will accept enrollment for all students regardless of their personal backgrounds as long as they are able to meet the entry requirements and submit all enrollment documents required. However, it may be difficult for some individuals to find employment after graduating.
- According to Title 48, Subtitle B, Chapter III, Subchapter B, Part 383, Subpart D, § 383.51 of the FMCSA guidelines, federal regulations do not prohibit a driver who has been convicted of a felony from operating a CMV unless the offense involved the use of a motor vehicle (CMV or Non-CMV).
- Drivers who have a motor vehicle related felony charge may not be eligible to maintain a CDL-A license and/or could impact employment opportunities.
How much does the CDL Program cost?
Students are responsible for the following, which tuition does NOT cover:
- DOT Physical: $25 - $75
- DOT/12-Panel drug screen: $25 - $100
- Permit: $11
- Skills Fee: $50
- CDL Application: $24
- Skills Fee – Retest, if applicable: $52.50
Students are not eligible for financial aid but may qualify for third-party funding, scholarships, veteran funding, or loans.
- Funding up to $3,800
- Available for dislocated workers, low income, and youth students.
This is through your local Kentucky Career Center. Please visit Kentucky Career Center Locations to find your local case manager. If you do not have a local one, you can contact the one nearest to you or the Pulaski County office.
- Funding up to $1140: The WRKS only pays for the Tuition and student fees for the 6 credit hours that CDL is eligible for.
- Available for Kentucky Residents who have not obtained an Associate’s Degree.
Please visit Work Ready Kentucky for instructions and eligibility requirements. You may also contact our financial aid office at 1-855-664-6722.
- Funding available for students with prior or current employment in an agricultural job recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Please call 1-800-950-3276 for more information!
- Small scholarships available
Funding is available on a case-by-case basis. You may be eligible for additional funds if you have been impacted by the decline of coal from specific counties.
Please call (606) 677-6000 for more information!
For help with VA benefits, please contact Kimberly Rose in the financial aid office:
What is the schedule for The CDL program?
This four-week course includes 160 hours of training. A fifth week at the end of the course is reserved for test scheduling and practicing.
Class is held Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. New classes are typically held every 6 weeks in each location.