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Big rigs are the life line to our everyday necessities. From food, clothing, natural resources, produce, cars, furniture, and fuel, it’s no wonder that this industry is in demand and has great benefits.

In just a five weeks, the Commercial Driver Training (CDT) program at Western Technical College will prepare you with the skills you need to embark in a career that is full of traveling, networking, variety, flexibility, and job security. If you love the open road, we can turn your passion into a reality.

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Learn From the Best: Our experienced instructors will prepare you with the knowledge and basic skills needed to test for the Commercial Driver’s License and job qualification as a trainee driver for Texas and New Mexico.

Spacious Training Facilities: Our CDT program features a five-acre private driving range where you will practice safety procedures, driving, parking, and maneuvering modern semi-trucks and trailers to gain Real World experience. Part of your training will include instructed practice driving throughout the city of El Paso.

Flexible Schedules: We know life can be hectic and that is why we offer two flexible schedules to choose from. Attend classes around what works best for you and choose from day or evening classes. You can complete your Commercial Driver Training in just 5 weeks (day) or 10 weeks (evening).

Licensure: You’ll acquire your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) before you graduate. This is a certificate of completion program that’s approximately 50 percent classroom training and 50 percent hands-on training.

Official Testing Site: For your convenience, we have certified 3rd party testers on staff who can test our students and can test applicants with an out-of-state Driver’s license! This alleviates you having to wait in the long lines at the Department of Motor Safety Office and gets you on the road faster!


Knowledge Testing: Students who obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) have the opportunity to test for the following additional endorsements: doubles and triples, tankers, and hazardous materials.


General Freight Trucking
Specialized Freight Trucking
Delivery Truck Driver
Heavy Equipment Hauler
Over the Road Truck Driver


Equipped for Your Success

Vehicle subsystem component trainers
Safety reference materials by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Modern semi-trucks and trailers
Private practice vehicle driving range

Additional Program and Outcomes Details

Additional Program and Outcomes Details can be found on our disclosures page.