Commercial Driving provides training to help students gain the qualifications to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) and job in the industry. The course covers all of the aspects needed to safely operate a vehicle and complete a CDL drive test.

Regional Employment Forecast

Hourly Salary Range (Klamath Area):
$15.84 - $21.65
Hourly Salary Range (State of Oregon):
$14.94 - $27.05
Area Employment Projections: Projected growth (2014-2024) in the Klamath area is 16.5%. Projected growth in the state of Oregon is 12.1%.
Statewide Employment Analysis:The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2024. Educational Requirements:The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award.

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department
Data provided for a commercial driver position. For a different employment forecast please visit the State of Oregon's Employment Department.
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Roman Rodgers
CDL Coordinator
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
 

Q & A 

How do you get a CDL?

A commercial driver's license (CDL) is obtained much like a regular driver's license. You must pass a knowledge test as well as a driving test. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the federal entity that regulates commercial drivers. To meet FMCSA regulations you must be 21 years old (to drive across state lines or carry hazardous materials), have no prior disqualifying criminal offenses, have a medical examination self-certification, have a current driver's license, and provide a 10 year driver history. You may also have to meet state specific regulations1.

What is a commercial driver's license?

A commercial driver's license allows you to drive a certain type of commercial motor vehicle. The US Dept. of Transportation classifies a commercial vehicle as: A motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle: 1) Has a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds inclusive of a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds; or 2) Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds, or 3) Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or 4) Is of any size and is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations2.

What are the different CDL license classes?

There are 3 different classes of commercial driver's licenses3:
  • Class A: required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs. or more, to include a towed vehicle that is heavier than 10,000 lbs.
  • Class B: required to operate:
    • A single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier.
      and/or
    • Any vehicle as described above that is towing another vehicle weighing up to 10,000 lbs.
  • Class C:may be required if:
    • The vehicle you intend to drive does not meet the criteria described for either a Class A or Class B license.
      and
    • Is meant to transport either:
      • At least 16 passengers (to include you, the driver).
        or
      • Hazardous material (HAZMAT) as laid out by federal guidelines.
1. http://www.dmv.org/cdl-federal-requirements.php
2. https://ntl.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/164/~/definition-of-a-commercial-motor-vehicle
3. http://www.dmv.org/commercial-drivers/cdl-class-types.php