Funding for Commercial Driver Training

On a continuous basis, we offer funding (up to $1,500) to eligible WOMEN and MINORITY MALES to help with the cost of CDL classes through the following state-approved Commercial Driver Training Schools:

For Commercial Driver Training School contact information, click here.

How to apply for our funding:

  1. Review the eligibility requirements. You are eligible if you are:

    • A woman or minority;

    • At least 18 years old; and have

    • A valid Vermont drivers license.

  2. Decide which Commercial Driver Training School you want to attend. Use the links provided above to choose the school and training program that best fits your needs. Things you may want to consider are the location (some schools offer training in multiple locations), the days/times classes are offered, whether the school has a simulator on site, if they offer individual coaching and if they help with job placement. Some schools also offer language and literacy assistance.
  3. Complete an application and return it to Beth Meyer-Ehrich by email, mail or fax. 

If your application is approved, the school will bill VTrans for half of the awarded amount when you earn your permit and the remaining amount when you earn your license.

These training programs provide the following services:

  • CDL A:
    A 148-hour (minimum) state-approved driver training program for entry-level tractor-trailer drivers. 
  • CDL B:
    A 74-hour (minimum) state-approved driver training program for straight truck drivers. 
  • Upgrade:
    Drivers holding Class B CDL licenses can receive training to upgrade to a Class A license by successfully completing a 74-hour (minimum) course.

All courses provide a combination of classroom, range and on-the-road instruction. Each of them help prepare prospective truck drivers for taking CDL written and skills tests. Classroom instruction includes topics such as defensive driving; logbook and hours of service; map reading and trip planning; vehicle inspection; and customer relation skills. Range and on-the-road instruction includes topics such as turning; shifting; normal and panic stopping; alley dock; safe backing skills; and conventional parallel parking. Vehicles are provided for students to take the CDL skills test. All tests are given at DMV test sites. Students are required to undergo a physical exam and drug screening by a nationally certified examiner.

To find out more about the Deparment of Motor Vehicle (DMV) requirements for the Commercial Drivers Licenses, please visit their website. To download the DMV Commercial Driver's Manual,  click here.

Not eligible for our funding? Need additional funding to pay for the course? Here are some other options you may want to consider:

  • The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) gives out "non-degree grants" that can be used towards CDL training. Visit their website to learn more about grant eligibility requirements and how to apply. 
  • If you get 3SquaresVT, you may be eligible for Jobs for Independence — a free job readiness and training pilot program through the Department for Children and Families. Visit their website to learn more about program eligibility requirements and how to apply.
  • The Vermont Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs may be able to provide some assistance. To find the nearest Career Resource Center where you can talk with someone about program eligibility requirements, click here.

 

For more information contact:
Beth Meyer-Ehrich
Civil Rights Program Manager
Tel: (802) 828-2715  Fax:(802) 828-1047