Bates Technical College CDL Training

Bates Technical College is the only school in Washington State certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute. Students prepare for entry-level employment as commercial truck drivers with the goal of a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with all endorsements. Bates prepares future commericial motor vehicle operators by providing classroom instruction, on-campus driving range, street driving, using a high tech commercial truck simulator among the various types of equipment.

Courses Offered

Commercial Truck Driving: Entry Level Program

Individual Courses for this program:

  • Safety/First Aid
  • Introduction to the Trucking Industry
  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
  • Pre-trip Requirements
  • Close Quarters Operation
  • Materials/Cargo I
  • City/Town Driving I
  • Freeway/Open Road I
  • City/Town Driving II
  • Materials/Cargo II
  • Freeway/Open Road II
  • Advanced Commercial Driving

Class Schedule

Monday through Friday, 7am-2:30pm or 2:30pm-10pm

Tuition and Fees

While actual tuition depends on classes and programs, there is a lot of information about the tuition and fees (including payment options, refunds, and more) at this link.

Tuition and Fees Information

Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid is easy and a lot of students are already eligible. Check the information here.

Financial Aid Information

Veterans Benefits

Since 1940, Bates Technical College has been serving veterans and their dependents. There are already about 900 veteran or military students taking classes at Bates, so they have premiere services for veterans and military families.

Veterans' Center

Bates Technical College Location

  • Bates Technical College location

    Bates Technical College
    2201 S. 78th Street
    Tacoma, WA 98409
    253-680-7188

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