Commercial Driver's License Training | BCTC

Commercial Driver's License Training

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Learn to operate trucks safely and gain a working knowledge of the trucking industry.

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What is Commercial driver's license training?

Bluegrass’s training program will prepare you with the skills necessary to earn a full CDL license. Completing students gain the CDLA I certificate. This CDLA program meets all the requirements for ELDT (entry-level driver training) set forth by the FMCSA that began on Feb 7, 2022.

Program includes:

  • 160 hours (4 weeks full time) of training, including 40 classroom hours, 120 skills & driving training hours on standard transmission trucks
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical/Drug Screen
  • DOT Rules and Regulations
  • Kentucky CDL Manual
  • Map Reading Assistance
  • Trip Planning Guidelines
  • CDL Road Test

How do I apply?

CDL training program applicants must meet the following requirements before being admitted into the program:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Read and write the English language fluently.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Meet the Federal DOT physical requirements, including a drug screen.
  • Have a valid driver's license at the time of registration.
  • Obtain the learner’s permit before class starts.

To apply to this program, please request a CDL application from our Workforce Solutions unit.

For more information, complete the Request More Information form located on this site and submit. You will receive an email with more information as well as an application to apply.

You can also email or call the Program Contact with questions.

  • $5,000 tuition includes DOT physical, drug screen, CDL manual, classroom instruction and road training.
  • Tuition does not include the following fees payable to the Driver Licensing Regional Office:
    • CDL application - $24
    • Permit - $11
    • Skills testing - $50
    • Original CDL $40
    • Total: $125
      *Fees are subject to change and are variable based on Standard or Real ID and time remaining on current license.
  • Tuition to be paid in full before the first day of class.
  • Acceptable payment methods: cash, credit card, bank check or student loan.
  • Funding may be available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Contact the Kentucky Career Center to see if you qualify.
    • See Funding Opportunities below for more information and more funding options.

Funding Opportunities

For more information on WIOA services, please complete the WIOA Program Referral Form at

Contact Emerly Smith at (502) 863-0203 for more information and eligibility requirements

Contact the VA benefits hotline at (800) 827-1000. 

Call (502) 564-4440 for more information and eligibility requirements.

For information about this scholarship visit

What are my career choices?

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The catalog describes the course requirements for completing the credential. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

Length of Program

This program is 160 hours (4 weeks full time) of training including 40 classroom hours located at our Leestown campus.

  • Monday-Friday classes meet 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
  • Monday-Thursday classes meet 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Term In-Person Dates In-Person Meeting Days

Spring 2024

April 22 - May 16

Monday - Thursday

Summer 2024

May 28 - June 20

Monday - Thursday

Summer 2024

July 1 - July 25

Monday - Thursday

*Upcoming Schedule is subject to change

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Program Contact

Rebecca Bracken

Project Coordinator

(859) 246-6670
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