Commercial Drivers License Program

The transportation industry needs well-educated safe drivers capable of continued growth and liefelong learning skills as new advanced technologies find their way onto our roads. The CDL program at Lakes Region Community College offers Class A and Class B training as well as Class B to Class A upgrades.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a clean driving record
  • Maintain a valid New Hampshire driver’s license
  • Have a high school degree or equivalent
  • Have command of the English language
  • Have reading comprehension skills sufficient to read and comprehend textbook and CDL driver’s guide
  • Have communication skills sufficient to prepare required reports
  • Be able to understand and follow both written and oral instructions
  • Have sufficient vision to distinguish colors, read gauges
  • Have sufficient hearing to distinguish various sounds and noises (adaptive equipment acceptable);
  • Have sufficient dexterity to perform manual skills related to the trucking industry


  1. -Obtain a certified copy of Driving Record from NH Department of Motor Vehicles
  2. -Make an appointment to sign up for the class
  3. -Bring your Driving Record for approval
  4. -Once approved, submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit
  5. -Complete and sign Lakes Region Community College registration forms
  6. -A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and pre-employment drug screen appointment will be scheduled
  7. -After successfully completing the DOT screening $5250 tuition is due
  8. -Complete CDL Pre-requirements list before the first class

PLEASE NOTE: A college application and application fee are not required for the CDL class

The Class A CDL tractor-trailer program is a 14-week competency based driver training course that focuses on classroom work, vehicle inspection, pre-trip and in-the-vehicle training time. When trainees have mastered driver competencies and earned their CDL A, they begin working in the industry, often having lined-up a job before finishing the course.

The schedule for the 14-16-week course (depending on weather and scheduled days off) is as follows:

  • The first 7 weeks are in the classroom Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-9 p.m
  • The second 7 weeks consist of driving 2 nights a week
  • Every Saturday for 14 weeks consists of skills and pre-trip studies on the vehicle 6:45 a.m.-3 p.m.


***A driving permit is required prior to driving***

The course covers written and practical tests. Training topics include: trip planning, maintaining daily logs, handling and documenting cargo, employer and public relations, industry regulations and driving time.

Students who successfully complete the CDL Class A training earn a certificate of course completion and receive assistance in job-seeking skills and job placement.

Although the course is non-credit, participants are graded on attendance, understanding regulations, keeping logbooks, pre-trip inspection, range skills, and road skills.

 Note: For those who may need extra help in reading or test taking, tutoring time can be arranged with the  on-campus Learning Center.


Non-Refundable Deposit:                  $350

Tuition:                                            $5,250

Tuition Total:                                   $5,600

**Approximate Additional Costs:        $190

Total Estimated Cost for CDL-A Upgrade Program:      $5,790

**NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing required books and maps (approximate cost $90).
Students are also responsible for the State testing fees (approximate cost $100)

Financial Arrangements

The college accepts checks, credit card payments, and vouchers from funding agencies as well as from individual trainees or from their corporate sponsors.

Deferred payment plans are available through the Business Office

Salliemae student loans are available at

Ask about the availability of a new CDL scholarship.

Federal Financial Aid is not available for the CDL program.


CRN Course # Course Name Dates Cost
23005 NCWK5265L Program Screening Jan 23, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018 $350
23004 NCWK5270L CDL Tractor Trailer Program* Jan 23, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018 $5,250
23006 NCWK5260L CDL Upgrade Jan 23, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018 $1,850
23055 NCWK5275L CDL Re-Test Jan 23, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018 $250
  NCWK5265L CDL B Program Screening   $350
  NCWK5280L CDL B Training Program   $3,850
23053 NCWK5265L Program Screening Mar 13, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 $350
23052 NCWK5270L CDL Tractor Trailer Program* Mar 13, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 $5,250
23054 NCWK5260L CDL Upgrade Mar 13, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 $1,850
23056 NCWK5275L CDL Re-Test Mar 13, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 $250
  NCWK5265L CDL B Program Screening Mar 13, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 $350
  NCWK5280L CDL B Training Program Mar 13, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 $3,850

CDL Tractor Trailer Program meets Tuesday and Thursday (4 - 9 pm) and Saturday (6:45 am - 3 pm)

CDL Flyer

CDL A Upgrade

For those currently holding a valid CDL-B License, this 30-hour course prepares the drivers for the CDL “A” exam.
Learn more about this option...

CDL Class B

For those looking for a Class B License, this 7-week compentency based course focuses on classroom and in-the-vehicle training.
Learn more about this option...

For more CDL information,

Jeffrey Bonan
Phone: 603-366-5273

Nancy Marcoux
Phone: 603-366-5236

Mike Rowell
Phone: 603-366-5259

Michael Parker
Phone: 603-366-5241