CDL Commercial Truck Driver Training


The Center for Workforce, Community & Industry Partnerships offers Class-A and B Tractor-Trailer training. Start a career in this lucrative industry. This is a great local opportunity to learn the skills needed to pass the NYS Class A and B driving exam.

This is an 8-10 week training program. It consists of 10 hours of classroom instruction on Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM and 40 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training, scheduled by the student and instructor.

Schedule Start Dates:

The tentative 2024 CDL School schedule has been released. Please note, these are tentative dates that are subject to change.

  • January 11, 2024 - full
  • March 28, 2024 - full
  • May 23, 2024 - full
  • August 1, 2024 - full
  • October 3, 2024
  • January 16, 2025

Process for Registration and Acceptance into the Program:

Registration Requirements

You must be proficient in manual transmission before the first day of class. If you are not proficient in manual transmission, you are subject to being removed from the class after instructor assessment.


Application and Required Documentation


Application and Required Documentation

After your application and required documentation is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a tentative class start date and instructions on securing funding. The CDL program costs $7000 and this cost can be covered by out-of-pocket payment, employer reimbursement, NYS part-time tuition assistance (TAP) for non-degree students, or other local funding sources.

  • 2024-2025 FAFSA and TAP
  • NYS Department of Labor, St. Lawrence County One Stop
    Contact for Services:
    Kyle White
    Ph: 315-229-3378
  • Access VR
    Ph: 518-483-3530
    Toll-free: 800-882-2803
  • GI Bill
    Ph: 315-386-7838
  • St. Lawrence County IDA (an application will be completed through the Center for Workforce, Community & Industry Partnerships)

Class Start Date

Once funding is secured, your class start date will be confirmed. Prior to the class start date (no more than 60 days prior), you will need to secure a drug test and submit the results. Once the negative drug test is received, this will finalize your application and the class dates, campus parking pass, and course instructions will be sent.

  • Drug Test Providers
  • Contact 866-647-3463 x 4 (drug testing) and an associate at Management Information Services will find the closest collection site and set up an order. You will need the DOT emulator UA test (65105N) for $65.00. Once you call Management Information Services, they will enter your request, process payment, and email a barcode that you will take to the collection site.

    Please note - you will need a test code before showing up at the site listed above.

Cost to Attend

  • Cost to attend = $7,000
  • $40 DMV road test fee is included in tuition. If the road test is not passed on the first attempt, an additional $40 fee will be charged to the student for each future attempt.
  • Additional driving hours one-on-one with the trainer can be purchased for $140/hour

Class A Permit Tests

The following exams are required by the DMV and are to be paid by the applicant.

  • Core Exam = $10
  • Air Brake Test = $5
  • Combination Vehicle = $5
  • Permit fee at DMV = $10

Class B Permit Tests

The following exams are required by the DMV and are to be paid by the applicant.

  • Core Exam = $10
  • Air Brake Test = $5
  • Permit fee at DMV = $10

Side view of CDL truck with SUNY Canton graphics.

Contact Information for more questions:

Center for Workforce, Community, and Industry Partnerships
34 Cornell Dr.
Canton, NY 13617

Phone: 315-386-7504
Fax: 315-386-7640


This program qualifies for the new Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs. Learn more about eligibility.

Liz Brown, Executive Director
Workforce, Community, and Industry Partnerships
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Phone: 315-386-7504