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Commercial Driver’s License and Equipment Training

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – General Information

Contact Us:
CDLinfo@aims.edu  
(970) 339-6554

Before training begins: 
CDL training starts with obtaining a CDL permit. Students will study for and obtain the permit on their own timeline with mentoring, information and assistance available from our training staff. You must have a DOT medical card and a CDL permit before entering the CDL driver training classes at Aims. DOT medical cards are obtained from a medical professional (some family doctors or specific CDL/DOT locations) and are required before you can receive a learner’s permit. The next requirement for a permit is to pass the written exam, which is taken at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) license office. CDL driver manuals (information, study guides) are usually available online at the DMV website and at DMV offices. BH/BC staff can sometimes assist with study for the written test to help with language, reading or learning disabilities. The CDL permit is good for one year so the student can access driver training.

Written Test Requirements for Class A:

  • General knowledge test
  • Air brakes test
  • Combination trailer test

Written Test Requirements for Class B:

  • General knowledge test
  • Air brakes test

Other Class Information and Requirements:

  • Students who are 18-20 years of age may obtain a CDL, but are restricted to in-state driving only.
    Students 21 years and older have no restrictions and may drive throughout the United States. 
  • Other endorsements: tanker, hazmat, and double / triples are not required for the training. These endorsements may be added at any time.
  • CDL Training Location: Aims Community College, Greeley Campus

CDL Training Offered Through Aims Community College

Class A – Tractor Trailer Combination

  • Combined vehicle and trailer vehicle weight (GVWR) exceeds 26,001 pounds
  • Three-week course at a cost of $3,500, which includes training and test fees. Truck and trailer are supplied for the training and testing. Training includes pre-trip inspection, skills test, double-clutch training and on the road driving.
  • Testing fees without training is $450, which includes the test fee, truck rental and fuel cost. If you supply your own vehicle; the cost is $250.

Class B – Straight Truck / No Trailer

  • Vehicle weight (GVWR) exceeds 26,001 pounds
  • One-week course at a cost of $1,500, which includes training and testing fees. Truck and trailer are supplied for the training and testing. Training includes pre-trip inspection, skills test, double-clutch training and on the road driving.
  • Testing fees without training is $450, which includes the test fee, truck rental, and fuel cost. If you supply your own vehicle, the cost is $250.
  • For passenger / school bus training and testing, contact the office directly for training schedule and cost.
  • Other CDL training situations are customized – Contact Lenard Fulmer at 970-339-6309 for more details.

Equipment / Flagger Classes Offered

Equipment Training
Includes Backhoe, Loader, Dozer, Grader, and Skid-steer, and all-terrain forklift.

All training occurs at the Aims Community College Fort Lupton site and is customized for the customer. The training is provided by certified National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) trainers. We also partner with Colorado Contractor Association in providing training for local construction companies.

Cost and Length
Backhoe training cost is $1,500 for 30 hours (three days)
Skidsteer / Forklift training length is a half-day each
All other classes are by quote

Flagger Training
Meet current CDOT standards. Class schedules and locations are customized to fit individual's or companies' needs. Class sizes vary and cost per individual depends on size of class. Walk-in flagger training available by appointment.

Payment for Training
No federal payment available. Aims Community College or veteran financial aid is available for any class.

Payment Options

  1. Self-pay
  2. Workforce provides financing for qualified candidates.
  3. Building Highways / Building Careers Project financing for qualified people seeking employment in highway construction.